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Toshiba expands ARM Cortex-M-based MCU line-up



Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced it will enhance its portfolio of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs). The TXZ series of MCUs are said to support low-power consumption and high-speed operation for IoT and M2M ecosystems.

The TXZ series has been designed to meet market needs for low power consumption systems by integrating the ultra-low power design technologies adopted in the TZ series of ApP Lite application processor for IoT solutions into the TX family of MCUs.

Fabricated using an embedded flash memory process based on a 65nm logic process, the TXZ series is claimed to reduce power consumption by 60% compared to Toshiba's current MCU products.

The first product group will be the TMPM3H, part of the TXZ3 series that will be based on ARM Cortex-M3 core. Toshiba says the TMPM3H group will feature products characterised by small packages with pin counts of 32 to 100 pins, flash memory capacities of 32 to 128KB and standard peripheral functions. Toshiba expects the devices to reduce system power consumption, targeting less than 100uA/MHz for the MCUs.

A second product group will be produced, comprising high-speed products based on the ARM Cortex-M4F core and a further, third product group featuring ultra-low power consumption products based on the same core.

Toshiba claims it has also started to develop MCUs with embedded non-volatile memory that adopts single-poly multi-time programmable cells on its 130nm logic process technology. These devices will be designed to help to reduce cost in applications including power management and motor control.

Toshiba aims to launch 180 products by 2017 and a further 120 by 2018.

Author
Tom Austin-Morgan

Source:  www.newelectronics.co.uk

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