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NXP Semiconductors Expands LPC Microcontrollers Portfolio
Apr 15 14
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced the expansion of its portfolio of LPC microcontrollers rated for temperatures up to 105oC. Giving engineers wider choice when selecting entry-level microcontrollers, the new LPC11E6x family is designed for harsh operating conditions common in many industrial, lighting, and industrial automation applications. The new LPC11E6x family is available in three memory and package variations, including up to 256 kB Flash, 36 kB RAM and 4 kB EEPROM. Exceptional power efficiency is achieved through an ARM Cortex-M0+ core and NXP's power profiles that allow various power saving options depending on the application demands. High-precision analog features include a best-in-class 2 Msps, 12-channel, 12-bit ADC, and ample connectivity is provided through I2C and SPI interfaces, USARTs, and up to 80 GPIOs. Also new to the LPC1100 Series, the LPC11E6x's two on-chip SCTimer/PWMs support advanced timing features. This unique block can operate like most traditional timers, and includes a state machine to give programmers a higher degree of timing control and programmability. It can be configured as multiple PWMs, a PWM with dead-time control, a PWM with reset capability, and many other functions that cannot be duplicated with traditional timers. In addition, the SCTimer/PWM Cookbook provides a collection of examples and usage notes to help programmers quickly implement popular timing functions for LPC11E6x applications. The LPC portfolio now includes 136 microcontrollers qualified for use at 105oC, including all LPC800, LPC1800, and LPC4300 devices. Many existing LPC1100 parts have also been re-qualified to 105oC, since originally released, including LPC11U6x, LPC11E6x, and LPC111x MCUs. LPC11E6x is fully supported by the LPC software ecosystem and an extensive collection of tools, drivers and middleware, as well as popular forums and blogs in constant use by a highly engaged and collaborative community of embedded developers. Free to all LPC11Exx developers, the NXP LPCXpresso development platform includes a full featured C/C++ IDE and LPCOpen firmware libraries complemented by low-cost target boards with on-board debug probes. LPCOpen incorporates device drivers, stacks, and graphics libraries that enable rapid code development and can be used with a wide range of third-party RTOSs, middleware solutions, and popular third-party ARM development tools including Keil and IAR. Parts are available from NXP distributors worldwide with recommended distribution pricing in 10K quantities starting at $2.03. The LPC11U6x LPCXpresso board is used as the development platform for the LPC11E6X family; it is available immediately through NXP-authorized distributors.
NXP Semiconductors NV Announces LPCXpresso V2 Boards Support for ARM mbed Platform
Apr 15 14
NXP Semiconductors NV has announced that the version 2, or v2, of its LPCXpresso development boards will support the ARM mbed platform. As lead partner on ARM's mbed project, NXP was heavily involved in launching the mbed platform and was first to offer an official mbed solution, based on the NXP LPC1768 MCU. The mbed platform has since grown in popularity and feature set, now providing free software libraries, hardware designs and online tools for professional rapid prototyping of products based on ARM microcontrollers. Since its introduction in 2010, the revolutionary LPCXpresso development platform - with its full-featured Eclipse-based IDE and flexible target boards - has provided exceptional value to embedded engineers with an evaluation-to-production solution for developing MCU applications for NXP LPC microcontrollers. mbed support in LPCXpresso v2 boards represents an important alignment of both platforms, with benefits to both LPC and non-LPC developers, including: LPC and mbed developers can access hardware schematics and open source software available through both the mbed.org and LPCWare.com communities; and developers can easily export projects from mbed to LPCXpresso environments and more effectively leverage both communities for support, code, and other resources. mbed developers will have more choices for MCU selection and prototyping features, for example LPCXpresso v2 boards incorporate features not found on many mbed-enabled boards, such as Arduino UNO shield connectors for flexible expansion, including Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Used in conjunction with new generation of LPCXpresso v2 target boards, the LPCXpresso platform also includes the v7.1 LPCXpresso IDE, providing a quick way to evaluate and develop advanced applications for NXP LPC microcontrollers. The LPCXpresso toolchain, v7.1, includes multiple improvements in compiler optimizations, IDE speed and feature set, access to ARM's latest new lib-nano C library for smaller and more efficient code generation, and support for Segger's popular debug probe and related utilities. To date NXP has shipped over 110,000 LPCXpresso boards worldwide.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. Launches New 300 W TVS Diodes in Leadless 2-mm X 2-mm Package
Apr 3 14
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a new series of six transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes housed in the small, leadless plastic package DFN2020-3 (2 x 2 mm) with a height of only 0.62 mm. The new PTVSxU1UPA product series offers a 300 W peak pulse power rating (10/1000µs) and reverse stand-off voltages from 7.5 to 26 V. The new AEC-Q101 qualified PTVSxU1UPA series is ideally suited to protect voltage-sensitive components against transient voltage in various applications, such as the charger port in mobile devices. Surge pulses from the power supply, for example via a car charger, are a severe threat for the charger port VBUS line of smart phones and other portables. Standard ESD protection devices are no longer sufficient to protect application circuits from damage, and as a result, devices with higher surge robustness are required. The low leakage current of only 1 nA reduces the power consumption and helps extending the battery lifetime. Housed in a small leadless DFN2020 package it is ideally suited to products such as mobile phones and notebooks where space is a constraint. The new 300W-TVS diodes are available immediately in high-volume production, including product types PTVS7V5U1UPA, PTVS10VU1UPA, PTVS12VU1UPA, PTVS15VU1UPA, PTVS18VU1UPA, and PTVS26VU1UPA.
NXP Semiconductors Unveils New Chip-On-Glass LCD Drivers for VA Displays
Apr 1 14
NXP Semiconductors NV has announced the production ramp-up of two new chip-on-glass, or COG, LCD drivers, the PCA8539 and the PCA2117, designed for driving vertical alignment, or VA, displays. The COG LCD drivers provide high contrast, true black background, a wide viewing angle, and excellent image quality, even at extreme temperatures. VA displays offer many advantages, but typically require a higher LCD supply voltage and higher frame frequency compared to conventional twisted nematic (TN) displays. The PCA8539 and PCA2117 allow an LCD voltage up to 16V with accurate software-programmable temperature compensation for high and stable contrast over an extended temperature range of -40°C to 105°C. The new COG drivers also offer an on-chip oscillator with calibrated and programmable frame frequency in the range of 45 Hz to 360 Hz. The drivers can be used for conventional twisted nematic displays with any backlight colour. The PCA8539 is a single-chip LCD driver that generates drive signals for any static or multiplexed LCD with up to 18 backplanes, 100 segments, and graphics of up to 1,800 display elements. Ideally suited for driving VA displays in harsh environments, the PCA8539 is also AEC-Q100 compliant for automotive applications such as climate control units, instrument clusters, and car infotainment systems. The PCA8539 is also optimised to drive big displays size up to 7" and simplified Chinese and Japanese characters. The PCA2117 is a single-chip LCD character driver that can drive up to 2 lines by 20 characters plus an additional 200 icons. The initial release includes the character set "R" (PCA2117DUGR) and "S" (PCA2117DUGS). Other character sets are also available on request. In addition, the PCA2117 has an integrated character generator RAM that can store up to 48 user-defined characters. The PCA2117 is AEC-Q100 grade 2 complaint with an operating temperature range from -40 to 105°C.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. Appoints Eric Meurice as Non-Executive Director, Effective April 1, 2014
Mar 28 14
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held on Mar. 28, 2014 resolved to appoint Mr. Eric Meurice as non-executive director in the Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2014. Mr. Meurice is until March 31, 2014 the Chairman of ASML Holding NV.