Electronics & Computers

Spansion Debuts Flexible Microcontrollers

November 19, 2013

The processors are designed for stringent industrial requirements, supporting a range of high-performance and low-power applications for the Industrial Internet of Things.

SUNNYVALE, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc., a global leader in embedded systems solutions, announced a complete family of microcontrollers addressing high-performance and low-power needs for industrial applications, such as factory automation, building management, inverter drives, smart meters, home appliances, and medical devices. This family includes the release of the first line of its low-power Spansion FM0+ products, which are now sampling. The Spansion FM3 family, and the first products of the high-performance Spansion FM4 family are in mass production.

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 200 MHz/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 64 KB to 2 MB, analog interfaces, and support for serial, CAN, USB, and Ethernet communications interfaces.

Embedded Processing for Internet of Things Industrial Innovation
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.

"Spansion delivers a scalable family of microcontrollers designed for the industrial market, with options from low power to industry-leading performance that allows for differentiated features, such as touch, connectivity, and inverter drives to be added into a single MCU," said Saied Tehrani, Senior Vice President and CTO of Spansion. "Together with Spansion's extensive software support and long history serving global industrial markets in both flash memory and MCUs, the Spansion FM family and solutions help our customers simplify system design and accelerate time to market."

The Spansion FM family, which includes over 700 products, comes with high levels of quality and functional safety standards for stringent industrial requirements, and is backed by Spansion's longevity program. 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.

Overview and Availability
High-Performance Spansion FM4 Family. 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 256 KB to 2 MB that support 100,000 rewrite cycles, with a 20-year data retention.

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

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


About Spansion
Spansion is a global leader in embedded systems solutions. Spansion's flash memory, microcontrollers, analog, and mixed-signal products drive the development of faster, intelligent, secure, and energy-efficient electronics. Spansion is at the heart of electronics systems, connecting, controlling, storing, and powering everything from automotive electronics and industrial systems to the highly interactive and immersive consumer devices enriching people's daily lives.

Spansion, the Spansion logo, MirrorBit, and combinations thereof are trademarks and registered trademarks of Spansion LLC in the U.S. and other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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