Sunnyvale, Calif.--July 20, 1998--Philips Semiconductors announced a price reduction for its 16-bit microcontroller, the XA-G3,by more than 30 percent effective immediately. The company decreasedprices of the first member of its 16-bit XA (extended architecture)family to help provide designers with an easier migration path from 8-to 16-bit architectures.
The XA-G3 is first microcontroller on the market to extend the popular 80C51 architecture to 16-bit operation. Specific features of the XA-G3 include 32 K of on-chip EPROM/ROM program memory, 512 bytes of on-chip data RAM, and 1 Mbyte of external program and data memory space. It also offers 20-bit external addressing, three standard 16-bit counter/timers with enhanced features, and a watchdogtimer. The XA-G3 also incorporates two enhanced UARTs, and four 8-bitI/O ports with software configurable outputs. It supports 2.7-5.5 Vstatic operation, and is available in 44-pin QFP and 44-pin PLCCversions. Both versions are pin-compatible with the 80C51.
Philips Semiconductors also offers the XA-S3, a full-featuredderivative with 1024 bytes of RAM, extra I/O, a high-resolution A/Dconverter, a powerful Programmable Counter Array (PCA) and an I2C serialinterface. Philips Semiconductors will be expanding the XA family withmultiple derivatives that support various high-performance embeddedcontrol applications technologies such modems, telephones, car systems,industrial motor control, global positioning systems, smart cards andvideo on-screen applications.
The ROM and ROM-less versions of the XA-G3 are available at $4.00 inquantities of 1,000, suggested resale price. Both devices, includingthe one-time programmable (OTP) version, the XA-G37, are in stock andavailable now through Philips Semiconductors' network of worldwidedistributors.
Philips Semiconductors, Inc.
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