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Fujitsu Microelectronics Now Offering New, Low-pin-count 8-bit Flash MCU Family, Ideal for Cost-Sensitive Consumer Appliance Applications

MB95200 series delivers fast processing, low power consumption, integrated high-precision clocks with complete software development environment

Fujitsu Semiconductor America Inc.

Sunnyvale, CA, July 15, 2009

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) today introduced a new, low-pin-count series of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for cost-sensitive consumer applications in the Americas.

The MB95200 series is an extension of the popular Fujitsu F²MC-8FX family of 8-bit microcontrollers. The new series includes a complete range of single-chip standard microcontrollers with between 8 and 24 pins, powered by an optimized core and featuring low-leakage technology and embedded flash. Fast processing capabilities and low power consumption position the MB95200 series as an excellent design choice for appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, smoke detectors, vacuum cleaners and air conditioning units. The MCUs are also ideal for cordless phones and remote controls, shavers and other handheld consumer products, as well as aftermarket automotive accessories. The key features of the product include the following:

High-performance flash memory – The microcontrollers are embedded with Fujitsu’s high-reliability, high-performance flash memory that can be rewritten 100,000 times and is guaranteed to hold data for 20 years. A flash security function protects the customer’s software from being read by unauthorized external programs.

Dual-operation flash memory – The MCUs include Fujitsu Microelectronics’ proprietary embedded dual-operation flash memory, which emulates E²PROM. The memory contains two regions, one for program storage, and the other for data storage. Because it acts as a substitute for E²PROM, the dual operation flash memory eliminates the need for external E²PROM, reducing system area and system cost. (MB95260/270/280 Series).

Embedded peripheral parts result in lower costs – The internal CR oscillating circuit (that runs the operating clock) and the low-voltage detection circuit (that detects a drop in voltage) are built into the microcontrollers. This level of integration eliminates the need for an external oscillator and reset IC, contributing to a reduction in overall system costs.

Composite timer provides flexibility for system requirements – In the embedded “composite timer,” a channel can be selected from any one of the following, depending on the program: pulse width modulation (PWM), pulse width counter (PWC), interval timer or input capture. The latter measures interval times, enabling the flexibility needed to handle varying system requirements.

“The Fujitsu MB95200 series combines the proven performance of the F²MC-8FX family with low power consumption and pin counts," said Dean Chang, senior product marketing manager, Fujitsu Microelectronics. "These MCUs are excellent design choices for consumer products that can take advantage of the products' high reliability and excellent security. We are also providing a low-cost development environment with on-chip debugging tools and complimentary C-language IDE SOFTUNE design kits and tools, which makes working with this new series easy and productive.”

The complete debug system platform consists of SOFTUNE, the MB95200 series MCU, and user board in a compact BGMA that measures just 128mm x 55mm x 29mm. To help developers use the MCUs and design environment, complete support is available on the web with datasheets, manuals, application notes, example software and a C-library. Visit http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/mcu

New Technology Backgrounder on Low-Pin-Count MCUs

A new technology backgrounder is now available from Fujitsu Microelectronics, describing the features and benefits of low-pin-count 8-bit MCUs. The paper reviews emerging applications with a focus on home appliances and how Fujitsu MCUs address system requirements. Entitled “Application Ideas for 8-bit Low-Pin Count Microcontrollers," the backgrounder is available at: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/edevices/microelectronics/microcontrollers/whitepaper/tb_lpc.html

Pricing and Availability

The Fujitsu MB95200 series is available now in SOP8/DIP8, SOP16/DIP16 and SOP20/DIP24 packages. Prices range from $0.35 to $0.70 in 10,000-unit quantities depending on packaging and memory sizes.

Future devices are under development and will include new features such as motor control and an LCD controller.

Reference material:

The MB95200 Series LPC MCU fact sheet is available at this URL:
http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/MICRO/fma/pdfmcu/LPC_factsheet.pdf (649 KB)
A high-resolution device photo is available at this URL:
http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/MICRO/fma/imagelib/mcu/highres/LPC.zip (1.24 MB /LPC.zip)

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the automotive, wireless, industrial, consumer, and other markets throughout North and South America. As a founding member and current board member of the WiMAX Forum™, Fujitsu supports the standards development and compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging the company's experience and expertise in the networking and communications markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for WiMAX-certifiable systems to equipment vendors. For more product information, please visit the company's web site at http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/WiMAX or address e-mail to inquiry.bwa@fma.fujitsu.com.

Press Contact - FMA

Emi Igarashi

Phone: Phone: 408-737-5647
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Company:Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.


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Date: July 15, 2009
City: Sunnyvale, CA
Company: Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.