OSLO, Norway and SAN DIEGO, CAChipcon AS announced the launch of its CC2510 System-on-Chip (SoC) which includes a 2.4 GHz RF transceiver, 32 kBytes of self-programmable flash memory, 4 kB of RAM, and a low-power single-cycle 8051 MCU.
Housed in a 6 x 6 mm QLP-36 package, the CC2510 is suited for applications that require world-wide frequency regulations compliance as well as small size, long battery lifetime and short development times. Potential applications include wireless keyboard/mouse, wireless VoIP solutions, sports and leisure equipment, remote controls, wireless gaming accessories, cordless payment systems, and active RFID systems.
The CC2510 has been designed specifically for battery-powered applications, and includes a low power sleep timer that can be used to wake up the chip from power-down mode at user-programmable intervals. This timer can run either from a 32 kHz watch crystal if high accuracy is needed, or from an internal RC oscillator for minimum parts count. MCU power consumption is 270 microA/MIPS. The CC2510 has a voltage supply range of +2.0 to +3.6VDC, so it can be powered directly from two AA or AAA alkaline cells.
The CC2510 MCU is a low-power single-cycle 8051 providing up to 26 MIPS (million instructions per second). It can handle data transfers between peripherals and memory without CPU intervention. On-board peripherals include: an 8-channel 8-14 bit ADC, an AES-128 crypto co-processor, two UART/SPI interfaces, three 8-bit timers and one 16-bit timer with PWM capabilities. Together, these peripherals allow the CC2510 to perform all functions needed in a data collection or distribution system.
The radio part of the chip is based on Chipcon's CC2500 transceiver. The in-system programmable flash memory in the CC2510 means that it is possible to upgrade firmware in the field, even transferring software updates over-the-air for maximum convenience. The AES-128 co-processor can be used to encrypt and authenticate the data so that this vital data is not tampered with or decoded.
The CC2510 is supported by a set of development tools, including the IAR C compiler with full in-system debugging support, an extensive set of libraries and examples, and an upcoming universal packet sniffer that can be configured to support any protocol.
The CC2510DK development kit will be available in January. In million quantities the CC2510 will be offered at USD $2.30. Volume production will commence in Q1 2006. Chipcon will offer a ROM version of the CC2510 to high-volume customers, pricing for this will be approximately 30% lower than for the Flash version. Click here for the data sheet.
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