NXP buys Sharp's BlueStreak ARM-based MCU line - Embedded.com

NXP buys Sharp’s BlueStreak ARM-based MCU line

LONDON — NXP Semiconductors has acquired the BlueStreak microcontroller product portfolio from Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas.

The deal will enable NXP (Eindhoven, Netherlands) to manufacture the ARM7 and ARM9 processor-based BlueStreak microcontrollers and expands NXP’s range of ARM-based microcontrollers to 50 products.

The portfolio will include 11 ARM processor-based MCUs featuring LCD controllers to support graphical displays, including the NXP LPC2478 and LPC2470 announced earlier this year. Other peripherals available on the MCUs include Ethernet, USB, MMU, CAN and 10-bit ADC.

Hein van der Zeeuw, executive vice president and general manager, multimarket semiconductors business unit, NXP Semiconductors said the acquisition “underscores NXP’s commitment to further strengthen our microcontroller product line and grow in particular with Japanese customers.”

In 2001 Sharp designated its Camas, Washington facility to direct all of the company's MCU/SOC products the team there based the line primarily on ARM cores and announced the first BlueStreak 32-bit product in 2002. The company also had 8 and 16-bit devices in the BlueStreak range.

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