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element14 Presents FRDM-KL05Z Freescale Freedom Development Hardware

FRDM-KL05ZFollowing the successful launch of the first Freescale Semiconductor Freedom development hardware for the Kinetis family last year, element14 is pleased to announce the global availability of a new board for evaluating Kinetis KL05Z MCUs (FRDM-KL05Z).

Based on the industry’s first microcontrollers built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, the new platform gives design engineers the ability to use the latest 32-bit technology with lower energy consumption and higher performance at costs comparable to existing 8-bit devices.

Utilising the world’s most energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, the FRDM-KL05Z development platform uses 30 percent less power than Cortex-M0 and delivers extremely low power modes to extend battery life and standby time. Its low-power benefits, accelerometer, touch sensing, and Arduino shield compatibility make this new development platform ideal for professional design engineers and electronics developers alike.

“Freescale is excited to announce the expansion of the Freescale Freedom development platform with the FRDM-KL05Z for the Kinetis KL05Z family,” said John Dixon, Mass Market & Distribution Director for Freescale’s MCU group. “These ultra cost-effective development tools are now available through element14. With its deep technical resources, engineers have access to solutions at element14 that can directly support design innovation catering to the ‘Internet of things’.”

The Freescale Freedom development platform for Kinetis L Series MCUs combines an industry-standard form factor with a rich set of third-party expansion board options. It significantly speeds the development process, making it easier and faster to design applications ranging from small appliances, gaming accessories and portable medical systems to audio systems, smart meters, lighting and power controls.

“We are delighted to partner with Freescale in the second wave of their groundbreaking technology,” said David Shen, Group Chief Technology Officer, Premier Farnell. “element14’s unique development platform makes it easy for designers to migrate their legacy systems to a powerful 32-bit architecture, improving performance without increasing cost and power consumption.”

Additional information, manuals, videos, and resources for the Freescale Freedom development platform for the FRDM-KL05Z are available at element14.

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Mouser Is First To Stock NXP LPC800 Series Cortex-M0+ MCUs

LPC800Mouser Electronics is now stocking the new Cortex-M0+ microcontrollers from NXP Semiconductors. LPC800 MCUs offer easy-to-use peripherals, 32-bit capabilities, and exceptional power efficiency.

Based on an ultra-low-power 30-MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, LPC800 is fully compatible with the Cortex-M architecture and instruction set and offers superior code density to 8- / 16-bit architectures. The Cortex-M0+ features a two-stage pipeline that reduces power consumption while improving performance.

LPC800 MCUs also take advantage of the Cortex-M0+ peripheral bus, allowing single-cycle access to the GPIOs. These features enable NXP LPC800 MCUs to offer deterministic, real-time performance – a key requirement for 8-bit developers.

LPC800 includes game-changing features, such as a switch matrix that enables designers to assign on-chip peripherals to any pin with a single line of code or a single click in the configuration tool.

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Mouser Stocks STMicroelectronics STM32 F4 Discovery Expansion Boards

STM32 F4Mouser Electronics announces the availability of STMicroelectronics STM32 F4 Expansion Boards that help discover the features of the STM32 F4 High-Performance Cortex-M4 microcontrollers.

The STMicroelectronics Expansion Boards aim to expand the functionality of the STM32 F4 Discovery board, built around the STM32F4 processor and featuring 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 architecture. The newly available accessories include an LCD module (a 3.5 inch LCD and driver board) and a camera module (contains an OV9655, which is a 1.3 megapixel CMOS SXGA image sensor), both of which connect to the third accessory, a hardware extension base board that provides Ethernet connectivity by plugging directly into the Discovery Board. The base board helps to extend out and conveniently offer all the interfaces on the STM32F4 Discovery board.

The new hardware accessories are custom designed for the Discovery Board STM32 F4 and come with the necessary software drivers, making them easy for engineers to use to quickly extend the functionality of their STM32 F4 design.

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Mouser Offers High-Performance Atmel SAM4S Cortex-M4 Flash MCUs

SAM4SMouser Electronics is now stocking SAM4S ARM Cortex-M4 Flash Microcontrollers from Atmel. SAM4S MCUs boost performance, power efficiency, and memory with up to 2MB of Flash and 160KB of SRAM.

