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NEC Electronics provides an array of hardware and software development tools to support efficient development of all of its MCUs, including the new8-bit products. These tools include the MINICUBE2(R) on-chip debugger/flashprogrammer combination and the Applilet device driver, which supports thedevelopment of initialization programs for MCU peripheral functions. Together,these tools provide an easy-to-use development environment to help designers focus their efforts on developing application software. More information aboutNEC Electronics America's all flash 8-bit MCUs can be found athttp://www.am.necel.com/micro/promotion/allflash/newdevices8bit.html .
About NEC Electronics' All Flash Microcontrollers
Traditional MCUs manufactured with mask ROM methods are limited toone-time programming. Although these methods are effective for high-volume manufacturing, many industries that require high performance and faster timeto market are now leaning toward the production of a wider array of productsin smaller quantities. Based on SuperFlash(R) technology from Silicon StorageTechnology, Inc., NEC Electronics' 8-bit all flash MCUs give designers theability to rewrite software multiple times, even after manufacturing and implementation. When specifications change, this reprogramming capability makes it possible for designers to dramatically shorten development and manufacturing times and reduce total system cost.
On a worldwide basis, NEC Electronics Corporation was ranked the numberone supplier of 32-bit MCUs according to the March 2006 Gartner Dataquest report. The company's all flash product line now includes 189 MCUs with bitwidths ranging from 8 to 32, memory capacities in an extensive variety of sizes and package options optimized for wide array of applications. Simple software programmability based on a single architecture enables customers to minimize the equipment necessary to manufacture their products.
Pricing and Availability
The 78K0S/KU1+ MCUs are in volume production now. Sample shipments of the78K0S/KB1+, 78K0S/KA1+ and 78K0S/KY1+ devices are available now. Volumeproduction for these MCUs is scheduled to begin in October 2006 . Sample pricing is expected to range from US$1.30 to $2. Pricing and availability are subject to change.