San Jose, Calif. Royal Philips Electronics has beefed-up its LPC2000 microcontroller family with three devices that can operate at speeds up to 70 MHz (63 MIPs), 10 Mhz faster than the current fastest ARM7 MCUs on the market, according to Philips Semiconductors.
The LPC2101, LPC2102 and the LPC2103 based on the ARM7 TDMI-S architecture, are priced as low as $1.47 in 10,000 piece quantities. Philips says it has closed the pricing gap between the 32-bit ARM7 devices and the more mature 8-bit MCUs. The entent is to enable an easy upgrade for 8-bit and 16-bit MCU users to the higher performance 32-bit units.
The company’s newest ARM7-based MCUs feature 128-bit wide flash memory, fast I/O capabilities, which allow bit-toggling at a speed of 17.5 MHz. In addition, the new 210x family of MCUs offer power management features that allow deep power-down mode current consumption – with the real-time clock running – to be less than 10 microamps. On-board communication peripherals include two 16C550-compatible UARTs, two Fast I2C-bus interfaces, two SPI/SSP interfaces, four timers with PWM capability and a 10-bit A/D converter.
For more details of the MCUs, please see the block diagram below.
See Figure 1: Philips
Pricing for the three new MCUs is based on the amount of on-board memory. The LPC2101 with 8 KB flash and 2 KB SRAM is priced in quantities of 10,000 at US$1.47. The LPC2102 with 16 KB flash and 4 KB SRAM is priced in quantities of 10,000 at US$1.85. The LPC2103 with 32 KB flash and 8 KB SRAM is priced in quantities of 10,000 at US$2.20. The LPC210x MCUs will be available starting in November 2005.
“Because our customers are continuing to demand higher-performing MCU products, we see a great growth potential for 32-bit MCUs in this market,” said Joe Yu, director of strategic marketing, microcontroller product line, Philips Semiconductors. “Our focus continues to be on performance, power and price, and we are continuing to work with our customers to meet their demands in these areas.”
The LPC2000 family offers users comprehensive tools and development support environments from traditional 8-bit and 32-bit partners, including Keil, IAR, Nohau, Hitex, Ashling and ARM Inc. Development kits from IAR and Keil, including compilers and development boards, start at US$99 and US$149, respectively.
For more information on the microcontrollers, please visit www.philips.com/microcontrollers
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