LONDON Ė German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG has launched its XMC4000 family of 32-bit microcontrollers based on the Cortex-M4 core licensed from ARM Holdings plc.
The XMC4000 family is intended to support three trends in industrial applications, Infineon said, namely: increased energy efficiency, broad support for communications standards and reduced software complexity during development. The company is offering development support for a graphical interface for software authorship and automatic code generation.
XMC stands for "Cross-Market Microcontroller" and Infineon is positioning the family between its 16-bit XE166 family and its 32-bit TriCore family.
The XMC4000 portfolio consists of five series: XMC4100, XMC4200, XMC4400, XMC4500 and XMC4700 that are differentiated from each other in terms of core frequency, memory capacity and peripheral functions and number of I/Os. The portfolio supports DSP functionality, floating-point and on-chip flash memory.
The integrated development environment known as "DAVE 3" is Eclipse-based and provides a free GNU compiler, debugger and data display utilities which can be extended with third-party tools. DAVE 3 also supports automatic code generation based on predefined software components, the so-called DAVE Apps.
The DAVE Apps are configured using a graphical user interface. The code that is generated can be directly compiled, debugged and displayed in DAVE 3 Ė or imported into third party tools for further processing. Infineon said it has cooperated with more than 20 partners who can support the XMC4000 family in various ways.