Global Sources
EE Times-Asia
Stay in touch with EE Times Asia
EE Times-Asia > Controls/MCUs

Freescale expands ColdFire families

Posted: 21 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:freescale semiconductor? motorola? coldfire? mcf547x? mcf548x?

Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc., has unveiled four new ColdFire families - MCF547x, MCF548x, MCF523x and MCF527x - made up of more than 20 processors.

According to Freescale, the families of embedded 32-bit microprocessors are designed to offer a higher level of connectivity, control and security through some of the most flexible processors available today. They are also engineered to reduce memory requirements, power dissipation, system board size and costs in a variety of industrial applications.

The new ColdFire families contain some advanced capabilities over previous ColdFire devices, including an enhanced Time Processing Unit (eTPU).

The MCF547x and MCF548x families, the first to feature the V4e ColdFire core, are some of the most highly integrated ColdFire standard products to date. Devices from these V4e-based families are capable of delivering up to 410MIPS at 266MHz.

The products also offer a vast selection of connectivity with robust encryption options while enabling competitive system solution costs for customers.

The MCF523x family, based on the V2 ColdFire core, is designed specifically for embedded industrial control and motor control applications that require connectivity. This family features the eTPU, a real-time control coprocessor dedicated to performing high-speed, complex timing and I/O.

The MCF523x family also serves as a natural migration path and upgrade for Freescale MC68332 customers requiring higher performance and/or networking support.

The MCF527x family builds upon the peripheral mix of the MCF5272 processor to provide a powerful combination of connection, protection and peripheral selection. This family is designed for cost-sensitive applications that require significant control processing for file management, connectivity, data buffering, user interface and signal processing.

These devices offer an upgrade at no additional cost for current MCF5272 users - a second 10/100 Mbps Ethernet MAC and hardware encryption to help ensure the application can enable secure communication.

To support the new ColdFire families, Freescale has developed the MC34710 companion power management IC that offers built-in flexibility through user-adjustable voltages.

Suggested resale prices for MCF548x, MCF547x, MCF523x, and MCF527x are $20 to $27, $17 to $23, $10 to $15 and $7 to $12 in 10,000 units, respectively.

Article Comments - Freescale expands ColdFire families
*? You can enter [0] more charecters.
*Verify code:


Visit Asia Webinars to learn about the latest in technology and get practical design tips.

Back to Top