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Spansion launches FM0+ microcontrollers for industrial IoT

20 Nov 2013

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Spansion has rolled out its portfolio of microcontrollers, which include the low-power Spansion FM0+ products, which are now sampling, and the Spansion FM3 products and products from the Spansion FM4 line, which are in mass production. The products are designed to address industrial applications such as factory automation, building management, inverter drives, smart meters, home appliances, and medical devices.

The Spansion FM (flexible microcontrollers) family, based on ARM Cortex-M processors, offers a seamless transition for customers for high performance and low power needs. The family delivers high performance up to 200MHz / 250 MIPS for applications such as factory automation, building management and motor control, as well as ultra-low power features for sensors, human machine interfaces, and home appliances. These products are offered with different voltage ranges from 1.65 V to 5.5 V, embedded Flash memory options ranging from 64KB to 2 MB, analogue interfaces, and support for serial, CAN, USB, and Ethernet communications interfaces.

Spansion's industrial solutions meet a diverse range of needs, including the transition to the growing industrial Internet of Things, which requires high-performance MCUs, graphical user interfaces, connectivity, and programmability.

The Spansion FM family, which includes more than 700 products, comes with high levels of quality and functional safety standards for stringent industrial requirements, and is backed by Spansion's longevity programme. A set of sophisticated solution packs of HMI, touch and inverter drives reduced development time by delivering ready to run blocks for different application needs. In addition, Spansion's virtual development system enables customers to save on evaluation time and costs.

With more than 140 products in production now, the Cortex-M4 based Spansion FM4 Family incorporates DSP and FPU functions that provide the power required for advanced computations and eases a model-based design approach. The products include a rich set of peripherals, including inverter drive support, SDIO, USB, CAN and Ethernet, and embedded Flash ranging from 256KB to 2 MB that support 100,000 rewrite cycles with a 20-year data retention.

With more than 570 products in production now, the Cortex-M3 standard core based Spansion FM3 Family ranges from 32pins to 176pins. It comes with a rich set of peripherals, including inverter drive support, USB, CAN and Ethernet, and offers 64KB to 1.5 MB of embedded Flash memory.

The Spansion FM0+ Family is based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ core, optimised for low power and high efficiency. With 70 uA/MHz, the device offers industry leading power consumption. The family is designed for a whole range of industrial applications that require low-power consumption at cost-effective prices. The products are now sampling.

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