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NXP Semiconductors

March 13, 2012 03:55 ET

NXP Licenses ARM Cortex-M0+ Processor

World's Most Energy-Efficient Processor From ARM Enables Ultra-Low-Power Microcontrollers for Intelligent Systems

EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2012) - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that it is one of the lead ARM Partners to license the new ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processor. The Cortex-M0+ is the world's most energy-efficient ARM microprocessor. It has been optimized to enable ultra-low-power, entry-level 32-bit microcontrollers for intelligent sensors and smart control systems in a broad range of applications, which include home appliances, white goods, medical monitoring, e-metering, lighting, power and motor control devices.

"NXP has replaced many 8-bit microcontrollers with our Cortex-M0 products, now shipping in applications such as UPS, human interface devices, active cable and touchscreen," said Alexander Everke, executive vice president and general manager, High Performance Mixed Signal business unit, NXP Semiconductors. "As the most successful 32-bit microcontroller vendor to address the 8/16-bit market, NXP will further extend our leadership with the addition of the Cortex-M0+ processor."

NXP has over 70 Cortex-M0 device types shipping in high volume, which include a variety of integrated control and communication peripherals, such as segment LCD driver, CAN with on-chip CAN transceiver, Full-Speed USB, and single-supply 1.8V devices with a dual-voltage option. NXP also offers the widest selection of packages in the industry, such as the world's smallest 32-bit microcontroller in a 2-mm x 2-mm WL-CSP package and the world's first low-pin-count Cortex-M0 series in SO, TSSOP and DIP packages.

"NXP was a lead licensee for the Cortex-M0 processor and has since enjoyed great success, with an extensive portfolio of Cortex-M0 processor-based devices for many customer applications, such as home appliances, white goods, smart metering, and motor control devices," said Mike Inglis, executive vice president and general manager, processor division, ARM. "The addition of a Cortex-M0+ processor license will help NXP further accelerate the move away from 8/16-bit and toward 32-bit applications."

NXP's industry-leading ARM microcontroller portfolio includes the lowest current Cortex-M0 at 110 uA/MHz; the only Cortex-M3 microcontroller operating at 180 MHz, available with integrated TFT LCD controller; the industry's first asymmetrical dual-core; the fastest 204-MHz Cortex-M4 microcontroller; and a well-established list of microcontrollers based on ARM7TDMI®, ARM968™ and ARM926™.

Further information on NXP's ARM continuum of microcontrollers is available at:

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