Gleichmann Electronics Announces NEC 78K0R/Ix3 Microcontrollers

Gleichmann Electronics presents 19 new 16-bit All Flash(TM) microcontrollers (MCUs)in NEC Electronics’ 78K0R/Ix3 lineup. The new MCUs are built around a 78K0R CPU core that executes 13 million instructions per second (MIPS) at a clock speed of 20 MHz. The power consumption is only 1.8 mW per MIPS. Available on-chip memory configurations include 16 to 64 Kbytes of internal flash memory and 1 to 3 Kbytes of internal RAM.

In an industry first, the 78K0R/Ix3 MCUs integrate all of the basic analog circuits needed for motor control, including an op amp, comparators as well as a high-speed A/D converter together with the CPU and additional peripheral units on a single chip. By dispensing with additional external discrete component, manufacturers can not only reduce their bill of materials costs, but also save space on system boards.

Further features of the new 16-bit MCUs are the 12-channel integrated multifunction timers. These allow, for example, one channel of 6-phase pulse-width modulation(PWM)output and two channels of the half-bridge PWM output.

Packaging options available for the 19 new derivatives of the 78K0R/Ix3 MCUs include different SSOP and LQFP packages in pin counts ranging from 30 to 64 pins. Furthermore, a comprehensive choice of development tools, including MINICUBE2 on-chip debugger, IECUBE emulator, compiler suites as well as many starter kits and software tools, are available.

Data sheets for the new 78K0R/Ix3 MCUs are available immediately from Gleichmann Electronics. First samples are expected to be available in May 2008.

About Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH
Since its foundation in 1979, Gleichmann & Co. Electronics GmbH, in the same company group with MSC Vertriebs GmbH, has established itself as one of the leading pan European distributors of electronic components. One of the reasons for the high acceptance by customers and suppliers is the company’s early focus on comparatively few, highly sophisticated products such as microcontrollers, programmable logic devices, graphic displays and customized battery solutions. The deep technical know-how of our sales engineers and field applications engineers enable us to implement complete new designs right up to the manufactured product to satisfy customers’ requests. Owning two ASIC design centers, a research laboratory and one of Europe’s largest, state-of-the-art programming facilities, Gleichmann & Co Electronics GmbH leads the way in custom design services.

About NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany, is a leading developer and supplier of semiconductor products in Europe. Committed to meeting customers’ cost, performance and time-to-market requirements, the company offers solutions ranging from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, as well as customized products for next-generation designs. Our customers also benefit from state-of-the-art manufacturing from the global production network of our parent company, NEC Electronics Corporation. Additionally, NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH is the exclusive European sales and marketing channel of LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies Ltd.