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New NEC MCUs offer more memory, options

Posted: 28 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontrollers? MCU? NEC? SuperFlash? Silicon Storage?

NEC Electronics America Inc. has added 16 new devices to its line of 16bit and 32bit all-flash MCUs. These latest MCUs offer up to twice the memory and an increase in pin-count options compared to previous devices in the line.

Based on advanced 0.15?m processes using SuperFlash technology licensed from Silicon Storage Technology Inc., the new devices include two 32bit V850ES/JJ3 MCUs with up to 1Mbyte of flash memory, and 14 new 16bit 78K0R/Kx3 MCUs with up to 512KBytes of memory and 144-pin packages. These devices are aimed at industrial and office applications such as security systems, utility meters, scanners and printers, and for consumer applications such as digital TVs, projection televisions and DVD receivers.

As market competition increases, system developers are being called on to meet dramatically higher performance targets while achieving shorter development times, more compact designs and lower costs, said Bart Ladd, general manager, standard solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America.

Development tools
NEC Electronics America also provides an array of tools to support efficient development for all its MCUs. These tools include the MINICUBE2 debugger/flash programmer combination, which makes it simple to develop and test MCU programs, and the Applilet device driver generator, which supports the development of initialization programs for MCU peripheral functions. Together, these tools provide an easy-to-use design environment to support the development of MCU software.

The new devices are currently available at $13.50 for the V850ES/JJ3 MCUs and $9 for the 78K0R/Kx3 MCUs in sample quantities. The 32bit V850ES/JJ3 is expected to be ready for volume production by May 2007, and the 78K0R/Kx3 is expected to be ready for volume production by October 2007. Total monthly production for all 16 devices is expected to reach 100,000 units worldwide by Q1 2008.

- Marty Gold

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