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Freescale expands microcontroller portfolio with availability of new Kinetis E series MCUs

SHANGHAI, China – Mar. 18, 2014 – Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its Kinetis E series portfolio to include three new families: Kinetis KE02 MCUs now running up to 40 MHz, KE04 MCUs running up to 48 MHz and KE06  MCUs running up to 48 MHz – complementing its already robust portfolio of 5V MCUs built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ architecture. The new Kinetis E series MCUs feature electromagnetic noise immunity for systems that traditionally use 8- and 16-bit MCUs, such as white goods and industrial applications, while providing high efficiency and optimal code density.

The new Kinetis E series products are ideal for applications such as washing machine, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, air conditioners, home and building control systems, motor control, fans, industrial converters and other equipment commonly operating in high-noise environments. Leveraging the devices’ robust design and 32-bit processing capabilities, systems designers can use a single device instead of the multiple MCUs previously required. In addition, large-pitch packaging options and high electrostatic discharge protection performance can enable single-layer board designs and reduce the need for additional circuit protection components, leading to lower system costs.

Freescale offers both built-in hardware safety features and pre-certified, fault-tolerant software routines engineered to help customers meet the IEC 60730 Class B safety standard for household appliances, a mandatory requirement in European markets.

Kinetis KE0x Family

  • EMC and ESD protection features for robust noise immunity and compliance with industrial-grade reliability and temperature requirements
  • Exceptional electrical fast transient/electrostatic discharge (EFT/ESD) performance
  • Flash, RAM, register, watchdog and clock tests
  • 2.7V to 5.5V and across -40 degrees C to +105 degrees C ambient temperature range
  • ARM Cortex-M0+ core running up to 48 MHz
  • Single-cycle 32-bit x 32-bit multiplier
  • Single-cycle I/O access port
  • Up to 128 KB flash memory
  • Up to 16 KB RAM
  • Up to 256 B EEPROM

Design freedom with comprehensive software support

Kinetis E series MCUs feature comprehensive development support, including the Freescale Freedom development platforms to include FRDM-KE02Z40M, FRDM-KE04Z and FRDM-KE06Z; in addition, Processor Expert software as well as a software development kit providing easy access to sample software libraries. The low-cost Freescale Freedom development platforms make it easy for customers to rapidly evaluate and prototype with Freescale MCUs. Kinetis E series MCUs also benefit from broad ARM ecosystem support including off-the-shelf software, tools and training, as well as partner-developed solutions, such as IAR Embedded Workbench and the Keil MDK-ARM Microcontroller Development Kit. Additional development resources include middleware and software libraries with high performance and optimal power efficiency CoreMark/mA. 

Availability and pricing

The following latest Kinetis E series devices are available now in a variety of pin to pin compatible packages:

  • Kinetis KE02 40 MHz MCUs
  • Kinetis KE04 MCUs
  • Kinetis KE06 MCUs

Suggested resale pricing for these MCU families in 10K unit quantities ranges from 45 cents to $1.78 (USD).

The following Freescale Freedom development platforms are available:

  • FRDM-KE02Z40M Freescale Freedom development platform – $12.95 (USD)
  • FRDM-KE04Z Freescale Freedom development platform – $12.95 (USD)
  • FRDM-KE06Z Freescale Freedom development platform – $12.95 (USD)

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