Gleichmann Sees NEC Starter Kit for 78K0/Lx3 Microcontroller

Gleichmann Electronics announces the availability of NEC Electronics’ See it! starter kit, which supports the recently launched 78K0/Lx3 8-bit microcontroller family. Version 1.1 supports devices without A/D converter as well as versions with 10-bit A/D converter.

The 78K0/Lx3 series of 8-bit microcontrollers with integrated liquid crystal display (LCD) drivers, excel with features such as extremely low power consumption levels (less than 5 mA in the run mode and just 2.5 µA, when using the internal real-time clock supported by the 32 KHz sub-clock) and an extended operating temperature range of -40 to +85°C. Depending on the type and configuration, up to 288 LCD segments can be controlled.

The See-it! starter kit, which is based on the 80-pin 78K0/LF3 microcontroller with 60 Kbytes of flash memory and 2 Kbytes of RAM, is designed to enable a quick introduction to the 78K0/Lx3 series of 8-bit microcontrollers. Several peripheral functions are also mounted on the board including a 224 segment LCD, temperature sensor, infrared remote control receiver, reference voltage circuit, buzzer, 4-way miniature joystick, DIP switches and a “prototyping area”, where the designer can develop his own additions or modifications.

The See it! starter kit can be powered using the on-board USB port, which can also be used as communication-, programming- and debugging-interface. Additionally, the kit also contains a 4 Kbytes code-size limited version of the IAR Embedded Workbench software development tools and several simple demonstration programs.

The ability to control multiple motors from a single device, as well as removing the need for external sensors, analog components and safety IC’s, contribute to significantly reducing overall system cost. Product information and samples of NEC Electronics’ new V850E/IF3 and V850E/IG3 device families are now available upon request from Gleichmann Electronics.

Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH
Since its foundation in 1979, Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH has established itself as one of the leading high-tech distributors of electronic components in Europe. Our success is founded on the customer’s clear benefits of using a company whose focus is on highly sophisticated components such as microcontrollers, programmable logic devices, graphic displays and customized battery solutions. Our highly motivated and skilled field application engineers provide assistance and competent advice throughout all stages of a customer’s design. Gleichmann & Co Electronics GmbH leads the way in custom design services, owning two ASIC design centers, a research laboratory and a programming centre, which is unique in Europe.

NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) specializes in semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the high-end computing and broadband networking markets, system solutions for the mobile handset, PC peripherals, automotive and digital consumer markets, and platform solutions for a wide range of customer applications.