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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

NEC Electronics Expands Portfolio of 8-Bit 78K0S/Kx1+ All Flash Microcontrollers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced the expansion of its 8-bit 78K0S/Kx1+ microcontroller (MCU)series to include 10 new devices that complement the company's all flash portfolio and provide seamless coverage of system requirements for multiple MCU applications. Three new 10-pin 78K0S/KU1+ MCUs are available in the industry's smallest package in class, a plastic shrink small-outline package(SSOP) that measures 4.4 x 3.72 millimeters (mm). The company is also adding to its existing low-pin-count series devices seven new 78K0S/KB1+, 78K0S/KA1+and 78K0S/KY1+ MCUs that are available with pin counts ranging from 16 to 30and on-chip flash memory ranging from 1 to 8 kilobytes (KB). With small formfactors, fine-grained on/off control and high reliability, all 10 of the newMCUs are ideally suited for cost-sensitive white goods applications that require only on/off sequence control services, for example vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens, electric tools, smoke detectors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), heaters, motors and pumps.

"We are seeing an increased demand for general-purpose MCUs with reprogramming capabilities that can help system developers meet demandingtargets for performance, time to market and costs," said Bart Ladd , general manager, Standard Solutions Strategic Business Unit, NEC Electronics America."With the addition of these 10 new devices, NEC Electronics America isoffering one of the industry's most comprehensive general-purpose all flashMCU lineups, with the high performance, flexible programming capability and low power consumption that will allow designers to bring their applications tomarket quickly and cost effectively."

The new 10-pin 78K0S/KU1+ MCUs have flash memory capacities ranging from1 to 4 KB. Designers using these devices, available in the industry's smallestpackage in class, can reduce on-board footprints by about 30 percent comparedto footprints housing current 16-pin packages, thereby reducing the size, weight and cost of final products.

Available in a variety of pin counts and memory sizes, the seven new78K0S/KB1+, 78K0S/KA1+ and 78K0S/KY1+ MCUs have low-cost semiconductor switching functions that can be used as replacements for dedicated switches toreduce the size and weight of switching control and data transfer mechanisms. The devices also offer finer-grained on/off control and higher reliability.

The 30-pin 78K0S/KB1+ MCUs feature 4 and 8 KB of flash memory, the 20-pin78K0S/KA1+ MCUs 2 to 4 KB, and the 16-pin 78K0S/KY1+ MCUs 1, 2 and 4 KB. Theomission of an A/D converter in these seven devices allows designers to selectonly the functions they need, making these MCUs a cost-effective choice forapplications in which analog data (such as temperature or weight data obtainedfrom sensors) need not be converted into digital data by the MCU.

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