Targeting designers of industrial and consumer applications who need solutions with low power consumption and increased integration, Freescale has introduced the ColdFire+ MCF51Qx and MCF51Jx microcontroller (MCU) families. They are manufactured on its 90nm thin film storage flash technology with FlexMemory and claims they are one of the most low-power, integrated, cost-effective, small-package 32-bit families on the market today.
The ColdFire+ Qx and Jx families bring FlexMemory to the ColdFire portfolio; configurable embedded electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM), as well as highly-accurate mixed-signal capability, low-power features and additional application-specific peripherals for consumer devices.
Other capabilities include encryption and security, USB audio, capacitive touch interfaces and display technology. The touch sensing module, which, when combined with Freescale's recently introduced Xtrinsic Touch-Sensing Software, is expected to simplify touch key configuration by allowing multiple electrode array combinations and provide designers a full-scale, highly accurate and robust touch sensing solution.
The enablement bundle features Freescale's complimentary MQX real time operating system (RTOS) with USB audio, mass storage, human interface device and class stacks that help simplify hardware management and streamline software development. Also included is CodeWarrior Development Studio with MQX RTOS kernel awareness for advanced debug support that is based on the Eclipse open development platform.
For more information about ColdFire+ MCUs, visit http://www.freescale.com/coldfire+.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.