Fujitsu Rolls Out Microcontroller for Controlling Two Motors

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) introduced the newest addition to its MB91480 series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for high-performance control of home appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers.

The 80MHz, 32-bit MB91F487 provides two multi-function timer units for motor inverter control on a single IC, saving space and increasing functionality. It is the newest member of the FR family of 32-bit MCUs, which meets the requirements of new generations of appliances by collecting and using information from multiple sensors.

“The MB91480 series of FR MCUs is ideal for appliances that use motor control, like washing machines. High-speed A/D converters and dedicated motor- control wave-form generator functions meet the demand for quieter and smoother operation of the motors in these products,” said Akio Nezu, senior manager of the Embedded Solutions Business Group, Fujitsu Microelectronics America. “These controllers, including the new MB91F487, also meet the requirements of microwave ovens, which have several temperature monitors and steam-cooking capabilities, as well as of air-conditioners, which are being designed with air-purification and humidifier functions.”

The new MCU incorporates three A/D converters with a total of 18 channels, which allow for sensing minute changes in up to 18 sensors. Together with the pulse-width-modulation controller, the converters enable smooth and detailed control. Also, for inverter control computation, special product-sum operation circuits divide high-speed processing with the CPU and reduce the burden on the CPU.

Pricing and Availability
The MB91F487, which includes 512Kbytes of Flash ROM and 32Kbytes RAM, operates at voltages from 4V to 5.5V. The MCU comes in 100-pin LQFP packages, and samples are available now at $13.00 each. Volume pricing starts at $9.20 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

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