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Infineon and Renesas plow forward, TI gets prosaic




Infineon gave us more clarity into where they will invest moving forward while Renesas continues to plow forward on the RX with a new packing option across the portfolio and a new RA group. In the meantime, TI is becoming prosaic, giving us a whiff of the spring to come…

Dialog got acquired by Renesas last year, no change to the portfolio.
Infineon has now completed the integration of the Cypress parts and website.
Here is the summary:
PSoC™ 4 Low power and integration for Industrial and Consumer applications (Cortex-M0/M0+)
This is the workhorse and features a wide array of peripherals including analog sensor integration, capactitive touch, and wireless connectivity, some of which can be software configured through a drag and drop user interface: Capacitive Sensing, Programmable Analog Blocks, Programmable Digital Blocks and Wired and Wireless Connectivity.

PSoC™ 6 Purpose-built for the IoT (Cortex-M4+ + Cortex-M0+)
The PSoC™ 6 family focuses on low power and the highest level of security (as defined by the ARM Platform Security Architecture) with the flexibility to run complex algorithms on the Cortex-M4 while keeping the power consumption low with the Cortex-M0+.

XMC™ 1000/4000 One MCU Platform, Countless solutions
The family is dedicated to applications in the segments of power conversion, factory and building automation, transportation, and home appliances. XMC1000 bring together the Cortex-M0 core and differentiating peripherals in a leading-edge 65 nm manufacturing process. XMC4000 are powered by a Cortex®-M4 with a built-in DSP instruction set.

In the process, the following families have been put on the chopping block (under the legacy category):

  • FM0+ Cortex-M0+, 40 MHz, up to 40kB Flash
  • FM3 Cortex-M3, 144 MHz, up to 1.5MB Flash
  • FM4 Cortex-M4,200 MHz, up to 2MB Flash

The PSoC5 (Cortex-M3, 80MHz, up to 256kB Flash) and PSoC Analog Coprocessor are barely making it under the PSoC family, but not advertised on the main page.

There were about 100 new parts with the PIC32MXx30 taking the lion’s share. They complement an existing portfolio of MIPS4K products running at 120 MHz with 76 kB of Flash.
No change.
No change.
NXP released the i.MXRT1021 series, a Flashless 396 MHz Cortex-M7 with 256 kB of RAM, part of the EdgeVerse™ computing platform that targets low cost edge applications across IoT, industrial and automotive markets. 4 parts span 396 to 500 MHz and 0+95C to -40+105C.
A good portion of the RX portfolio got a new packing (#10 suffix) this month, with around a thousand parts released.
The RA family based on a Cortex-M23 core also got new parts with the creation of the RA2E2 group (27 parts), an entry line single-chip MCU running at 48MHz, with small package options of 20/24QFN and WLCSP16. It targets IoT sensor nodes, portable devices, and industrial control applications.

No change.
Spansion/Cypress now Infineon
Long live Cypress, it will now be reported under Infineon.
ST Microelectronics
ST had a few changes with the addition of a 512 kB Flash variant to its STM32F446Z family, a 180 MHz Cortex-M4 MCU with prices around $5@10k.
Texas Instruments
TI slightly changed its nomenclature this month where the MSP430 is no longer a “low power MCU”, but rather a “microcontroller” and the “MCU” acronym was banned in favor or the more plainful “microcontroller” for the ARM-based and C2000 bunches. :)
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