Toshiba Rolls Out Microcontroller Based on New 8-Bit CPU Core

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced the introduction of its first product based on the new Toshiba 8-bit TLCS-870/C1 CPU core. Designated TMP89FS60UG/FG, the new general-purpose microcontroller (MCU) combines 60 Kbytes of SuperFlash(R) memory with various interfaces for serial communications, a 10-bit analog-to-digital converter and analog IP blocks that provide voltage-level detection and power-on reset functions.

Toshiba Rolls Out Microcontroller Based on 8-Bit TLCS-870/C1 CPU Core

The new core can process one instruction cycle in a single clock cycle, enabling faster processing at lower frequencies, reduced noise and lower power consumption compared with the previous Toshiba 8-bit core. The new device is well suited for a wide range of applications from small-scale applications, such as portable digital-consumer products, to large-scale applications requiring large-capacity ROM, such as air conditioners, washing machines, and other white goods.

“The first product based on our new TLCS-870/C1 core, the TMP89FS60UG/FG MCU embodies a new concept of 8-bit MCUs,” said Roland Gehrmann, business development manager in the ASSP Business Unit at TAEC. “Our next-generation TLCS-870/C1 Series 8-bit MCUs with SuperFlash technology are customer-driven solutions that offer low power, low voltage, large-capacity memory and high- speed processing comparable to that of 16-bit devices. The highly integrated TMP89FS60UG/FG helps reduce system cost by incorporating a voltage-detection circuit, a power-on reset circuit and an on-chip debug function.” Mr. Gehrmann explained that the on-chip debugger enhances development efficiency by enabling software-version upgrades in the field as well as debugging on mass-production boards. He added that the core is binary compatible with previous Toshiba 8-bit MCU cores, allowing existing software resources to be used. When used in combination with a Toshiba C compiler, high code efficiency can be achieved.

Pricing and Availability
Samples of TMP89FS60UG/FG are available now and volume production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2007. TMP89FS60UG/FG is priced at $4.50 each in 10,000-piece quantities.

About TAEC
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, TAEC brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers. This broad offering includes memory and flash memory-based storage solutions, a broad range of discrete devices, displays, medical tubes, ASICs, custom SOCs, microprocessors, microcontrollers and wireless components for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets.

TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s fourth largest semiconductor manufacturer. In more than 130 years of operation, Toshiba has recorded numerous firsts and made many valuable contributions to technology and society. For technical inquiries, please e-mail

SuperFlash technology is licensed from and is a registered trademark of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.