SAN FRANCISCO—NXP Semiconductors NV Wednesday (Sept. 19) announced the availability of two new families of microcontrollers featuring advanced signal processing capabilities and a wide range of connectivity options.
According to NXP (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), the LPC408x and LPC407x microcontrollers are based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor. The LPC4000 family offers drop-in compatibility with NXP’s LPC178x and LPC177x series, as well as multiple LPC2000 microcontrollers, the company said.
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Both the the LPC408x and LPC407x are considered to be a cost-effective, low-power solution for digital signal control, ideal for displays, scanners, industrial networking, alarm systems, medical diagnostics, and motor-control application, NXP said. The company said it is showcasing the new products this week at DESIGN East 2012 in Boston.
"The LPC408x and LPC407x series provide embedded designers with a stepping stone from our Cortex-M3 based families to our high performance dual-core LPC4300—which at 204 MHz remains the fastest Cortex-M4 microcontroller available today,” said Gordon Cooper, international product marketing manager for NXP's microcontroller business line, in a statement. “We are offering a clear migration path for customers already using NXP Cortex-M3 and ARM7 microcontrollers.”
Operating at speeds of up to 120 MHz, the LPC408x and LPC407x provide up to 512 KB of flash, 96 KB of SRAM, 4 KB of EEPROM, two analog comparators, and a wide range of connectivity peripherals, NXP said. The LPC408x and LPC407x series feature a multi-layer AHB bus that allows high-bandwidth peripherals such as Ethernet and full-speed USB to run simultaneously, without affecting performance, the company said.
The LPC408x and LPC407x microcontrollers also feature an optional 32-bit floating point unit, as well as a graphical LCD controller offering 1024 x 768 pixel display resolution, NXP said. The new LPC microcontrollers also feature NXP’s SPI flash interface, which allows embedded system designers to add a significant amount of low-cost memory, according to NXP.
The LPC407x/8x devices will be available in LQFP packages with 80, 144 or 208 pins and in TFBGA packages with 180 or 208 pins, NXP said. Product samples will be available from major distribution partners by the end of the month, the company said. Development boards are now available from Code Red Technologies and Embedded Artists, with additional boards to be released by IAR later this year, the company said.