NEC Rolls Out 16- and 32-Bit All Flash Microcontrollers

NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced that it has added sixteen new devices to its comprehensive lineup of 16- and 32-bit all flash microcontrollers (MCUs). These latest MCUs offer up to twice the memory and a significant increase in pin-count options compared to previous devices in the line.

Based on advanced 0.15-micron processes using SuperFlash(R) technology licensed from Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., the new lineup includes two 32-bit V850ES/JJ3(TM) MCUs with up to 1 megabyte (MB) of flash memory, and fourteen new 16-bit 78K0R/Kx3 MCUs with up to 512 kilobytes (KB) of memory and 144-pin packages. These devices are well suited for industrial and office applications such as security systems, utility meters, scanners and printers and for consumer applications such as digital televisions, projection televisions and digital video disc (DVD) receivers.

“As market competition increases, system developers are being called on to meet dramatically higher performance targets while also achieving shorter development times, more compact designs and lower costs,” said Bart Ladd, general manager, standard solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. “NEC Electronics’ all flash MCUs are designed to support customers in meeting these growing needs, and our latest additions with enhanced memory and higher pin counts will help the development of an even wider range of systems.”

With the addition of these latest devices, NEC Electronics now boasts a comprehensive lineup of 208 all flash MCUs, ranging from cost-efficient 8-bit devices to high-performance 32-bit devices with a wide selection of memory devices and pin-count options to suit the diverse needs of system designers. NEC Electronics America also provides an array of tools to support efficient development for all its MCUs. These tools include the MINICUBE2 debugger/flash programmer combination, which makes it simple to develop and test MCU programs, and the Applilet device driver generator, which supports the development of initialization programs for MCU peripheral functions. Together, these tools provide an easy-to-use design environment to support the development of MCU software.

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 MCUs in 8-, 16- 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.

As part of an NEC Electronics global manufacturing strategy announced in February 2006, NEC Electronics America is expanding its semiconductor manufacturing capabilities in Roseville, California, by adding a 0.15-micron process using eight-inch wafers to the current 0.35- and 0.25-micron processes using six-inch wafers. The pilot line is expected to begin mass production during the summer of 2007.

Pricing and Availability
The new devices are currently available at $13.50 for the V850ES/JJ3 MCUs and $9 for the 78K0R/Kx3 MCUs in sample quantities. The 32-bit V850ES/JJ3 is expected to be ready for volume production by May 2007, and the 78K0R/Kx3 is expected to be ready for volume production by October 2007. Total monthly production for all sixteen devices is expected to reach 100,000 units worldwide by the first quarter of 2008.

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 a local manufacturing facility in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. NEC Electronics America also is the marketing and sales channel in the Americas for industrial-type, active-matrix LCD modules from NEC Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.

NEC Electronics, NEC Electronics America and V850ES/JJ3 are either trademarks or registered trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. SuperFlash is a registered trademark of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.