STMicroelectronics launches their new STM32 F4 microcontrollers series. The STM32 F4 is based on the latest ARM Cortex-M4 core. There are four variants in the STM32 F4 Series: STM32F405x (USB On-The-Go), STM32F407 (two USB OTG), STM32F415 (STM32F405 with a crypto/hash processor) and STM32F417 (STM32F407 with a crypto/hash processor). All four versions are in volume production. Prices start at $5.74 for the STM32F407VET6 with 512 Kbytes of Flash and 192 Kbytes RAM in the LQFP100 package.
STMicroelectronics introduced the SPEAr1300 embedded microprocessors for embedded systems. The SPEAr1300 features dual ARM Cortex-A9 processors with a DDR3 memory interface and is manufactured in ST’s low-power 55nm HCMOS (high-speed CMOS) process technology. The new SPEAr (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) processors support fully symmetrical operation, at speeds up to 600MHz/core for 3000 DMIPS equivalent. Initial samples has already been shipped to early adopters.
STMicroelectronics introduced the LIS3DH 3-axis digital-output accelerometer. The ST LIS3DH features low power consumption (over 90% lower than other solutions), miniature footprint, and enhanced functionality. The LIS3DH accelerometer is ideal for motion-sensing features and applications in space- and power-constrained consumer devices, such as mobile phones, remotes and game controllers. Volume production is scheduled for early Q3 2010 and the unit price is $0.85 in quantities of 100,000 pieces.
The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U ICs, from STMicroelectronics, enable designers to connect an antenna to a Bluetooth transceiver using a single chip. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are integrated baluns, used to convert the antenna signal to a balanced pair of signals as required by the Bluetooth transceiver. The new devices occupy up to 70% less printed-circuit-board area, simplify design and assembly, and ensure better balanced signal channels with low losses. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are in production now, in 4-bump flip-chip packages, priced at $0.25 for a minimum order of 5000 pieces.
STMicroelectronics rolled out the STM32L series of ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers. The STM32L series features a dedicated low-leakage 130nm process technology and optimized power-saving architecture. The STM32L microcontrollers include flexible Brown-Out Reset, on-board Flash with Error Correction Code (ECC) support, a Memory Protection Unit (MPU), JTAG fuse, integrated USB 2.0 full speed support, and embedded LCD drivers. The STM32L series is sampling now and priced from $1.86 for the STM32L151 with 64Kbyte Flash in the LQFP48 package to $2.81 for the STM32L152 with 128Kbyte in LQFP100, for orders over 10,000 pieces. Volume production will begin in Q4 2010.
STMicroelectronics introduced the STGIPS10K60A, STGIPS14K60, STGIPL14K60, and the STGIPS20K60 intelligent power modules for AC motor drive applications. The new IPMs integrate control functions, IGBT switches, and value-added features to enable smaller, more reliable, and lower-cost control units. All devices are available in full production. The STGIPS10K60A is priced at $5.60 in quantities of 25,000 units.
STMicroelectronics rolled out the L3G4200DH 3-axis digital-output gyroscope. The L3G4200DH motion sensor features a FIFO (first-in first-out) memory block for smarter power management. The FIFO memory block stores up to 96 levels, split in 32 sample sets of x-, y-, and z-axis data. The FIFO can be programmed for several different operating modes to raise a dedicated watermark (reference) interrupt when the memory is filled to a desired level. Volume production is scheduled for mid Q3 2010 and the unit price is $2.9 in quantities of 200,000 pieces.
STMicroelectronics announced the STM6600 and STM6601 smart pushbutton on/off controller chips for battery-powered embedded systems like e-readers, tablets, media players, smartphones, and digital cameras. The STM6600 and STM6601 on/off controller chips will enable next-generation mobile products to offer easy-to-use ‘power-up’, ‘power-down’ and ‘unfreeze/reset’ functions that will prevent damage to the end-user product. The STM6600 and STM6601 are in volume production now. Several configurations are available, allowing designers to optimize protection for their designs, priced from $0.65 in quantities of 10,000.
STMicroelectronics launched the SPEAr300, SPEAr310, SPEAr320, and SPEAr600 embedded microprocessors. The four new SPEAr (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) microprocessors combine one or two advanced ARM9 processor cores with memory interfaces, and a large set of IP blocks. ST’s new SPEAr embedded microprocessors are in full production. The single-core models (SPEAr300/310/320) are priced below $7 for mass production quantities. The dual-core SPEAr600 sells below $9 for mass production quantities.
The STMicroelectronics STEVAL-MKI062V1 and STEVAL-MKI062V2 are the first members of the iNEMO family of multi-sensor Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) devices. iNEMO inertial measurement unit devices feature 10 degrees of freedom (DOF), 3-axis sensing of linear, angular and magnetic motion with temperature and barometer/altitude readings, a 32-bit processing unit, and a dedicated software in a single package. The modules contain a memory card socket for data logging and dedicated connectors for wired/wireless connectivity, including USB, ZigBee, or GPS.