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120MHz MCU from Freescale offered in ultra-thin package

Posted: 03 Dec 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale Semiconductor? MCU? wearable? IoT? consumer electronics?

Freescale Semiconductor has uncloaked an ultra-thin version of the Kinetis K22 MCU that supports 120MHz and incorporates a range of memories and interfaces into a package with a height measuring only 0.34mm. According to the company, the device is geared for applications such as chip-and-PIN credit cards, wearables and consumer electronics, where security and small form factors are essential.

As the secure point-of-sale, Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer electronics markets continue to push the limits of size, performance, security and battery life, minimising MCU height is becoming one of the industry's tallest hurdles. By dramatically reducing the device's Z-axis, Freescale's ultra-thin package satisfies the insatiable demand for smaller form factors, more innovative design options and smarter integration, stated the company.

Kinetis K22 MCU

Thin as a blade of grass, Freescale's latest MCU measures only 0.34mm in height. (Photo: Business Wire)

Decreasing the size, and now height, of a MCU presents systems designers with exciting possibilities, including new use cases for innovative applications. For example, Freescale's MCU could enable novel products that monitor a diabetic's glucose levels when adhered to the skin in the form of a stretchable electronic patch, or even under the skin as an implant.

Freescale's Kinetis K22 MCU is available with the orderable part number: MK22FN512CBP12R. The company plans to deploy this ultra-thin packaging technology across a broad spectrum of its Kinetis MCU portfolio, with multiple products planned for release in the months ahead.

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