NXP Announces Availability of ARM Cortex-M3 USB Microcontrollers

LPC1340 Series MCUs Are Now USB and VDE Certified

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 30, 2009 — NXP Semiconductors today announced availability of the LPC1340 series microcontrollers with full-speed USB 2.0 device connectivity enabled by on-chip USB drivers certified by USB-IF, making them the easiest to use USB MCUs in the industry. The LPC1340 is supported by VDE IEC 60335 Class B test libraries to support customers in the Class B certification process. In addition, NXP will offer an easy-to-use, comprehensive development tool platform for under US $30.

"Having introduced the first Cortex-M0 based LPC1100 MCU series just weeks ago, we are now adding easy-to-use USB connectivity to our pin-compatible Cortex-M3 series,” said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. “In addition we’ve created the industry’s first virtually free fully integrated open-source development tools for the ARM® Cortex™ platform.”

The USB 2.0 device controller is fully certified and supports all 4 transfer types including isochronous transfer which is a key requirement for USB-based audio applications. Double buffering is supported on both isochronous and bulk end-points. The on-chip USB drivers support both the Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Human Interface Device (HID) class. Furthermore, these drivers are incorporated in ROM, saving customers approximately 5-6 K bytes of user code. ROM-based firmware drivers offer the dual advantage of low power operation as well as secure and safe bootloading via USB or other on-chip serial channels. The LPC1340 series is enumerated and recognized by any Windows® or Linux® PC as a mass storage device. Flash programming is enabled by a simple drag-and-drop action.

VDE Class B Certified Libraries

These license- and royalty-free libraries have been approved by the VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V.: German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) testing and certification institute, which is globally recognized as a leader in this field. Now, when a designer uses these libraries, the application will not need to be completely re-evaluated by VDE as part of the final product certification -- saving valuable time for the manufacturer. These free NXP libraries eliminate the need for the designer to develop their own self-test routines, which require in-depth knowledge of the microcontroller architecture and assembler programming skills.

NXP Low-Cost Development Tool Platform

The LPC1340 series is supported by NXP’s low-cost development tool platform, providing customers with an end-to-end solution from initial prototype evaluation to final production. The platform includes an Eclipse™-based IDE using the latest Galileo release, customized GNU tool chain, JTAG/SWD debugger, and a development board offering compatibility with the mbed rapid development tool ecosystem. These development tools specifically focus on ease-of-use and faster product development time and supports all derivatives of Cortex-M0/M3 families and specific devices from the LPC2000 and LPC3000 families.

The LPC1340 series microcontrollers are also supported by industry-leading comprehensive development tools from IAR, Keil, Hitex, Code Red, and many others. For more information about LPC1340, please visit: http://www.standardics.nxp.com/products/lpc1000/lpc13xx/

Pricing and Availability

Parts are available now from NXP distributors worldwide with recommended distribution pricing in 10,000 quantities starting at US $1.49.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power, Digital Processing and manufacturing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, industrial, consumer, lighting, medical, computing and identification applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 29,000 employees working in more than 30 countries and posted sales of USD 5.4 billion in 2008. News from NXP is located at www.nxp.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This release may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of NXP and certain plans and objectives of NXP with respect to these items. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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