Above: the Kinetis L Microcontroller board from Freescale. The board features a Cortex-M0+ ARM processor, a suspiciously familiar minty-fresh board silhouette, and headers that remind me of summers in Ivrea. From EDA360:
There are two major reasons for reading this blog post:
- A 32-bit microcontroller that sells for as little as $0.49 in 10K quantities and consumes 50µA/MHz
- A $12.95 development board to be available late in September
These are two of the salient attributes of the Freescale Kinetis L microcontroller, previewed at Design West in San Jose back in March and now announced at the Freescale Technology Forum in San Antonia with alpha samples shipping. The target for this product is the vast sea of products and applications that currently incorporate 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers—mainly for reasons of legacy code, legacy familiarity, and cost. It will take a compelling product to hurdle these barriers and the low prices for the Kinetis L silicon and development board will help to jump those hurdles.
Late in September, eh? There’s a thing I go to every year in New York that happens in late September*…
Anyway, you can pre-order the board here. Please form a single-file line to the left. kthx!
More from EETimes on the ultra-low-power MCU:
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is sampling the industry’s first microcontroller to use ARM’s ultra-low-power Cortex-M0+ processor, which aims to convert 8- and 16-bit applications to 32-bit status by offering one-third the energy consumption of 8-bit processors while delivering twice the performance of a 16-bit processor.
“The plus of our new Cortex M0+ is really a minus as far as power is concerned,” said Warren East, ARM’s chief executive officer. “We worked with Freescale to design a core that could extend the battery life of mobile applications the way an 8-bit microcontroller does, but while delivering the 32-bit performance people expect from ARM.”
Some interesting talk over at the AmpHour discussion thread as well.
*that they will be selling these at World Maker Faire is just hypothesis/wishful thinking on my part. But still… it would be totally rad.