Austin, Tex. Freescale Semiconductor’s newest 32-bit ColdFire MCF532x and MCF537x processor families feature an on-chip USB host module and an USB on-the-go module. The processors are based upon the V3 ColdFire core which delivers performance up to 211 MIPS at 240MHz.
USB on-the-go allows two USB devices to communicate with each other without the need for a host interface. This allows the USB controller to perform a dual role, acting either as the USB host or device, making it ideal for markets that require system-to-system communication.
To accommodate the growing trend toward industrial applications that use more standardized connectivity protocols, these devices feature an integrated controller area network (CAN) module and an integrated Fast Ethernet Controller which provide engineers added on-chip network connectivity functionality.
The MCF532x and MCF537x processors also have an on-chip hardware encryption accelerator that supports leading encryption algorithms and protocols for secure connectivity while maintaining system performance. Both device families feature four different low power management modes that optimize power consumption without sacrificing system performance.
In addition, the MCF532x offers an on-chip LCD controller that enhances system performance and reduces system cost for applications that require LCDs for human machine interfaces.
Freescale’s development platforms feature a plug-in system on the module called a Fire Engine that can be designed directly into an application and will be available for individual resale. The evaluation boards come with a complimentary Special Edition of CodeWarrior Development Studio for ColdFire Architectures.
To support these ColdFire families, Freescale has developed a companion power management IC called the MC34710. The programmable output voltages feature supports a wide variety of uses, and the power sequencing feature ensures a seamless match to the two new MCF532x and MCF537x ColdFire device families.
Samples of the MCF532x and MCF537x processors are currently available, with production quantities becoming available in the second quarter of 2006. Suggested resale pricing in 10,000-piece quantities starts at $10.00 (USD) for the MCF532x and $11.00 for the MCF537x devices.
The MC34710 is currently available for samples with production quantities expected to be available in Q1 2006. The suggested resale price in 10,000-piece quantities starts at $1.92.
For more information about MCF532x and MCF537x families, visit www.freescale.com/coldfire.
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