Renesas adds ARM processors to its MCU mix - Embedded.com

Renesas adds ARM processors to its MCU mix

At its developer conference in Garden Grove, Ca., Renesas Electronics Corp. revealed plans for new additions to its RX family of 32-bit microcontrollers as well as a new family of ARM-based microprocessors.

Renesas executives said it is using its proprietary 40-nm MONOS embedded flash technology on new versions of its RX MCUs, as well as expand the family to include a low-power, low-cost microcontroller for the embedded market that includes as little as 8 kilobytes (KB) of flash memory.

The new additions include the the RX700 series—a higher speed version of the company's RX600 MCUs, as well as the ultra low power RX100 series. All RX microntrollers, all of which incorporate flash memory.

The new RZ family of ARM-based microprocessors are being targeted at designs which need high-speed data processing in excess of 300 MHz, and combine the ARM core with Renesas' library of peripherals.

The family will include two series optimized for two primary application areas—graphic and human/machine interfaces and connectivity. Now in development, the 40-nm versions of the RX600 MCUs will be available in sample quantities in the second quarter of 2013, and first versions will feature 4-MB of MONOS flash and 512-KB SRAM.

Samples of the RX100 series featuring flash memory integration from 8- to 128-KB are now available in limited quantities, with mass production scheduled for the first quarter of 2013. Samples of the first 40-nm RZ microprocessors will be available in the second quarter of 2013.

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