All Flash 8-bit MCUs promote precision control in CE devices.

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To support applications that require precision analog sensing capabilities, All Flash(TM) 78K0/Kx2-A MCU series integrates analog functionality for battery-operated portable devices, 78K0 MCU interface, as well as various safety features and interfaces. Flash memory capacities range from 16-32 KB, and package options include 30-pin SSOP or 48-pin low-profile QFP. Each IC includes up to 12 channels of 12-bit ADCs and 3-channel op-amps interlocked with 12-bit ADC inputs.



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NEC Electronics America Expands 8-Bit All Flash Microcontrollers for Industrial, Consumer Electronics Precision Control



Rich Peripheral Set Delivers Precision Analog Sensing for Battery-Powered Portable Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced it has expanded its robust 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with the new All Flash(TM) 78K0/Kx2-A MCU series, featuring enhanced analog functionality for battery-operated portable devices. The four new MCUs offer robust peripherals combined with NEC Electronics' proven 78K0 MCU interface and safety features to support applications that require high-precision analog sensing capabilities. Target applications include industrial building automation sensors and monitoring devices, and consumer electronics devices with human interface systems such as game-control handsets.

The new 78K0/Kx2-A series extends the rich analog peripheral set offered in NEC Electronics' 78K0/Kx2 general-purpose MCUs and includes up to 12 channels of 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and 3-channel operational amplifiers (op-amps) interlocked with 12-bit ADC inputs.

To facilitate easy migration within the 78K0/Kx2 series, the new 78K0/Kx2-A MCUs also share many of the built-in features common to the 78K0 MCU family. The peripheral set includes UART, I2C and CSI/SPI serial interfaces, 8- and 16-bit timers to manage an array of real-time input and output events, clock generators, and a real-time counter with clock and calendar functions to maintain time-of-day clock without CPU intervention. The analog and serial interface integration helps to reduce system costs, while the optimized 8-bit circuit design helps designers achieve low power consumption and high performance levels similar to those associated with NEC Electronics' other 78K0/Kx2 devices.

NEC Electronics America also provides a comprehensive suite of development tools to support the new 78K0/Kx2-A series. This includes software tools such as the CubeSuite(TM) integrated development environment, compiler, assembler, software debugger and code generator, as well as hardware tools such as NEC Electronics' full-function IECube(TM) in-circuit emulator with real-time trace and MINICUBE2(TM) on-chip debug emulator and stand-alone flash programmer.

Pricing and Availability
The new 78K0/Kx2-A MCUs will be available in a 30-pin shrink-small outline package (SSOP) and 48-pin low-profile quad flat package (QFP) with flash memory capacities ranging from 16 to 32 kilobytes (KB). Samples are available now and distribution suggested resale pricing begins at $1.65 in volumes of 10,000 units. Mass production of the new devices is slated to begin in July 2010. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.) More information about NEC Electronics America's MCUs can be found at www.am.necel.com/micro/product/index.html.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of consumer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by NEC Electronics America can be found at www.am.necel.com.

CubeSuite, IECube and NEC Electronics America are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NEC Electronics is a registered trademark or trademark of NEC Corporation. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

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