|[April 08, 2014]
Second generation of Freescale Kinetis ARM® Cortex®-M4-based MCUs take performance with power efficiency to new heights
DALLAS --(Business Wire)--
(Freescale (News - Alert) Technology Forum) - Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL)
announced today it is launching 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.
"With the addition of these second-generation Kinetis K series MCUs,
Freescale is taking scalability, performance, power efficiency and
enablement to new levels," said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and
general manager for Freescale's MCU group. "The development support we
are offering with these highly integrated microcontrollers will redefine
customers' expectations across the board."
Next-generation Kinetis K series MCUs
Next-generation Kinetis K series MCUs expand on the outstanding
scalability of the Kinetis MCU portfolio, allowing customers to preserve
and maximize their engineering investments, and help speed time to
market. These new series of cost-effective devices start at prices as
low as $0.79 (USD) for 10ku/year-- the industry's lowest priced
Cortex-M4 based MCU with floating point unit reaching 100MHz with 64KB
of Flash. The portfolio delivers up to 180MHz of performance, a floating
point unit with 8KB I/D cache, 2MB Flash and 256KB SRAM, all while
maintaining market-leading power/performance ratios.
Freescale leveraged the proven, low-power innovations from the widely
adopted Kinetis L series MCUs to add best-in-class, low-power
capabilities to the second generation Kinetis K series MCUs, 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.
Smart system-on-chip integration means customers have a wide range of
choices for finding the right features at the right price. The Kinetis K
series MCUs also include a wide range of memory sizes, and increased
onboard SRAM addresses customer demand for more memory when adding
features such as connectivity and richer human-machine-interfaces. In
addition, the series' exceptional integration enables lower overall BOM
costs, with features such as USB with crystal-less functionality.
Kinetis K series MCUs target a wide range of low-power,
processing-efficient embedded applications, including: wearables,
gaming, IoT data concentrators and end nodes, point-of-sale systems,
smart-grid infratructure, home automation products, and factory
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.
Freescale supports Kinetis K series MCU customers from prototype to
production by providing a full complement of development resources
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
The broad ARM (News - Alert) 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.
These expanded software offerings build on the strong, longstanding
Kinetis MCU enablement foundation of the MQX™ RTOS, the Tower System
platform, and application specific frameworks.
Scalability and availability
As the broadest and one of the fastest growing ARM-based MCU portfolios
in the industry, the Kinetis MCU portfolio includes more than 900
devices (600 Kinetis K series MCUs), providing customers a vast
selection of software and hardware compatible products from which to
A number of the new Kinetis K series MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M4,
including the Kinetis K63, K64, K24, K22, K21, K12 and K11 MCUs are
already in production today, with new Kinetis K22 derivatives and K02
MCUs sampling now, and even more devices planned for later this year.
Customers can start developing today with the variety of available Tower
System modules and the newly launched Freescale Freedom development
platform, the FRDM-K64F. For additional information, visit www.freescale.com/kinetis.
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About Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert)
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded
processing solutions, providing industry-leading products that are
advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.
From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated
circuits and connectivity - our technologies are the foundation for the
innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more
connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include
automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical
devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development,
manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
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