Freescale to demo Cortex-M0+ Kinetis devices at DESIGN West

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Freescale to demo Cortex-M0+ Kinetis devices at DESIGN West

Freescale to demo Cortex-M0+ Kinetis devices at DESIGN West

Freescale Semiconductor is to demonstrate its Kinetis L series microcontrollers (MCUs) built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor at DESIGN West in San Jose, California, with alpha sampling due to start in the second quarter of 2012.

Freescale  says the ability to demonstrate these devices is possible due to its  close partnership between ARM during the Cortex-M0+ core development  process and as a lead partner provided  input that helped ARM define and  develop the processor.

The devices are slated for applications  such as domestic appliances, portable medical systems, smart meters,  lighting, power and motor control systems.

"Our close partnership  with ARM throughout the design and development of their new core has  positioned us as the first MCU supplier to produce and demonstrate an MCU based on the Cortex-M0+ and continues our strategy of driving to  market new products based on the ARM architecture," said Reza  Kazerounian, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s  Automotive, Industrial and Multi-Market Solutions Group.

Mike  Inglis, executive vice president and general manager of ARM’s Processor  Division, added "With the addition of the L series to their Kinetis  line, Freescale is creating one of the industry’s broadest, most  scalable ARM Cortex-M MCU portfolios, ranging from very low-cost,  entry-level products based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, up to 4 MB,  200 MHz devices based on the Cortex-M4 processor."

Manufactured  using Freescale’s low-leakage, 90 nm thin film storage (TFS) process  technology, the Kinetis L series will have a selection of on-chip flash  memory densities and analog, connectivity and HMI peripheral options.

Upward  migration through the Kinetis portfolio is available via compatible Kinetis K series devices (built on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor) that  provide access to DSP performance and advanced feature integration.

The  ARM Cortex-M0+ processor includes a reduced two-stage pipeline,  allowing faster branch instruction execution, single-cycle access to I/O  and critical peripherals, optimized access to program memory, linear 4  GB address space that removes the need for paging, reducing software  complexity and ensuring a more 8-bit-like user experience and a micro  trace buffer, providing a low-cost trace solution that allows faster bug  identification and correction without the need for additional I/O  resources.

Freescale will demonstrate the ARM Cortex-M0+ core at its exhibition booth #1604 at DESIGN West , March 26-29 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

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