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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced that its all flash microcontroller (MCU) product line has been expanded to include 32-bit devices that will complement the company's existing 8- and 16-bit devices and result in one of the most comprehensive all flash MCU offerings currently available. As part of this expansion, NEC Electronics America is adding 28 new devices to its series of V850(TM) high-performance, 32-bit general-purpose MCUs. Designed to facilitate more efficient application development, the new V850ES/Hx2(TM), V850ES/Jx2(TM) andV850ES/Kx2(TM) series are ideally suited for use in analog systems such as major appliances, security systems, electricity meters, sensors, electronic digital consumer devices, industrial equipment and a variety of other products that require complex, multifunctional, high-speed operation and have a widerange of voltage requirements. Currently one of the industry's largestselections of proven, general-purpose MCUs with flash memory, NEC Electronics America's all flash lineup provides high performance, easy programming and lowpower consumption and is supported by a comprehensive low-cost design environment.
"Competition in the consumer electronics market continues to grow, and weare seeing an increased demand for general-purpose MCUs with flash memory,which provides greater flexibility for designers building high-performance products in smaller volumes," said Bart Ladd , general manager, standard solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. "Since first introducing the all flash concept in November 2004 , NEC Electronics has steadily established a solid lineup of 8- to 32-bit all flash devices to enable designers to bring their applications to market quickly and costeffectively."
Traditional MCUs manufactured with mask ROM methods are limited to one-time programmability. Although these methods are effective for high-volume manufacturing, many industries that require high performance and faster time to market are now leaning toward the production of a wider array of products in smaller quantities. Based on SuperFlash(R) technology fromSilicon Storage Technology, Inc., NEC Electronics' 32-bit all flash MCUs allow users to rewrite software multiple times, even after manufacturing and implementation, making it possible to dramatically shorten application development times and reduce total system cost and manufacturing time.
On a worldwide basis, NEC Electronics Corporation was ranked as the number one supplier of 32-bit MCUs according to the March 2006 Gartner Dataquestreport. The all flash product line now includes 175 MCUs with bit widths 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.
A variety of hardware development tools, including a full-function,real-time, in-circuit emulator and the MINICUBE(R) on-chip debugger that includes NEC Electronics' common debugger software, help designers focus their efforts on developing application software. The company's line of powerful software tools includes a real-time operating system to manage the execution of application tasks, an optimized C compiler, a system simulator and Applilet sample code generator software. A free evaluation copy of software is available for download athttp://www.am.necel.com/microcontrollers/devtools.php.