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NEC Expands Microcontroller Lineup

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NEC Electronics America, Inc. today introduced to the Americas twenty-two new 16-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for compact, low-power, battery-operated and sensor-enabled systems. Based on NEC Electronics’ high-performance 16-bit 78K0R CPU core, the new 78K0R/Kx3-L MCUs offer very low power consumption to extend battery life, and more on-chip integration to help reduce the size and cost of battery-driven and sensor-enabled systems such as fire and security alarms, meters, industrial sensors, anti-shake digital cameras, handheld medical diagnostics devices, and data-logging and point-of-sale terminals. In addition to low power consumption, the new lineup offers high-performance on-chip oscillators, built-in circuits for sensor functions and extended system operating time.

“As environmental awareness has grown, energy-saving systems have become particularly reliant on MCU technology,” said Jim Trent, vice president, multipurpose microcontroller and automotive group, NEC Electronics America. “Over the past several years, NEC Electronics has delivered many ultra-low-power 8- and 32-bit MCUs that have met the demand for energy efficiency. With the introduction of the new 78K0R/Kx3-L devices, however, NEC Electronics is now delivering the benefits of energy efficiency in its 16-bit products.”

In a separate release:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NEC Electronics America, Inc. today expanded its lineup of low-power 32-bit V850ES/Jx3™ All Flash™ microcontrollers (MCUs) with the new V850ES/Jx3-L™ MCUs, which offer the lowest standby current in their class to help meet stringent power requirements in battery-backed multiphase electricity meters, high-end blood glucose meters, test and instrumentation equipment, point-of-sale systems and other high-end portable devices that demand high performance, low power consumption and an extensive variety of integrated peripherals.

Backward compatibility with earlier generations of NEC Electronics’ V850™ All Flash MCUs provides designers with an easy upgrade path, while compatibility with other MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3 lineup, such as those introduced in September 2007, gives designers the flexibility to select from a variety of compatible devices with higher performance and up to one megabyte (MB) of on-chip memory.

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