"Our XMC4000 family combines optimized peripherals with the advantages of the widespread ARM architecture for industrial applications," said Stephan Zizala, senior director responsible for industrial and multimarket microcontrollers at Infineon, in a statement. "Our customers in industrial electronics benefit from our many years of application experience that result in convincing novelties: flexible timers, fast ADC's, fast and robust flash memory and extended temperature ranges of up to 125 degrees C. Using the development environment DAVE makes familiarization with the XMC4000 family convenient, time-saving and free of charge."
The first series to be launched is the XMC4500. These offer a 120-MHz CPU and up to 1-Mbyte of embedded flash, 160-kbytes of RAM and a range of peripheral and interface functions.The package options are LQFP-144, LQFP-100 and LFBGA-100.
The portfolio will range in performance from 80-MHz clock and 64-kbytes of flash at the XMC4100 low end to 180-MHz and 2.5-Mbytes of flash at the XMC4700 top end, which is currently in definition.
Samples of the XMC4500 series and DAVE 3 will be available from March 2012, Infineon said. High-volume production of the XMC4500 products is due to start in May 2012.
For development support Infineon offers a modular design kit with which up to three additional application boards can be connected to the basic design board, depending on the respective application requirements. Samples of the XMC4400, XMC4200 and XMC4100 series will be available from the fourth quarter of 2012. Depending on the XMC4000 series and package selected, the unit price for a XMC4000 microcontroller ranges between 1 euro and 7 euro (about $9), Infineon said.
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