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LPC800 MCU bring 8bit simplicity to 32bit performance

16 Nov 2012

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NXP Semiconductors has announced the availability of its latest ARM Cortex-M0+- based device, the LCP800 MCU. The company's latest offering is designed to bring 32bit performance with the simplicity associated with 8bit MCU designs.

The LPC800's Flexible Switch Matrix that assigns on-chip peripherals I/O to any pins to accommodate different layouts with minimal design changes. As a result, engineers can easily change packages as needed when new or redesigned application designs require devices with more features or pins. Engineers can configure the switch matrix using an NXP GUI-based software tool.

LPC800: Low Power Cortex-Mo+

LPC800: Low Power Cortex-Mo+.

Along with redesigned serial peripherals, the LPC800 MCU features the LPC Flexible Switch Matrix for pin-out flexibility and State Configurable Timer for flexible timer functionality. Its use of the Cortex-M0+ with its two-stage pipeline helps ensure deterministic performance required for many real-time embedded applications.

The state configurable timer is an event-driven state machine that allows autonomous performance of timing functions, minimising power by allowing the core to remain in a low-power state. In its basic configuration, the state configurable timer is simply two 16bit PWMs that have 4 capture inputs and 4 match outputs where each of the match registers are shadowed.

The LPC800 also includes an analogue comparator, which is available with an external voltage reference for accurate measurement; a 4-channel multi-rate timer; a wake-up timer; and up to 18 GPIOs. The LPC800 is available with up to 16KB of Flash and up to 4KB of SRAM, and can be used with a 3.3VDD power supply (1.8V to 3.6V).

Engineers can develop LPC800 designs using LPCXpresso, an IDE-based software development tool, as well as the ARM Keil Microcontroller Development Kit.

Pricing for the LPC810 starts at $0.39. Samples will available in December with full production starting in February 2013.

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