Atmel SAM4S devices operate at 120MHz and integrate Atmel’s Flash read accelerator and optional cache memory to increase system performance. Atmel SAM4S MCUs also offer a rich peripheral set for connectivity, system control, and analog interfacing. The SAM4S series achieves 200µA/MHz in dynamic mode at a low operating frequency and 1µA at 1.8V in back-up mode with the real-time clock running. The devices are pin-to-pin and software compatible with SAM3 and SAM3N Cortex-M3 processor-based MCUs, offering a smooth upwards migration path for performance and memory size.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to design engineers and buyers by delivering What’s Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 19 global support locations and stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is updated daily and searches more than 10 million products to locate over 3 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

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RS Components Supports Rapid Prototyping With New mbed Application Board

mbedRS Components has announced the availability of a new mbed application board.

Based around the mbed developer platform, the new mbed application board includes a host of connectors and external interfaces, eliminating the requirement for add-on boards and thus reducing valuable design time for engineers.

The new application board is credit-card sized (54mm x 86mm) and is specifically designed for use with the mbed NXP LPC1768 microcontroller module. Providing multi-functional capability, the new board enables the maximum number of potential experiments and projects, while retaining board footprint at a minimum.

The mbed application board offers an impressive array of features including a 128 x 32 graphics LCD; a 3-axis accelerometer; temperature sensor; servo-motor headers; PWM controlled LEDs; socket for ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity; Ethernet and USB connectors; and a speaker and I/O audio jacks.

“This new application board is an important addition to the mbed family that allows engineers to experience ARM technology-based programming,’ said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing, RS Components. “Designed specifically for use with the mbed NXP LPC1768, the module saves engineers significant time in project development, and the huge range of connectivity options brings a huge range of ‘Internet-of-Things’ applications into play.”

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MSC offers the new RL78/L13 Group of MCUs from Renesas

RL78/L13MSC now offers the new RL78/L13 Group of low-power microcontrollers from Renesas Electronics. These new MCUs are ideal for use in metering applications, medical devices and household appliances.

The new RL78/L13 MCUs consist of 24 different types in 64-pin and 80-pin packages. With up to 128 KB of flash memory, these MCUs can drive up to 376 LCD segments and therefore belong to the most powerful MCUs in their class.

Additional features of the RL78/L13 Group of MCUs include comparators that enable reliable zero cross detection and timers that support variable pulse width modulation control in real-time. The timers include a forcible output stop function and can contribute to improved safety in applications such as motor controls.

Compared to the real-time clock provided in the RL78/L12 Group MCUs, the RTC in the RL78/L13 MCUs increases the correction resolution and thus increases the clock precision. The date and time values of the RTC are retained without being cleared by reset factors external to the MCU, so that the clock must not be corrected manually. These advanced functions make the new MCUs ideal for use in electricity, gas and water meters, and other systems that require a permanently running high-precision RTC.

In addition, these new RL78/L13 MCUs include all innovative features of the RL78 Family and support the IEC 60730 standard, which is a required home appliance safety standard in Europe. For this purpose, Renesas provides a software library certified by VDE.

Samples of the RL78/L13 Group of MCUs are available now. Mass production of the RL78/L13 devices is scheduled to begin in February 2013.

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Premier Farnell scoops Freescale Awards to recognise the successful launch of Kinetis L

Premier Farnell has been recognised with a specific award by Freescale following the hugely successful launch of the first Freedom development platform for the Kinetis L microcontrollers.Kinetis L

The first award recognises Premier Farnell’s leadership in ‘Global Design Engineering Solutions’ and the excellent execution and results of the solutions strategy with Freescale.

The other three awards are for Premier Farnell’s regional operating businesses of element14 in Asia Pacific, Farnell element14 in Europe and Newark element14 in North America for the ‘Demand Creation Excellence’ linked to the launch of the new Kinetis L product family.

Freescale made a special mention to Newark element14 for its current outstanding performance in the sales and new customer acquisition for Kinetis L microcontrollers.

The award was presented to Laurence Bain, Chief Executive Officer, Marianne Culver, Chief of Global Supply Chain and Supplier Management, and David Shen, Chief Technology Officer, by Freescale Chief Executive, Greg Lowe, at the electronica 2012 Exhibition in Munich, Germany.

David Shen, Chief Technology Officer at Premier Farnell, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by Freescale for our leadership in ‘Global Design Engineer Solutions’, which further demonstrates our commitment to providing the latest new products and reference design solutions to design engineers and purchasing professionals. This is a really excellent result and a case study example on how we can leverage our solutions strategy, global marketing capabilities and powerful element14 Community to support new product launches from our suppliers.”

