Renesas Reduces Time-to-Market with M16C/6S Flash Microcontroller

11/11/2004 - Renesas Technology Europe has announced the M16C/6S flash microcontroller with integrated power line modem from Yitran Communications Ltd. The device provides a single-chip power line communication (PLC) solution that reduces time-to-market and offers very reliable communication, as the modem has been specifically designed to cope with power line phenomena. These features make it suitable for applications that require a larger protocol stack and additional application software, such as Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) or building automation applications.

A demonstration of AMR will be shown at Electronica and also at the Net@Home conference from 1-2 December in Nice, France.

The M16C/6S is suitable for use in both highly integrated and modular system architectures. It is based on the high performance M16C series CPU core and has 3.0 to 3.6 V operation at 15.36 MHz. The device offers excellent EMC performance and has shown good in-phase and cross-phase reliability in tests, thus it provides very reliable communication. It is configurable to support worldwide regulations and frequency band compliance (ARIB, FCC, CENELEC Bands A&B).

The microcontroller offers 96K on-chip flash memory and 24K SRAM. The peripheral set includes three UARTS, five 16-bit timers, a watchdog timer, three external interrupts and 21 programmable I/O ports.

The M16C/6S uses a 64-pin plastic mould LQFP package. Samples of the device are currently being shown to OEM customers.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC and Audio Visual markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the number one microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.

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