Santa Clara, Calif. NEC Electronics America, Inc.’s 16-bit 78KOR series flash microcontrollers boasts low power consumption of 1.8 milliwatts per million instructions per second (mW/MIPS) and six times the power/performance ratio of NEC Electronics' 8-bit 78K0 MCUs. The units are aimed at household appliance and industrial systems markets.
Consisting of 30 devices in packages with pins ranging from 64 to 100, and flash memory configurations ranging from 64 to 256 kilobytes, the series provides engineers with an extensive variety of design options, according to NEC.
A three-stage pipeline enables high-speed processing and supports
performance up to 13 MIPS. The series also features power-on reset functions, voltage-detection circuits, on-chip oscillators, calendar timers, and low electromagnetic
interference (EMI). The 16-bit 78K0R instruction set includes the 8-bit 78K0
instruction set, enabling the upward compatibility of 78K0 devices with most
78K0R products. With a smooth migration path, customers can reuse existing
resources to improve development efficiency even more.
With NEC Electronics' 0.15-micron process technology and embedded flash
memory based on SuperFlash technology from Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.,
78K0R series devices are priced competitively with 16-bit mask ROM devices.
NEC Electronics America provides an array of tools to support efficient
development of all of its MCUs, including those in the new 16-bit series. The
company's tool suite includes on-chip debuggers and the MINICUBE2
debugger/flash programmer combination, as well as a software simulator and
Applilet sample code generator program. To further accelerate the development
cycle, NEC Electronics America offers its own flash programming services as
well as services provided by a number of third-party vendors.
In recent years, consumer electronics products, household appliances and
industrial systems traditionally controlled by 8-bit MCUs have grown increasingly sophisticated, making higher performance levels, lower power consumption and competitive pricing of greater concern to manufacturers.
Samples of the 16-bit series are expected to be available starting in
April 2006 with volume production scheduled to begin in October 2006. Pricing for the 100-pin 78K0R/KG3 MCU with 256 KBytes of memory is $5 in 1000-lot orders. Combined volume production for the 30 devices in the series is expected to
reach one million units per month in fiscal year 2007. Pricing and
availability are subject to change.
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