Santa Clara, Calif. NEC Electronics America, Inc. has launched its newest line of microcontrollers (MCUs), the 8-bit Fx2 series and 32-bit Fx3 series, which are based on the company's 0.15-micron process technology and have embedded flash memory optimized for automotive body and safety control applications.
Featuring pin counts ranging from 44 to 176, and flash memory configurations ranging from 32 kilobytes to 1 megabyte, the new line is composed of 29 MCUs: 13 based on the 8-bit 78K0 CPU core and 16 based on the 32-bit V850ES CPU core. All devices support the controller area network (CAN) and local interconnect network (LIN) protocols.
The products in both the 78K0/Fx2 and V850ES/Fx3 series are pin-compatible with NEC Electronics' previous-generation 78K0/Fx1+ and V850ES/Fx2 MCUs to provide current customers with a smooth migration path to the new series devices.
As a result of increased sophistication in automotive heaters and air conditioners, wiper controllers, power windows, sliding doors, seat controllers, smart keyless entry devices, anti-theft mechanisms, intelligent airbag systems and the like, system designers require electronic components that can support the growing functionality of automotive body and safety control systems. NEC Electronics first addressed this need with its 78K0/Fx1+ and V850ES/Fx2 series MCUs.
"To implement better functionality, original equipment manufacturers and tier-one system suppliers require application-specific semiconductor solutions that integrate special functionality optimized for body and safety applications to help reduce system cost and development time," said Jim Trent, associate vice president and general manager, automotive strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America.
Samples of 78K0/Fx2 series MCUs are available now with volume production scheduled for October 2006. Samples of V850ES/Fx3 series MCUs are scheduled to be available in the coming months with volume production scheduled for December 2006.
More information about NEC Electronics America's products for automotive applications can be found at www.am.necel.com/automotive.
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