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NEC unveils 'industry's most comprehensive' line of MCUs

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NEC Electronics Corp. and its subsidiaries in the U. S. and Europe, introduced the 78K0/Kx2 series of 8bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with embedded flash memory.

With 48 products in the series offering memory capacities ranging from 8KB to 128KB and 30-pin to 80-pin packages, this new line of MCUs is one of the industry's most comprehensive, the company said. The 78K0/Kx2 series is targeted for use in a wide range of home appliances, consumer electronics, industrial equipment, automotive systems, lighting systems and sensors.

Members of the 78K0/Kx2 series employ SuperFlash technology licensed from Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST), and are manufactured using a 0.15?m process technology. The devices offer operating speeds of up to 20MHz and power supply voltages ranging from 1.8V to 5.5V, while reducing operating current to 2.5mA. According to NEC, this operating current is less than one-third of similar mask ROM MCUs.

"8bit MCUs are shipping in significant volume as MCUs become more and more prevalent in today's appliances and industrial equipment," shared Yoichi Yano, VP for NEC's 1st Systems Operations Unit. "With the launch of the 78K0/Kx2 series of MCUs, NEC demonstrates its commitment to the flash microcontroller market, while continuing to provide 8bit MCUs with a broad range of performance and feature sets to support a variety of applications at compelling prices."

The 78K0/Kx2 series marks the latest step in the evolution of NEC's 78K series of 8bit MCUs. The series was launched in 2003 with the announcement of the 78K0/Kx1 series of MCUs. In May of this year, the company unveiled the 78K0S/Kx1+ series of low pin count MCUs with flash memory.

NEC will launch a service to assist developers with flash programming, scheduled to start next month for the 78K0S/Kx1+ series, and April 2005 for the 78K0/Kx2 series. These services, together with tools such as on-chip debugger and flash programmer, will help reduce the time and cost customers currently spend on programming, and will enable approximately 50 percent faster turnaround times compared to similar mask ROM products, the press release said.

Samples of the 78K0/Kx2 are scheduled to begin shipping in January 2005. Pricing for individual products in the 78K0/Kx2 line will vary based on the configuration. For example, the 78K0/KF2 with 60KB of flash memory is priced at $5 per unit. Mass production is scheduled to begin in April 2005, and NEC expects production volumes of the various configurations of the 78K0/Kx2 series of MCUs to reach 3 million units per month by 2006.

For a detailed listing of the various MCUs in the 78K0/Kx2 series and their configurations, visit the company's website.

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