NEC Debuts Microcontrollers for Automotive Body and Safety Control

NEC Electronics America, Inc. (TSE: 6723) today announced to the Americas a new line of microcontrollers (MCUs), the 8-bit Fx2 series and 32-bit Fx3 series, which are based on the company’s 0.15-micron process technology and have embedded flash memory optimized for automotive body and safety control applications.

Featuring pin counts ranging from 44 to 176, and flash memory configurations ranging from 32 kilobytes (KB) to 1 megabyte (MB), the new line is composed of 29 MCUs: 13 based on the 8-bit 78K0 CPU core and 16 based on the 32-bit V850ES(TM) CPU core. All devices support the controller area network (CAN) and local interconnect network (LIN) protocols. The products in both the 78K0/Fx2 and V850ES/Fx3 series are pin-compatible with NEC Electronics’ previous-generation 78K0/Fx1+ and V850ES/Fx2 MCUs to provide current customers with a smooth migration path to the new series devices.

As a result of increased sophistication in automotive heaters and air conditioners, wiper controllers, power windows, sliding doors, seat controllers, smart keyless entry devices, anti-theft mechanisms, intelligent airbag systems and the like, system designers require electronic components that can support the growing functionality of automotive body and safety control systems. NEC Electronics first addressed this need with its 78K0/Fx1+ and V850ES/Fx2 series MCUs.

“We are pleased to be offering the new 8-bit 78K0/Fx2 and 32-bit V850ES/Fx3 series’ next-generation capabilities to automotive system designers to give them more options and greater flexibility,” said Jim Trent, associate vice president and general manager, automotive strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. “To implement better functionality, original equipment manufacturers and tier-one system suppliers require application-specific semiconductor solutions that integrate special functionality optimized for body and safety applications to help reduce system cost and development time. These new expanded-feature MCUs from NEC Electronics are well positioned to meet these high-level customer requirements.”

On a worldwide basis, NEC Electronics Corporation ranked as the number one supplier of 32-bit MCUs in the March 2006 Gartner Dataquest report. The company’s all flash product line now includes 175 MCUs in 8- and 32-bit widths, memory capacities in an extensive variety of sizes, and package options optimized for a wide range of applications. As an added benefit, simple software programmability based on a single architecture enables customers to minimize the equipment necessary to manufacture their products.

With a focus on supporting the automotive industry, NEC Electronics America is expanding its semiconductor manufacturing capabilities in Roseville, California, to add a 0.15-micron process using eight-inch wafers in addition to the current 0.35- and 0.25-micron processes using six-inch wafers.

More information about NEC Electronics America’s products for automotive applications can be found online.

Samples of 78K0/Fx2 series MCUs are available now with volume production scheduled for October 2006. Samples of V850ES/Fx3 series MCUs are scheduled to be available in the coming months with volume production scheduled for December 2006. For pricing, contact 1-800-366-9782. (Pricing and availability are subject to change.)

Devices in the 78K0 and V850ES series use SuperFlash(R) technology from Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCDs from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.

NEC Electronics, NEC Electronics America and V850ES are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. SuperFlash is a registered trademark of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.