The latest STM32L0 microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics, now fully qualified and in stock at ST and at appointed distributors, enable customers’ applications to achieve record low power consumption. The micros leverage a combination of the energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M0+ core, optimized architecture, power-management modes, ultra-low-power peripherals, support for energy-saving USB features, and proprietary ultra-low-power process technology to keep applications running.
With run consumption down to 87µA/MHz, 440nA stop mode with full RAM data retention, a low-power time counter, and fast wakeup time of 3.5µs the STM32L0 allows applications to maximize use of energy-saving modes. The STM32L0 series enables designers of products such as computer peripherals, healthcare monitors and trackers, industrial sensors, and smart-home devices to deliver market-leading battery life and create slim and lightweight new styles. Where other devices suffer rapidly increasing current consumption at higher temperatures, ST’s process technology maintains stability over a wide temperature range, ensuring these devices offer what the company claims is the world’s lowest power consumption at 125°C. The STM32L0 series also has a claimed world’s lowest Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) power consumption. The 12-bit on-chip ADC draws only 48µA when operating at 100ksample/s. Built-in hardware oversampling increases the ADC resolution to 16-bits.
Enhanced STM32Cube MX design tools, including the Power Consumption Calculator wizard now support the STM32L0, helping designers use the new devices to reach ultra-low power-consumption targets. STM32Cube MX helps accelerate generation of initialization code and simplifies porting of designs between different STM32 devices. A new STM32L0 Nucleo board featuring Morpho and Arduino-compatible connectors and fully supported by mbed.org will be also available in mid 2014.
Priced from $0.93 for high volume orders, the new STM32L0 microcontrollers are offered in various package options from 2.7mm x 2.7mm WLCSP36 to 10mm x 10mm LQFP64, and with up to 64KByte of Flash, 8KByte of SRAM, and 2KByte of EEPROM.