Gleichmann Introduces NEC 78K0R/Kx3-L All Flash Microcontrollers

The 22 new 16-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) of the 78K0R/Kx3-L series from NEC Electronics (Distribution: Gleichmann Electronics) require only 1.5 milliwatts (mW) per million instructions per second (Dhrystone 1.1) and therefore, currently offer the industry’s highest power/performance ratio. The new MCUs are based on NEC Electronics’ high-performance 16-bit 78K0R CPU core.

Many features have been optimized. For example, power consumption at 20 MHz operation has been reduced by 20% to 6.5 milliamperes (mA) and at 10 MHz operation by 10 percent to 3.5 mA. Even more significant is the optimization of the power management circuitry, which is reflected in the standby power consumption. When only the real-time clock is active the power consumption of the 78K0R/Kx3-L family reduces to 1.0 microampere (µA). This was previously, an average of 2.4 µA. By reducing the internal supply voltage from 2.4 V to 1.8 V in “low consumption current mode”, the overall power consumption can be further reduced.

NEC 78K0R/Kx3-L All Flash MicrocontrollerOn-chip oscillator circuits allow the MCUs to be operated at a different clock speeds of 20 MHz, 8 MHz or in a special power-saving mode 1 MHz. Thanks to a guaranteed error rate of less than 1 percent at operating frequencies of 8 and 20 MHz , the need to add an external quartz/resonator, even for asynchronous data transfers, is eliminated.

Especially interesting for sensor applications; an optimized 12-channel, 10-bit A/D converter circuit, which is also integrated on the 78K0R/Kx3-L family, reduces the conversion time of an analog input into a digital output from 6 to 3 microseconds (µs). In addition, one internal operational amplifier and two internal comparators allow a wide range of analog data to be measured.

Because of the low power consumption and the extensive peripheral functions, the 22 new MCUs of the 78K0R/Kx3-L family are ideally suited for use in portable equipment or with sensor-equipped systems such as fire alarms, security devices, meters, industrial sensors, hand-held medical diagnostics devices as well as data acquisition and point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

Samples will be available from the third quarter of 2008. Start of volume production is planned for the end of 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.