PHOENIX - New options will soon be available from Motorola Inc. for embedded systems that require high performance microcontroller (MCU) and digital signal processor (DSP) functionality with integrated Flash memory.
Motorola is combining the performance of its newer 56800E hybrid core with the peripherals of the original 56800 family to meet growing market demand for higher performance cores and embedded Flash memory. The combination will provide a natural migration path for existing users of Motorola's industry-leading 8- and 16-bit MCUs that require more processing capabilities.
The Flash-based 56800E devices, named the 56F83x family, are being designed for automotive, instrumentation and industrial-networking applications including electronic power-assisted steering, data acquisition equipment and factory automation systems. This new MCU/DSP hybrid family will operate at 3.3V in extended temperature ranges
(-40 deg C to +125 deg C) at 60 million instructions per second (MIPS).
Historically, design engineers have addressed the challenges of adding control functions and processing power to systems by dividing the system tasks between multiple chips or even multiple-core solutions. With its 56800 family, Motorola is the first semiconductor manufacturer in the industry to integrate into a single core the performance of a traditional DSP with the control functionality of an MCU. It is designed to enable engineers to reduce the number of chips as well as overall system costs.
Motorola's 56800E core, the evolution of the original 56800 architecture, is available today in six devices at 120 MIPS performance designed for voice and data communications applications.
Current users of Motorola's 8- and 16-bit MCUs, as well as current users of the 56800 family, can expect to have a migration path to the higher performance 56800E core and still have integrated Flash memory at extended operating temperatures. In addition, the 56800E Flashed-based devices will provide 32-bit performance with 16-bit code densities. This is ideal for 16-bit MCU customers needing additional processing power while maintaining code efficiency.
Price and Availability
The 56F83x devices are an extension of the existing 56800 family, with suggested list prices ranging from $2.50 to $20.00 (USD). Select customers are currently sampling the new 56F83x products today and general market availability is expected in early 2003.
Development Tool Support
Metrowerks, a Motorola company, offers its "CodeWarrior" Integrated Development Environment (IDE) as a single tool that crosses Motorola's family of 16-bit controllers. The CodeWarrior IDE is designed to provide navigation, editing and debugging functions such as intuitive graphical project management, optimized C compiler, assembler, linker, debugger, instruction set simulator and more. Through a common IDE environment, the tool helps customers to develop code for Motorola's existing MCU and MCU/DSP families as well as the future 56F83x controllers, helping to smooth the migration between product lines.
Software support from Motorola includes motor control, industrial, automotive, and general purpose applications. Designed to enable customers to reduce development time and costs, the software tools include production-quality drivers and algorithms for the existing 56800 and 56800E families, and will include support for the new 56F83x chips when they are introduced.
For more information, please visit: www.motorola.com.