Geoff Lees, Senior Vice President and General Manager Microcontrollers at Freescale, said: “The launch of the new Kinetis L series microcontrollers has been a huge success with Premier Farnell, and its operating companies across the world. When you look for a partner it is more than just straightforward distribution it is all the other add-ons and customer solutions that make Premier Farnell stand out. I am extremely pleased to be presenting these awards to Premier Farnell today.”

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STMicroelectronics STM32 F3 Mixed-Signal MCUs Now At Mouser

Mouser Electronics is now stocking STMicroelectronics’ STM32 F3 Series of MCUs that combines the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 core with a DSP, FPU instructions, and advanced analog peripherals.STM32 F3

The STM32 F3 series innovates in embedded DSC design by combining a Cortex-M4 core with fast 12-bit 5 MSPS and precise 16-bit sigma-delta ADCs, programmable gain amplifiers (4 gains, 1% accuracy), fast 50 ns comparators and versatile time control units running at 144 MHz, giving optimum integration. The devices are optimized for efficient handling and processing of mixed signals in circuits such as 3-phase motor controllers, biometrics and industrial sensor outputs or audio filters, allowing designers to tackle mixed-signal control applications. These devices help simplify design, cut power consumption and reduce PCB size in consumer, medical, portable fitness, system monitoring and metering applications.

STM32 F3 Series Mixed-Signal MCUs are pin compatible with the STM32 F1 series, and the new STM32 F3 series enlarges the STM32’s Cortex-M4 portfolio to now offer both entry-level cost with the F3 series and highest performance with the F4 series. The STM F3 Series includes devices with 64 to 256 Kbytes of on-chip Flash memory, up to 48 Kbytes of SRAM and is available in WLCSP66 (less than 4.3 x 4.3 mm), LQPF48, LQFP64, LQFP100 and UFBGA100 packages.

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RS Components adds energy-efficient microcontrollers to semiconductor offer in global distribution deal with Energy Micro

RS Components has agreed a global franchise deal with Energy Micro.

Within the scope of the agreement, RS will stock Energy Micro’s complete range of ultra low power ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers, development kits, starter kits and tools in its warehouses across Europe, Asia and North America.

“This agreement gives engineers easier and quicker access to our products direct from RS’ regional warehouses,” said Geir Førre, CEO of Energy Micro. “RS has an impressive array of online tools and resources, developed to support engineers and cut design times. This cooperation reinforces our commitment to boost the uptake of energy-efficient products worldwide and signals a major growth opportunity for our business.”

“RS is committed to delivering the best technical solutions for engineers,” said Chris Page, Global Offer Director, RS Components. “Reducing energy consumption is a key concern for design engineers, and Energy Micro’s microcontrollers address this challenge by consuming just a quarter of the energy of rival parts.”

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MSC Gleichmann to supply Fujitsu Semiconductor products in Europe including FRAM and Cortex M3 MCU

MSC Gleichmann has just announced its appointment as pan-European distributor for Fujitsu Semiconductor. MSC Gleichmann will carry the full Fujitsu Semiconductor product line, which addresses the automotive, communications, industrial & home appliances and home entertainment markets, but will focus in particular on Fujitsu’s Ferroelectric RAM and Cortex M3 microcontroller products.

Tim Bonnett, MSC Gleichmann’s managing director said, “We are delighted to have secured this prestigious franchise. Fujitsu Semiconductor have some amazing technology but are also determined to provide real solutions for their customers, not just with the right products but by ensuring those products are fully available and properly supported through the local sales channel, which is the service we will be providing.”

Fujitsu leads the world in developing and manufacturing ferroelectric memory and has delivered more than 1 billion devices. FRAM (ferroelectric RAM) is a unique, non-volatile, low-power memory technology that offers high writing speed and long rewriting endurance, meaning that OEM developers no longer need to differentiate between RAM and ROM. Devices are available with parallel, serial and I2C interfaces and memory densities from 4kbit to 4Mbit.

Fujitsu‘s FM3 family of 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 microcontrollers provides a scalable platform offering performance and features tailored to applications from factory automation and white goods through to medical and handheld devices. Customers can select CPU frequencies from 20MHz to 144 MHz with operation from supply voltages of 1.65V to 5.5V, packages from 32pin to 176pin, flash memory sizes between 32KB and 1MB and a range of peripherals including motor controllers, 12-bit ADCs and USB, Ethernet and CAN interfaces. A full set of development tools is available including starter kits.

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