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Microcontrollers suitable for battery applications


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NXP's Cortex-M0 based microcontrollers are now available for pre-order from Future Electronics. Cortex-M0 processor is a 12,000 gate-count core stripped down for low power consumption; the LPC1100 targets battery applications, e-metering, consumer peripherals, remote sensors, and virtually all 16-bit applications. NXP's LPC1100 is the lowest priced 32-bit microcontroller in the market and is easier to use than existing 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers.


The NXP LPC1100 family of microcontrollers features a 50-MHz Cortex-M0 processor with 32 vectored interrupts and 4 priority levels; multiple UARTS and one or two SPI serial interfaces; a 12-MHz internal RC oscillator, 10 to 50-MHz phase-locked loop; 8-channel 10-bit ADC and the devices operate from a single 1.8 to 3.6-volt power supply.

The NXP Cortex-M0 microcontroller offers over 45-DMIPs of performance compared to the sub-DMIP performance typical of 8-bit MCUs and 3 – 5 DMIPS for 16-bit MCUs. At 50-MHz current consumption is less than 10-mA. The LPC1100 range requires 40 to 50 percent less code for most common microcontroller tasks, than 8- or 16-bit microcontrollers.



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