NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced its new Kinetis K27/K28 family of ARM Cortex-M4-based microcontrollers (MCUs) for portable display applications. The MCUs provide 1MB of embedded SRAM plus 2MB of Flash memory.
The new 150 MHz Kinetis MCUs enable advanced integration in battery-operated applications, with an increase of up to four times the embedded SRAM offered in current MCUs. The large memory, coupled with expanded integration capabilities and lower system power enable richer graphics and longer battery life.
“Embedded designers can now push the limits of integration to create more competitive products with NXP’s new Kinetis K27/K28 MCUs, which makes it possible for them to get the most out of their devices,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of the microcontroller business line at NXP. “Our new high-performance microcontrollers enable enhanced user interfaces and high-end customized apps while extending battery life, all of which are important when it comes to product differentiation for IoT devices, smart home products, wearables and industrial portable devices.”
The 1MB embedded SRAM enables lower system power and larger graphics buffer sizes that enables users to install more software applications and apps on wearables, and other portable graphic display systems. The advanced integration reduces the system board footprint.
The Kinetis K27/K28 MCUs support a wide set of peripherals, including low-power peripherals to optimize battery life, dual USB controllers for high speed data transfer, external memory interfaces for additional program and data storage, and analog or other peripherals to process sensors in connected IoT devices.
The Kinetis K27/K28 is supported by a FRDM-K28F development platform and NXP also provides software tools through its MCUXpresso SDK.
The new Kinetis K27/K28 MCU family will be commercially available in April 2017.