Freescale Ethernet Connectivity Platform for Industrial Applications

Freescale Semiconductor announced an Ethernet connectivity platform that combines a 32-bit ColdFire V1 microcontroller (MCU) with a complimentary operating system and application software solution and easy-to-use, modular development hardware. The combined hardware/software solution is designed to help embedded designers save months in development time and reduce cost. Target embedded Ethernet applications include security and building control systems (including HVAC systems), industrial operator interfaces and control systems, consumer and industrial appliances (white goods), medical monitoring systems and instrumentation, point-of-sale (POS), and courier systems.

The Ethernet solution features the MCF51CN ColdFire V1 MCU, Freescale MQX real-time operating system (RTOS) and TCP/IP software stacks, and the Tower System (an open-source platform with a library of interchangeable board modules). The platform offers developers an easily customizable, expandable design environment that can expedite development time through rapid prototyping and tool reuse.

The Tower System provides a comprehensive and highly customizable embedded design environment that enables developers to mix and match MCU and peripheral boards to create reconfigurable development platforms that suit their design needs. Interchangeable expansion cards promote reuse of hardware across multiple architectures, which helps speed time to market. The modular design scales down overall tool costs, while providing an inexpensive entry point.

The MCF51CN128 Tower System development boards can be purchased as individual modules or as part of a comprehensive kit for quick and easy development. The TWR-MCF51CN microcontroller module, with a suggested resale price of $39 (USD), features the MCF51CN128 MCU in an 80-pin LQFP package with Ethernet connectivity. Samples of the MCF51CN MCU are available now, and production quantities are planned for Q4 2009. Suggested resale pricing for MCF51CN MCUs starts at $2.99 (USD) in 10,000-unit quantities.

TWR-MCF51CN-KIT (suggested resale price of $99 USD)

  • TWR-MCF51CN module (standalone MCU development board)
  • TWR-SER module (serial board supporting Ethernet, USB, RS232, RS485 and CAN)
  • TWR-ELEV module (elevator boards connect the MCU and serial boards)
  • USB and Ethernet cables
  • Interactive DVD complete with tools, software, lab supplements and other helpful resources

More information: Freescale Semiconductor