Semiconductor Products Insight

Semiconductor Products Insight

Extended Christmas from Atmel




During the heat of CES, Atmel offered us a nice post Christmas gift this month with the broadest Cortex-M7 portfolio of the market!
This definitely gives ST some heat, but let’s see how ST will roll out their M7 portfolio too. And, let’s not forget about Freescale’s M7 license that will definitely come under the light very soon.
2015 promises to be full of new MCU families based on our industry contacts.

We cannot wait to see them!

Here they are, the freshly baked Cortex-M7 are now officially named SAM E7x, S7x and V7x. With 67 part numbers this is easily the largest Cortex-M7 product portfolio, ST being a second distant – for now.
At 300MHz and up to 384kB of RAM the new devices target the high-end MCU range and start encroaching on the application processor market – connectivity and general purpose industrial applications – while the auto-grade SAM V70 and SAM V71 focus on in-vehicle infotainment, audio amplifiers, telematics and head unit control. All devices come with HS USB OTG and HS USB PHY and 512kB, 1MB or 2MB of Flash.
The S70 embeds 16kB of I/D cache, up to 8 UARTs, I2S, SD/MMC interface, a CMOS camera interface, system control and analog interfaces.
In addition to the S70 features, the E70 include a 10/100 Eth MAC and 2x Bosch CAN-FD.
The automotive-qualified V70/V71 offers Eth AVB support, HS USB with PHY and Media LB, CAN 2.0 and CAN flexible data rate controller.
Software development tools are available on Atmel Studio, the ARM MDK and IAR EWARM. OS support include Keil® RTX, Segger embOS, FreeRTOS and Express Logic Thread-X. ATSAMV71-XULT Xplained evaluation kit supports the four series. Additionally, the automotive series will come with complete AUTOSAR support and Ethernet-AVB stack.
SAM E70, SAM S70, SAM V70 and SAM V71 are sampling now.
Pricing for the SAMS70 starts at $4.80@10k. Xplained board is USD $125.

With that, Atmel added new SAMG54/G55 sub families to target the IoT market for battery-operated devices and wearables. The devices include a Cortex-M4, integrated sensor fusion algorithms, down to 2.84 x 2.84mm package, high-performance frequency of up to 120MHz, ultra-low power down to 102µA/MHz in active mode, and down to 5µs wake-up.

On the price front, the portfolio experienced no change.

It was quiet at freescale this month with no product activity.

Nothing happened for FSL prices this month.

Beyond the announcement of the LPC54100 family 2 months ago, it’s been quiet on the product front at NXP.
Here is a run down of the main LPC54100 features:

  • Dual-core M4+M0+ (54101) or Single core M4 (54102) 100 MHz
  • 512/256 kB Flash
  • 3 uA power down with RAM retention
  • Cortex-M0+ (55 uA/MHz)
  • Cortex-M4F (100 uA/MHz)
  • ADC 12 chan, 12 bits
  • -40 to +105C
  • 1.62 to 3.6 V
  • WLCSP49 (3.28 x 3.28 mm), LQFP64 (10 x 10 mm)

Pricewise, there was no change.

Renesas released 49 parts in the top of the line RX64 family (63 parts originally).

On the RL78 front, 6 products were released in the RL78/G10 family.

Renesas experienced very limited price changes.

We are getting desperate about SiLabs Cortex portfolio…
No price change either.
ST Microelectronics
11 products became public this month across the board. They were mostly higher temperature or R (Reel) versions of existing products, except for the STM32F051C4U6.

ST prices were stable.

Texas Instruments
TI was quiet this month with no move on Tiva and a few XMS430FR413 that were removed.
There were some significant price changes (~-30%) for the MSP430FR572x/3x (FRAM), 77 parts were affected.
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