Philips Rolls Out Two Low Cost ARM-based Microcontrollers

10/20/2003 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced two new members of its high performance, low cost ARM-based microcontroller (MCU) family. The new LPC2114 and LPC2124 32-bit MCUs are ideal for a wide range of applications including motor control, servo loop control, power management and data acquisition. Key features of the devices include up to 256K bytes of embedded Flash memory, 10-bit A/D converters, 16K of SRAM, pulse width modulation (PWM) timers, UARTS, serial peripheral interface (SPI) and up to 46 General-Purpose Input/Outputs in a small outline 64-pin package. With a host of new features and functionality, the new devices allow designers of embedded real-time control applications to realize cost savings without sacrificing performance.

The 32-bit microcontroller market is one of the fastest growing markets with CAGR of over 20pct, according to Dataquest (January 2003). With this growth, there is a need for embedded solutions that are “standard”, cost effective and efficiently supported by tools. ARM is the most popular 32-bit embedded architecture in today’s market, and Philips’ investment in developing a family of “big performance, small package”, embedded Flash ARM-based microcontrollers underpins its strategy to provide a product portfolio that most effectively addresses customer needs.

“Philips is committed to providing our customers the broadest portfolio possible to meet their microcontroller needs,” said Geoff Lees, general manager, Microcontroller Product Line, Philips Semiconductors. “We will continue to expand our ARM-based offerings and our 32-bit solutions to provide customers with the low cost, high performance solutions needed to power their applications.”

The LPC21xx family features make it ideal for real-time applications such as automotive, health care equipment, networking, Internet connectivity and battery-powered consumer products. The latest members of the family – the LPC2114 and LPC2124 - give customers a low-cost migration path from 8- and 16-bit to 32-bit MCUs. The LPC21xx family uses a 0.18-micron CMOS embedded Flash process enabling ultra-low 1.8V voltage operation. The new devices operate at 60MHz (54 Dhrystone MIPs) and offer the industry’s highest performance embedded Flash memory in 128-bit wide zero wait-state Flash.

Tools and Support
The LPC21xx family is supported by efficient tools and development support environments provided by a range of traditionally 8-bit and 32-bit tool partners including ARM, Ashling, Green Hills Software, Hitex, IAR, Keil Software, Nohau and Phytec. This range offers the market comprehensive support to enable rapid, low cost, low risk development.

The LPC2114 and LPC2124 are available now in the LQFP64 package. The HVQFN64 in 9 mm x 9mm packaging will be available at the end of 2003.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 31.8 billion in 2002. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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