Motorola expands MPC500 family for embedded control

Austin, Tex. - The MPC561, MPC562, MPC563, MPC564, MPC565, and MPC566 family of MCUs from Motorola incorporates embedded Flash memory and on-chip peripherals, making them well suited for a variety of avionics, robotics, manufacturing, and industrial control applications.


Austin, Tex. - The MPC561, MPC562, MPC563, MPC564, MPC565, and MPC566 family of MCUs from Motorola incorporates embedded Flash memory and on-chip peripherals, making them well suited for a variety of avionics, robotics, manufacturing, and industrial control applications.

"The MPC500 family has had great success in applications from helicopter controls to global positioning systems," said Franz Fink, general manager of Motorola's 32-Bit Embedded Controller Division. "As the long-standing leader in Flash MCUs and single-chip 32-bit embedded solutions, Motorola is committed to continual innovation while expanding this product family to help customers improve existing systems and enable completely new applications."

"Thirty-two-bit MCUs are gaining in popularity in a number of control and performance intensive applications in the automotive, aerospace, robotics and industrial market," said Tony Massimini, chief of technology for Semico Research Corp. "Building on its success in the automotive industry, Motorola is meeting a real market need with the MPC500 family by providing cost competitive, Flash-based 32-Bit MCUs for other demanding markets in which systems require real-time control and complex calculations."

Each member of the family features a 32-bit RISC core, compliant with the PowerPC instruction set architecture, as well as a floating-point unit. The devices offer a variety of memory size options and I/O peripherals, including time processor units, CAN interface modules, and queued analog-to-digital converters, among others. Code compression is available on the 562, 564 and 566 devices, which extends the amount of available program space.

MPC565 and MPC566 are said to be the industry's first MCUs to offer 1Mbyte of embedded Flash memory, which gives designers the flexibility of in-circuit and in-application programmability and re-programmability. The 1Mbyte of internal Flash is divided into 2 blocks of 512 Kbytes. Because the memory is configured into two separate blocks, program code can be executed from one block of Flash while programming into the other. With the code compression offered on the 566, up to 2 Mbytes of program code can be compressed to fit into the 1Mbyte of embedded Flash.

With its multiple on-chip time processor units (TPU), the products have the ability to coordinate many inputs and outputs from sensors, actuators, and motors simultaneously. The TPU has a dedicated micro-engine that operates independently of the CPU, thus freeing the CPU to execute other instructions. In robotics, for example, one MPC565 is capable of coordinating many motors controlling a robotic arm, which can number close to 25 in some cases. Another example is the ability of the MPC565 to control multiple functions in printing presses. One MPC565 MCU is engineered to be able to control the operation of the rollers, paper tension and ink mix as compared to alternative scenarios where more than one MCU may be needed.

The integrated Floating Point Unit (FPU) allows the devices to easily handle applications requiring complex, real-time control. The FPU maintains the precision of the results of complex mathematical calculations, making it a popular choice in advanced applications such as those described above.

A suite of hardware and software development tools is available. Development support is available from Motorola through Metrowerks as well as from leading independent tool developers providing processor probes, logic analyzers, debuggers, simulation development environments, and C and C++ compilers.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security