SAN JOSE, Calif. – XMOS Ltd. (Bristol, England) is expected to launch a range of multicore event-driven microcontrollers called xCORE-Analog at the DESIGN West exhibition being held here.
The xCORE-Analog or A series range covers 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 virtual multicore processors that come in single and dual tile -- physical core -- versions and are optimized for industrial applications. The components include 12-bit, 1-megasample per second analog-to-digital converter, 8 channels to it, power management circuitry and a range of timers on a separate die that is linked to one of XMOS's established microcontroller die in a single package.
By combining analog and digital interfacing, communications and deterministic control in a single device, the integrated analog functions reduce component count, save power and improve signal integrity, XMOS said.
The A-series chips are available in both commercial and industrial operating temperature ranges and are expected to find applications in a broad range of industrial products including sensors and actuators that require local intelligence, PLCs, communications and motor controllers.
The analog capability has been included in the xTimeComposer development kit so that microcontroller applications can be developed quickly.
The introduction of the A-Series follows several recent significant announcements from XMOS within the industrial arena, including the addition of industrial Fieldbus capabilities; the launch of an industrial serial bus (IS-BUS) I/O card for the modular sliceKIT development system; and the announcement of a collaboration with Synapticon enabling smart motor control and service robotics applications. The A-Series is supplemented by the company’s expanding xSOFTip range of soft peripherals, which includes real-time Ethernet, USB and human-machine interface (HMI) functions.
"The integration of analog functionality alongside the deterministic xCORE architecture opens up multicore microcontrollers to a whole new range of developers and application types," commented Nigel Toon, CEO of XMOS, in a statement. "xCORE-Analog combines the best of hardware integration and software configurability, offering a degree of intelligence and flexibility that is well beyond traditional MCU solutions."
The xCORE A-Series devices include up to eight channels of 12-bit, 1 MSPS analog-to-digital conversion; power-on reset, brown-out protection and watchdog facilities; integrated oscillator; deep sleep memory; and integrated DC/DC converter to allow for operation from most power supplies. The devices’ power-management features enable low sleep-mode power consumption of 100-microamps.
The xCORE A-Series devices ship in 42- and 90-pin BGA packages and will be sampling in Q2 2013, with volume production expected in 4Q13. Pricing is from $4.60 for volumes of over 25,000 units.
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