Second gen of Freescale Kinetis ARM Cortex-M4-based MCUs boost power efficiency, performance - Embedded.com

Second gen of Freescale Kinetis ARM Cortex-M4-based MCUs boost power efficiency, performance

Freescale Semiconductor has launched the next generation of its flagship Kinetis K series microcontrollers (MCUs) with the expansion of its existing Kinetis K1x, K2x and K6x MCU families, and the introduction of the Kinetis K0x MCU family. In addition, Freescale has dramatically expanded its enablement software offerings for the entire Kinetis product line, providing customers an exceptionally broad array of MCU software and tools support, including a new Kinetis software development kit and Kinetis Design Studio IDE. The portfolio delivers up to 180MHz of performance, a floating point unit with 8KB I/D cache reaching 100MHz with 64KB of Flash, 2MB Flash and 256KB SRAM, all while maintaining market-leading power/performance ratios.

Freescale has added best-in-class, low-power capabilities, resulting in significant performance/power efficiency ratio improvements over previous generation products. The result is outstanding Cortex-M3/-M4 class power efficiency, exceptionally low dynamic power usage while running from 100 to 180MHz, and 7x less static power consumption compared to the closest competitor.

Complementing the processing enhancements of the newest Kinetis K series is a dramatic expansion of development support for the Kinetis MCUs, designed and assembled to help customers create robust, highly functional prototypes in less than 24 hours.

The new Kinetis software development kit (SDK): a comprehensive software framework — available initially for Kinetis K series MCUs, but planned for future availability across the entire portfolio — for developing applications based on Kinetis MCUs. The SDK incorporates hardware abstraction layers, RTOS adapters, peripheral drivers, libraries, middleware, utilities, and usage examples.

  • The new mbed-enabled, low-cost FRDM-K64F Freescale Freedom development platform. Compatible with the broad Arduino hardware ecosystem, this platform adds to a growing lineup of Freescale Freedom development platforms for Kinetis L series and K series MCUs.
  • Freescale Processor Expert Software, which helps to create, configure, and generate software and drivers for Freescale microcontrollers.
  • Bootloader software for Kinetis MCUs which enables in-system Flash programming over a serial connection and supports erase, program and verification capabilities.
  • The broad ARM ecosystem of support with featured IDEs from Atollic, Green Hills Software, IAR Systems and ARM’s own Keil tools, along with a new Kinetis Design Studio from Freescale that is currently available in beta version for interested customers.

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