Infineon Technologies AG is taking dead aim at 8-bit devices with its new family of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0-based XMC1000 family of industrial and consumer low-end consumer microcontrollers.
Claiming they will provide 32-bit performance at 8-bit prices, the Munich. Germany based firm is manufacturing the chips on 300-mm diameter wafers using a 65-nm CMOS manufacturing process with embedded flash memory.
Scheduled to be available in sample quantities in March 2013, the XMC1000 MCUs are based on the Cortex-M0 processor core licensed from ARM Holdings plc and are complementary to the XMC4000 series industrial MCUs launched in January 2012, and based on the Cortex-M4 processor core.
The new MCUs incorporate a set of peripherals designed to address typical 8-bit applications such as sensor and actuator applications, LED lighting, digital power conversion, uninterruptible power supplies and simple motor drives, including those used in household appliances, pumps, fans and e-bikes.
Infineon is launching the XMC1000 family in three series; the entry-level XMC1100, the XMC1200 (feature series) and the XMC1300 (control series). The three series are differentiated in terms of memory capacity and peripheral set. On-chip flash memory capacity ranges between 8-kbytes and 200-kbytes. In all the XMC1000 family currently comprises 23 products in TSSOP packages with 16, 28 and 38 pins.
The XMC1000 offers scalability down from the XMC4000 microcontroller family and can be programmed with the free DAVE development environment. Volume production is planned for 4Q13.