Freescale Semiconductor has added a new family of low-cost ARM Cortex M4 floating-point microcontrollers as low at $0.80 in volume.
Alongside the new Kintetis K0+ family and new development boards, the second generation of Kinetis devices also expands the K1x, K2x, and K6x MCU families with over 600 devices now in the K range and 900 in total.
The new devices start at prices as low as $0.79 for 10ku/year -- the industry's lowest-priced Cortex M4-based MCU with floating-point unit reaching 100 MHz with 64 KB of Flash. The portfolio delivers up to 180 MHz of performance, a floating-point unit with 8 KB I/D cache, 2 MB Flash, and 256 KB SRAM.
Freescale has also launched a new mbed-enabled, low-cost FRDM-K64F Freescale Freedom development platform that is compatible with the broad Arduino hardware ecosystem for Kinetis L series and K series MCUs.
The Kinetis K series MCUs have increased onboard SRAM to address customer demand for more memory when adding features such as connectivity and richer human-machine interfaces. Lower overall BOM costs come from features such as USB with crystal-less functionality for wearables, gaming, IoT data concentrators and end nodes, point-of-sale systems, smart-grid infrastructure, home automation products, and factory automation systems.
With the addition of these second-generation Kinetis K series MCUs, Freescale is taking scalability, performance, power efficiency, and enablement to new levels, said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager for Freescales MCU group.
"The development support we are offering with these highly integrated microcontrollers will redefine customers' expectations across the board," Lees said.
The new Kinetis software development kit (SDK) is a comprehensive software framework available initially for Kinetis K series MCUs, but planned for future availability across the entire portfolio for developing applications based on Kinetis MCUs. The SDK incorporates hardware abstraction layers, RTOS adapters, peripheral drivers, libraries, middleware, utilities, and usage examples.
Freescale Processor Expert Software helps to create, configure, and generate software and drivers for Freescale microcontrollers, and the bootloader software for Kinetis MCUs, which enables in-system Flash programming over a serial connection and supports erase, program, and verification capabilities.
As the broadest and one of the fastest-growing ARM-based MCU portfolios in the industry, the Kinetis MCU portfolio includes more than 900 devices (600 Kinetis K series MCUs), providing customers a vast selection of software and hardware compatible products from which to choose.
A number of the new Kinetis K series MCUs based on ARM Cortex M4, including the Kinetis K63, K64, K24, K22, K21, K12, and K11 MCUs, are already in production today, with new Kinetis K22 derivatives and K02 MCUs sampling now, and even more devices planned for later this year. Customers can start developing today with the variety of available Tower System modules and the newly launched Freescale Freedom development platform, the FRDM-K64F.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.