MCUs feature hardware-based security
STMicroelectronics recently introduced the STM32L5 microcontroller (MCU) series featuring the Arm Cortex-M33 core with Arm’s TrustZone hardware-based security. The MCUs provide an ultra-low-power, highly secure solution for connected devices from industrial sensors and controls and home automation devices to smartwatches and fitness trackers. While Arm’s TrustZone security enhances protection for IoT devices, the STM23L5 series also supports secure boot, key storage, hardware cryptographic accelerators, and flexible software isolation.
The new MCU series leverages STMicroelectronics’ know-how in low-power technology by implementing methods like power gating, real-time acceleration, adaptive voltage scaling, and reduced-power operating modes to reduce power consumption to as low as 33 nA in shutdown mode. The devices achieved 402 (non-certified) ULPMark-CP in the Embedded Microcontroller Benchmarking Consortium’s (EEMBC) ULPBench.
The STM23L5 MCUs provide consumer and industrial interfaces such as USB Type-C, USB Power Delivery, and CAN FD as well as a variety of analog and integrated digital peripherals.
Smart analog features include an analog-to-digital converter, two power-gated digital-to-analog converters, two ultra-low-power comparators, and two operational amplifiers with programmable-gain amplifier (PGA) functionality and external or internal follower routing.
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