Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fujitsu enhances FM3 family of 32-bit MCUs

SINGAPORE: Fujitsu Semiconductor Asia Pte Ltd (FSAL) launched the fourth wave of products in its FM3 Family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor core. Fujitsu Semiconductor is releasing 210 new products in total, which will be made incrementally available in sample quantities starting from January 31st.

The new products are divided into four groups: a High Performance Group with a total of 64 products that include the MB9BF510R/410/310/110 Series, the MB9BF516RPMC, and other products; a Basic Group with a total of 12 products that include the MB9AF310K/110 Series, the MB9AF312KMPC, and other products; a Low Power Group with a total of 108 products that include the MB9AFB40N/A40/340/140 Series, the MB9AFB44NPMC, and other products; and an Ultra Low Leak Group with a total of 26 products that include the MB9AFA30/130 Series, the MB9AFA32NPMC, and other products.

Fujitsu Semiconductor plans to continue expanding the product line to reach more than 500 products by the end of its 2012 fiscal year.

The FM3 family combines a Cortex-M3 core with peripheral functions developed for the FR microcontrollers. The addition of 64 products in the High Performance Group, 12 products in the Basic Group, 108 products in the Low Power Group, and 26 products in the Ultra Low Leak Group to the existing product line brings the FM3 family to a total of 370 products.

Creating a full set of four groups with the addition of the new Low Power Group, Fujitsu Semiconductor offers a complete lineup of products in the FM3 family to suit every application.

The High Performance Group is designed for processor-intensive system controllers and application-oriented interfaces, such as USB2.0 and Controller Area Network (CAN), while the Basic Group is specifically designed for single-motor inverter controls.

The newly added Low Power Group product line meets the growing demand for low-power consumption in the marketplace. It contains an optimal range of products for the low-power demands of consumer-lifestyle equipment, such as in battery-powered mobile products, digital entertainment equipment employing LCD technology, home appliances, and in healthcare.

Finally, the Ultra-Low Leak Group can be employed in instrumentation machinery utilizing various sensors, as well as in battery-powered applications and low-cost products.

With the addition of LCD controllers to the product line, the FM3 family is optimized for a broad range of applications.

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