Welcome!

News Feed Item

Second generation of Freescale Kinetis ARM® Cortex®-M4-based MCUs take performance with power efficiency to new heights

(Freescale 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 infrastructure, home automation products, and factory automation systems.

Comprehensive enablement

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 including:

  • 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 verification capabilities.
  • The broad ARM 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 choose.

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.

Tweet this: @Freescale launches second generation #Kinetis K series MCUs with industry’s lowest-priced #ARM Cortex-M4 core.

Tweet this: @Freescale simplifies and speeds time-to-market with software and tools, including #Kinetis SDK and IDE coming this summer.

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. Tower is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. 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. mbed is a trademark of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. All rights reserved. © 2014 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Security, data privacy, reliability, and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house, client-hosted environments to a cloud platform. Quality assurance plays a vital role in ensuring that the appropriate level of risk assessment, verification, and validation takes place to ensure business continuity during the migration to a new cloud platform.
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and containers together help companies achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of Dev...
One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it m...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
In their general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Michael Piccininni, Global Account Manager - Cloud SP at EMC Corporation, and Mike Dietze, Regional Director at Windstream Hosted Solutions, reviewed next generation cloud services, including the Windstream-EMC Tier Storage solutions, and discussed how to increase efficiencies, improve service delivery and enhance corporate cloud solution development. Michael Piccininni is Global Account Manager – Cloud SP at EMC Corporation. He has been engaged in t...
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus o...
Big Data engines are powering a lot of service businesses right now. Data is collected from users from wearable technologies, web behaviors, purchase behavior as well as several arbitrary data points we’d never think of. The demand for faster and bigger engines to crunch and serve up the data to services is growing exponentially. You see a LOT of correlation between “Cloud” and “Big Data” but on Big Data and “Hybrid,” where hybrid hosting is the sanest approach to the Big Data Infrastructure pro...
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...