NXP Semiconductors N.V. has started to ship in volume its LPC1788, an ARM Cortex-M3-based MCU with an integrated LCD controller.
With up to 96 KB of on-chip SRAM and a 32-bit external memory interface, the LPC178x series allows customers to easily and cost-effectively add high-quality graphics to their applications. With support for a wide range of graphics display panels, the LPC178x series is well-suited for industrial automation, point-of-sale, and medical diagnostic applications.
The LCD interface includes its own DMA controller to allow it to operate independently of the CPU and other system functions. A built-in FIFO acts as a buffer for display data, providing flexibility for system timing, while hardware cursor support can further reduce the amount of CPU time needed to operate the display. In addition, the NXP LPC178x microcontrollers support Super-Twisted Nematic (STN) and Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) graphic display panels up to 1024 x 768 pixels, from monochrome up to 24-bit true-color.
The 120-MHz LPC178x MCUs have up to 512 KB Flash, 96 KB SRAM and 4 KB EEPROM memory on-chip. The 32-bit external memory controller supports SDRAM, NOR and SRAM devices with four chip selects.
Pricing: In 10K quantities starts in the low $3 to $7 range, depending on memory, features and package.
Availability: Parts are available now from NXP distributors worldwide.
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