NXP Introduces LPC2900 Family of ARM968E-S Based Microcontrollers

NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has announced the expansion of the largest portfolio in the ARM7(TM) and ARM9(TM) microcontroller space with the introduction of the LPC2900 series. The NXP LPC2900 is based on the popular, high-performance ARM968E-S(TM) processor and targets applications in industrial, medical, motor control and automotive industries, providing designers with a cost-effective, flexible low-power solution. With this latest offering, NXP will add three ARM9 microcontrollers, the LPC2919, LPC2917 and LPC2915, bringing its industry-leading portfolio to over 50 ARM technology-based MCUs. The NXP LPC2900 microcontroller series will be displayed this week at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston at booth #801.

Microcontrollers for industrial control and automotive applications
The NXP LPC2900 microcontrollers are based on 80-MHz ARM968E-S MCUs with two CAN controllers and two LIN controllers, providing connectivity and gateway options that are ideally suited for applications such as industrial automation and in-vehicle networking. Built around an ARM968E-S processor core, the LPC2900 microcontroller is optimized for increased performance. With the help of an on-chip power management unit (PMU), the LPC2900 can also consume power more efficiently for low power applications. Peripherals such as high-speed PWM (Pulse Width Modulator) and UARTs can be clocked independently at different clock rates to provide further flexibility in minimizing power consumption.

Features including dual CAN interfaces and two LIN masters, standard serial buses, plus a sophisticated PWM and two analog to digital converters (ADCs) make the LPC2900 ideal for high-performance and communication-heavy applications such as motor control, CAN gateways, PLC (programmable logic controller), industrial networking, in-car entertainment, navigation and comfort.

“Growth in 32-bit ARM technology-based microcontrollers is now steadily outpacing the growth of other proprietary architectures. The LPC2900 MCUs promises to continue NXP’s market lead and strategically complement our LPC2000 and LPC3000 product lines to provide our customers with the broadest ARM MCU offering in the industry,” said Geoff Lees, general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. “The LPC2900 family provides an advanced system-level solution ideally suited to complement our ARM7TDMI(R) and ARM926EJ processor-based products with MCUs based on the ARM968E-S.”

Featuring a simplified design, the three devices offer consistent peripherals and code compatibility. The LPC2917 and LPC2919 have 32-bit external memory controllers that support static memory devices, including RAM, ROM, Flash, burst ROM, and external I/O devices. The system can support up to 768KB of on-chip Flash and 80 KB SRAM. The unique 128-bit wide Flash provides the highest performance accessing four words each fetch comparing to others that fetch one word at a time. The SRAM is subdivided into a 16 KB Tightly Coupled Memory (TCM) for data and 16 KB TCM for code as well as 48 KB general-purpose SRAM. Integrated CAN 2.0B controllers offer FullCAN mode for message reception, triple transmit buffers with automatic priority scheduling, and extensive global CAN-acceptance filtering for high-performance gateway functionality. For compatibility with existing tools, each device uses the standard ARM test/debug JTAG interface.

The NXP LPC2900 family of microcontrollers is available immediately in industrial temperature range and will be showcased at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston, Massachusetts this week. Higher temperature products will be available in 2008. Pricing for the LPC2900 ranges from $6.79 to $7.75 in 10 Ku volumes. Packages come in 144-pin LQFP and 100-pin LQFP.

About NXP Microcontrollers
NXP Semiconductors continues to demonstrate its commitment to change the MCU landscape and establish the ARM processor-based microcontrollers as the industry standard for the 32-bit market. This will be the second introduction into NXP’s ARM9 MCU family, enabling customers to select the solution that best meets their needs in terms of price, performance, features and power consumption. In July NXP acquired the Sharp BlueStreak(TM) microcontroller product line.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has 37,000 employees working in more than 20 countries and posted sales of EUR 5 billion in 2006. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, personal media players, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices.