Mitsubishi Electric launches expanded 16-bit platform

Sunnyvale, Calif. - To handle increasing migration from 8- to 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) and beyond, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA's Electronic Device Group announced Nov. 5 two new MCU product lines that expand its standard 16-bit platform.


Sunnyvale, Calif. - To handle increasing migration from 8- to 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) and beyond, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA's Electronic Device Group announced Nov. 5 two new MCU product lines that expand its standard 16-bit platform. These products address growing demand for platform MCUs that increase design flexibility and reduce system development time and costs.

Mitsubishi Electric's new M16C/10 and M32C/83 MCUs will use the same core, code and package configuration of its present M16C 16-bit MCU family. This is expected to bridge the cost/performance gap the firm says exists at the high end of 8-bit and the low end of 32-bit MCUs without expensive and time-consuming redesign.

The company reports it developed its expanded 16-bit MCU platform to represent a range of processors that offer consistency and design flexibility in pin assignments, flash memory sizes and code. This will aid design reusability throughout many customer design cycles. The lower-end of its 16-bit platform will meet demand for general-purpose 8-bit MCUs with small packages and superior processing abilities. M16C/10 is a low-cost, high-performance MCU with a miniaturized package, designed to span the void between the 8- and 16-bit markets. Similarly, in the high-performance 16-bit MCU market, M32C/83 performance and capabilities are expected to extend into the low-end 32-bit market.

'By expanding our 16-bit MCU platform at both ends of the performance scale, we're able to offer cost-effective, flexible solutions to designers for improved time-to-market,' said Richard Sessions, Mitsubishi Electric's director of embedded systems. 'Our M16C/10 enables 8-bit customers to cost-effectively upgrade to 16-bit performance and high-level C programming capability. After the initial 16-bit design, customers can reduce their time-to-market for successive platform designs by up to 40%.'

Optimized for industrial, general consumer and automotive body control applications, the M16C/10 adopts Mitsubishi Electric's 16-bit M16C core. In addition to the M16C's built-in high processing ability, it streamlines peripherals to reduce package size and cost, as demanded by design engineers.

Meanwhile, the M32C/83 family meets the demand for higher 16-bit performance, faster speed and greater functionality for portable device, automotive, and industrial applications. It is designed to operate at 30 MHz with controller area network (CAN) functionality and high-level data link control. By maintaining the same instruction set, peripheral functions, and configuration, it is compatible with the M16C family, enabling designers to replace the M16C with the M32C/83 when they require higher performance.

M16C/10 is available in 32- and 48-pin LQFP and 42-pin SSOP packages. The M32C/83 is available in 100- and 144-pin QFP packages. Samples of the M16C/10 are available now, with volume production scheduled for the first quarter of 2002.

Samples of the M32C/83 will be available in the first quarter of 2002, with volume production scheduled for the following quarter.

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