SOURCE: NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors

September 20, 2010 04:00 ET

NXP's 150 MHz LPC1800 MCU Delivers Industry's Highest ARM Cortex-M3 Performance

Flexible Dual-Bank Flash Offers Highest Reliability In-Application Re-Programming

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced the availability of the industry's highest performance ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller. The LPC1800 is optimized for low power operation at very low frequencies all the way through to 150MHz maximum performance from either Flash or RAM. This performance provides maximum connectivity and bandwidth options for a wide range of demanding applications. The flexible dual-bank 256-bit wide Flash memories can be used for concurrent write/read operations, allowing "golden copy" preservation and prevention of reprogramming mishaps, or simply used as a single bank of memory. The LPC1800 also features two new innovative peripherals: a flexible quad-SPI interface and a state configurable timer subsystem.

"The LPC1800 sets a new performance benchmark for ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers," said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. "What makes the LPC1800 unique is NXP's innovation in reliable, high performance memory architecture and system peripherals."

NXP 90nm Process Offers Large Memories at Low Power and High Performance
Designed using NXP's ultra low-leakage 90nm process technology, the LPC1800 offers faster operation, low dynamic power consumption, and proprietary low leakage optimization yielding between 10 and 100 times' reduction in standby modes. The LPC1800 offers the industry's largest on-chip SRAM for a Cortex-M3 with up to 200KB provided in multiple banks, each with separate bus master access for higher throughput and individual power-down control for low power operation. The dual-bank 1MB Flash architecture provides the highest reliability in-application re-programming, and allows for non-stop Flash operation.

Seamless High-Speed Quad-SPI Interface and State Configurable Timer Subsystem
Taking advantage of the rapid adoption of quad-SPI architectures in newer serial Flash memories, NXP is the first to provide a seamless high-speed interface that will connect with virtually all SPI and quad-SPI manufacturers. High-speed interfacing from quad-lane SPI memories at up to 80 Mbps per lane provides for much larger off-chip data and code execution than available from on-chip memories.

The LPC1800's State Configurable Timer Subsystem comprises of a timer array with a state machine enabling complex functionality including event controlled PWM waveform generation, ADC synchronization and dead time control. This timer subsystem gives embedded designers increased flexibility to create user-defined wave-forms and control signals for many applications including power conversion, lighting and motor applications.

Additional peripherals available on the LPC1800 include two HS USB controllers, an on-chip HS PHY, a 10/100T Ethernet controller with hardware enabled TCP/IP checksum calculation, a high-resolution color LCD controller, and AES decryption including two 128-bit secure OTP memories for key storage. Versions with AES encryption are available on request.

LPC1800 Standard Features
Standard features on all members of the series include 32 KB ROM containing boot code and on-chip software drivers, eight-channel General-Purpose DMA (GPDMA) controller, two 10-bit ADCs and 10-bit DAC with data conversion rate of 400k samples/s, a motor Control PWM and Quadrature Encoder Interface, 4 UARTs, 2 Fast-mode Plus I2C, I2S, 2 SSP/SPI, Smart card interface, 4 timers, windowed watchdog timer, an alarm timer, an ultra-low power RTC with 256 bytes of battery powered backup registers and up to 80 general purpose I/O pins.

NXP will showcase the LPC1800 microcontroller at ESC Boston 2010 (booth #1003) this week. The LPC1800 is available in 144-pin and 208-pin LQFP packages and 100-pin, 180-pin and 256-pin BGA packages. Flash-based LPC1800 engineering samples are available now. Flashless LPC18x0 parts, featuring larger on-chip SRAM, are sampling now and will be available through distribution in December. Information on the LPC1800 is available at:

NXP is the only microcontroller vendor to have announced licensing and products based on all ARM Cortex-M series processors including Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3, and Cortex-M4. Through this continuum of products, NXP microcontrollers provide performance and pricing for all levels of embedded applications. Further information is available at:

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NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has approximately 28,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009. For more information, visit

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