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MCU packs high performance, low power in small form

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontroller? MCU? processor? PCB?


From NXP Semiconductors comes what is claimed to be the smallest general-market 32bit microcontroller based on the Cortex-M0 processor. Unleashing unprecedented computing power in 5mm? of PCB area, the LPC1102 is targeted at very high volume applications requiring an ultraminiature board footprint.

NXP's LPC1100 is the lowest-priced 32bit MCU solution in the market, bringing higher value and ease of use than existing 8/16bit MCU through unprecedented performance, simplicity, low power, and more importantly, dramatic reductions in code size for all 8/16bit applications.

As the newest member of the LPC1100 MCU family, the LPC1102 delivers the same key features of low power, high performance and value, while adding the new dimension of miniaturization. The LPC1102, with 32Kbyte of flash and 8Kbyte of RAM on-chip, is available in WL-CSP with dimensions of 2.17mm x 2.32, thickness of 0.6mm, and pitch of 0.5mm.

"More and more of our customers are limited by PCB space as they design products that are racing toward continual miniaturization, while also being expected to deliver more features, performance, as well as longer battery life," said Geoff Lees, VP and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. "The LPC1102 with its 2mm x 2mm footprint is the solution."

"The very rapid roll-out and ongoing innovation by NXP is remarkable and demonstrates the strength and versatility of the ARM Cortex-M0 processor," said Richard York, director of product marketing, processor division, ARM. "Clearly NXP is reaping the benefits as shown by its increasing product portfolio of innovative and successful new ARM processor-based products."

Key product features include a four-channel 10bit ADC, one UART, one SPI, two 32bit and two 16bit timers, and one 24bit system timer. SWD debugging and programming with four breakpoints and two watchpoints are also included. A total of eleven I/O functions also double as general purpose input and output GPIO for maximum flexibility. Offering very low power consumption with active mode current as low as 130?A/MHz, the LPC1102 features an internal IRC oscillator, accurate to 1 percent over the industrial temperature and voltage range. It can also be clocked with an external source.

The LPC1102 will be supported by a wide range of third party development tools, as well as NXP's LPCXpresso development platform featuring a powerful Eclipse-based IDE with an all-new intuitive NXP-designed user interface, optimized Cortex-M0 compiler and libraries. The LPC-Link debug probe and target board provides users with all the tools needed to accelerate product development and time-to-market. LPCXpresso supports the complete product design cycle, providing an end-to-end development solution. For more information, please visit the LPCXpresso page.

Volume production will start in Q4 10. Additional products in the LPC1100 family will be introduced in later in 2010.

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