Spansion launches flexible MCUs for industrial IoT

November 19, 2013

Toni_McConnel-November 19, 2013

Spansion Inc. a complete family of microcontrollers addressing high performance and low power needs for industrial applications such as factory automation, building management, inverter drives, smart meters, home appliances and medical devices. This family includes the release of the first line of its low power Spansion FM0+ products, which are now sampling. The Spansion FM3 Family and the first products of the high performance Spansion FM4 Family are in mass production.

The Spansion FM (flexible microcontrollers) family, based on ARM Cortex-M processors, delivers high performance up to 200 MHz / 250 MIPS for applications such as factory automation, building management and motor control, as well as ultra low power features for sensors, human machine interfaces and home appliances. These products are offered with different voltage ranges from 1.65V to 5.5V, embedded Flash memory options ranging from 64Kbytes to 2Mbytes, analog interfaces, and support for serial, CAN, USB and Ethernet communications interfaces.

The Spansion FM family, which includes over 700 products, comes with high levels of quality and functional safety standards for stringent industrial requirements, and is backed by Spansion's longevity program. A set of sophisticated solution packs of HMI, touch and inverter drives reduced development time by delivering ready to run blocks for different application needs.  In addition, Spansion's virtual development system enables customers to save on evaluation time and costs.

The Cortex-M4 based Spansion FM4 Family incorporates DSP and FPU functions that provide the power required for advanced computations and eases a model-based design approach. The products include a rich set of peripherals, including inverter drive support, SDIO, USB, CAN and Ethernet, and embedded Flash ranging from 256Kbytes to 2Mbytes that support 100,000 rewrite cycles with a 20-year data retention.

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