3/1/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) unveiled nine new members of its popular LPC2000 family of high performance, ARM7-based microcontrollers (MCUs). These small devices are designed for use in real-time embedded applications, ranging from industrial control, automotive and consumer applications, as well as any embedded application that requires high performance and low power consumption in a cost-effective 32-bit MCU.
The latest members of the LPC2000 family – the LPC2119/2129, LPC2210, LPC2290, LPC2212/2214, LPC2194 and LPC2292/2294 – are optimized for both high performance and low power, operating at 60MHz (54 Dhrystone MIPs) in a 0.18 micron process. The devices feature a 16/32-bit ARM7TDMI-S core, up to 256K on-chip Flash program memory and up to four interconnected CAN interfaces. The nearly zero wait-state Flash enhances performance because it’s enabling to run as fast as SRAM memory, unlike competing solutions whose performance is limited due to multiple wait-state Flash. The on-chip, six-channel PWM unit also makes the new devices ideal for sophisticated motor control applications.
VIPA, the Frankonia-based specialist for automation solutions, already uses the Philips LPC2000 family in its systems with great success. Managing director Wolfgang Seel is pleased to have found Philips as a partner for the joint implementation of highly innovative solutions. "The 32-bit microcontrollers from Philips provide the performance that allows our SPEED7 automation system - the fastest of its kind worldwide - to run applications up to 16 times faster than comparable devices. As a result, our customers, primarily in the automotive, logistics and food industries, can increase their productivity by up to 25% in some instances," says Seel.
“With the 32-bit MCUs one of the fastest growing markets at more than 20% (according to Dataquest), it’s important to continue to quickly deliver products that satisfy customer and system demands. Customers like VIPA need high performance microcontrollers that provide higher levels of integration and increased functionality to meet their needs as well as their customers,” said Geoff Lees, general manager, Microcontroller Product Line, Philips Semiconductors. “We’re pleased to work with innovators like VIPA to address their system requirements with our family of embedded Flash ARM-based microcontrollers.”
Devices with on-chip CAN are an important part of Philips’ 32-bit portfolio as CAN provides the on-chip serial communication increasingly demanded by automotive and industrial applications. CAN has gained widespread use in industrial automation and motor control; it is also the industry standard for vehicle powertrain networks. Philips’ on-chip CAN channels can be used as a very low cost implementation of a high performance CAN bridge from higher-to-lower or from lower-to-higher speed, or as a CAN repeater for long distance transmission at high baudrates.
Tools and Support
The LPC2000 family offers users comprehensive support to enable fast, low cost, and low risk development. Efficient tools and development support environments are provided by a range of traditional 8-bit and 32-bit tool partners including ARM, Ashling, Keil, Nohau, IAR, Hitex, CMX, Green Hills Software, Hi-Tech, Internich, and Phytec. In addition, the Embedded Systems Academy has adapted their free, minimal CANopen implementation, MicroCANopen, to work with the latest LPC2000 devices. This adaptation supports up to four CAN interfaces used in “Full CAN” operating mode, allowing engineers to quickly develop minimal CANopen network nodes, such as sensors or actuators.
The LPC2119 128K Flash device is available in production quantities. The LPC2210 and LPC2290 devices are also available in production quantities in 144-pin LQFP. Samples are available for the LPC2129, LPC2212/2214, LPC2194 and LPC2292/2294.
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 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.
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