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Freescale Shrinks World’s Smallest ARM-Based MCU by an Additional 15 Percent
|By Business Wire
|February 25, 2014 07:00 AM EST
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) announces a breakthrough addition to
its Kinetis mini portfolio with the introduction of the Kinetis KL03
MCU, the world’s smallest and most energy efficient 32-bit MCU based on
ARM® technology. The Kinetis KL03 MCU builds on the previous generation
Kinetis KL02 device with new features, advanced integration, and greater
ease-of-use – all in an even smaller 1.6 x 2.0mm2 package.
The new capabilities of the Kinetis KL03 device help customers to
achieve lower power in a smaller form factor, saving on product design
time and cost.
Freescale's new Kinetis KL03 is the world's smallest ARM-based microcontroller (Photo: Business Wire)
Leveraging advanced wafer-level chip scale packaging, the Kinetis KL03
MCU is more than 15 percent smaller than the previous generation
Freescale KL02 device, and 35 percent smaller than competing 32-bit ARM
MCUs. The new SoC is ideally suited for space-constrained designs,
including a wide range of applications in the consumer, healthcare, and
industrial markets. It is ideal for the fast-growing Internet of Things
(IoT) market, where edge nodes increasingly require more intelligence in
ever-smaller form factors.
“When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into
edge node devices, we can start to redefine what’s possible for the
Internet of Things,” said Rajeev Kumar, director of worldwide marketing
and business development for Freescale’s Microcontrollers business. “We
see the miniaturization of MCUs as a key driver of IoT evolution. With
the groundbreaking form factors of the new Kinetis KL03, systems
designers for edge node products now have the technology they need to
develop entirely new product categories capable, quite literally, of
changing the world.”
Advanced functionality, power efficiency and integration
The Kinetis KL03 MCU combines the power efficiency of the Kinetis L
series based on ARM® Cortex®-M0+ cores with enhanced low-power
functionalities including register files, SRTC, low power UART, and
additional low power wake up pins.
Additionally, the new product offers greater ease of use over the
previous generation. An added ROM-based boot loader allows factory
programming and on-line system firmware upgrades without adding
circuitry to the board, reducing programming-related costs for
customers. An internal, highly accurate voltage reference (Vref)
delivers improved analog performance by supplying an embedded 1.2 volt
reference for the ADC, enabling several use cases for applications
requiring high ADC accuracy.
The Kinetis KL03 MCU integrates:
48 MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ core, 1.71-3.6V operation
Bit manipulation engine for faster, more code-efficient handling of
32 KB flash memory, 2 KB RAM
8K ROM with on-chip boot loader
High-speed 12-bit ADC
Internal voltage reference for high ADC accuracy
High-speed analog comparator
Low power wake up
Low-power UART, SPI, I2C (high speed)
Secure real time clock
Powerful timers for a broad range of applications including motor
-40 °C to +85 °C operation
The Kinetis KL03 MCU is code compatible across 900+ Cortex-M products.
In addition, a FRDM-KL03Z Freescale Freedom development platform, as
well as Processor Expert development system, Solution Advisor guide, and
comprehensive Freescale and third-party enablement support in the
ARM-ecosystem will be available to support development targeting the new
MCU. Customers can begin evaluation immediately with the FRDM-KL03Z
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Initial sampling of the Kinetis KL03 MCU will begin next month, with
full production planned for June 2014. Suggested resale pricing is $0.75
(USD) in 100K-unit quantities.
About Freescale Semiconductor
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.
Freescale, the Freescale logo, Kinetis and Processor Expert are
trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.
All other product or service names are the property of their respective
owners. ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM
Ltd or its subsidiaries in the EU and/or elsewhere. All rights reserved.
© 2014 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
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