NXP Semiconductors Launches LPC2900 ARM Flash Microcontrollers

NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, announced the availability of the new LPC2900 series of microcontrollers based on the ARM968 core. At 125 MHz, the LPC2900 series are the fastest Flash ARM-based microcontrollers available on the market targeting industrial networking, alarm systems and motor control applications. Building on its existing LPC291x series, NXP offers seven new members with the LPC2900 microcontroller series, adding to the largest ARM Microcontroller portfolio in the market.

As well as offering customers unrivaled operating speeds and up to 768 KB of on-chip high-speed Flash, the LPC2900 series also includes several new features that are not available on any ARM968 MCU. Features such as USB Host/On-The-Go/Device, 16 KB of true EEPROM, 5V ADC, UARTs with RS485 and LIN support, Quadrature Encoder Interface and Motor Control PWMs give design engineers added performance while minimizing development time and costs.

“The LPC2900 series gives our customers even more performance for their embedded applications,” said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. “This new family of microcontrollers uses the same peripherals as the popular LPC2000 ARM7 family from NXP, making it an easy upgrade option for customers looking for additional performance in a low cost embedded system. As always, we are committed to offering our customers the broadest range of choice available in 32-bit MCUs.”

The LPC2900 series comes with an ARM968E-S industry standard RISC core operating at 125 MHz and provides high performance (1.1MIPS/MHz) with low power consumption. Additional features include full speed USB2.0 Host/On-The-Go/Device, dual CAN interfaces and two LIN masters, 16 KB true EEPROM, standard serial buses, plus a sophisticated PWM and two 3V and one 5V analog to digital converters (ADCs) that make the LPC2900 series ideal for high-performance and communication-heavy applications. The family comes with up to 768 KB embedded flash memory and up to 120 KB SRAM.


  • Full Speed USB2.0 Host/On-The-Go/Device
  • Up to 768 KB Flash
  • 16 KB EEPROM – true byte erasable
  • Up to 120 KB total SRAM including – up to 56 KB SRAM and two 32 KB Tightly Coupled Memories
  • Two 3V 10-bit ADCs with 8-channels each
  • 5V 10-bit ADC with 8-channels
  • Up to ten 32-bit timers, including the PWM timers
  • General Purpose Direct Memory Access (GP DMA)
  • 2 CAN channels for industrial Gateways
  • 3 x Q-SPI
  • 2 x I2C-bus interfaces
  • 16C550 UARTs with RS485 and LIN support
  • External Memory interface
  • Embedded Trace Module (ETM) and 8 KB SRAM

Pricing & Availability
The NXP LPC2900 series of microcontrollers is available in October. Pricing for the LPC292x ranges from $4.99 to $7.99 in 10 Ku volumes. Demos will be available at the ARM Developers Conference in San Jose from October 7-9, 2008.

NXP is a leading semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has 31,000 employees working in more than 20 countries and posted sales of USD 6.3 billion (including the Mobile & Personal business) in 2007. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, mobile phones, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices.