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CSP for the IoT world of Cortex-M everywhere!
"Measuring just 1.9 x 2.0 mm, the Kinetis KL02 MCU is 25 percent smaller than the industry’s next-smallest ARM® MCU. Within this miniscule device, Freescale has included the latest 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M0+ processor, cutting-edge low-power functionality and a range of analog and communication peripherals. This enables system designers to dramatically reduce the size of their boards and products while retaining the all-important performance, feature integration and power consumption characteristics of their end devices. In addition, space-constrained applications that previously couldn’t incorporate an MCU now can be upgraded to become smart applications, adding a new tier of devices to the IoT ecosystem."
Kinetis KL02 MCU features include:
"Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is sampling the industry's first microcontroller to use ARM's ultra-low-power Cortex-M0+ processor, which aims to convert 8- and 16-bit applications to 32-bit status by offering one-third the energy consumption of 8-bit processors while delivering twice the performance of a 16-bit processor."
"Designed for machine-to-machine "Internet of things" applications, the Kinetis L series now offers power consumption as low as 50 microAmps per megahertz, enabling even very small batteries to last for months or years when combined with intelligent power management functions."
"The Kinetis KW20 Wireless MCU integrates a class-leading RF transceiver, Cortex™-M4 and a robust feature set for reliable, secure, and low-power IEEE® 802.15.4 wireless solutions.
These wireless MCUs offer up to 512 KB of flash, 64 KB of RAM and up to 64 KB of FlexMemory. Dual PAN support allows the system to simultaneously participate in two ZigBee® networks, eliminating the need for multiple radios..'
"I have a good friend who is obsessed with putting things dead center in the middle of photographs. The idea that an asymmetric shift can enhance the artistic impact is lost on his engineering soul.
The world is not symmetrical; neither are the engineering problems we face.
Here's an example. You have a health monitoring/control application that use a graphics intensive user interface (UI) to manage various operations, along with Internet connectivity to send vital readings to the night desk or a doctor across the country. At the same time, the application software drives a medication delivery system attached to a patient. Here's the problem: The application's medication delivery functions cannot be held up while its GUI windowing system displays a modal dialog.
Modern industrial, consumer, medical, and appliance software often falls into this world where non-real-time and real-time processes collide. This duality places serious asymmetrical demands on the application's time and resources. It needs a microprocessor unit (MPU) for the UI and connectivity. At the same time, it needs a microcontroller unit (MCU) with real-time control."
"The first-pass Kinetis L microcontroller silicon is installed in a board in the Freescale Kinetis Tower system. There are two towers with identical Kinetis L microcontrollers but running slightly different code to demonstrate the superiority of one new ARM Cortex-M0+ feature: single-cycle fast I/O. This feature specifically targets designers using 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers who still want to bang bits (and anyone else who wants low-latency I/O). You can't really bang bits through a buffered bus controller and the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor core achieves 33% to 100% faster I/O than through other sorts of bus schemes for earlier ARM Cortex-M cores. That's one of the take-aways I got from Eduardo Montañez, a Freescale Systems Engineer who gave me the demo."
New platform spans solutions from single core to dual heterogeneous core with GPU.
"The devices in the Vybrid family span the entry-level product for customers who want to upgrade from the Kinetis MCU to an MPU with large on-chip SRAM to a highly integrated, heterogeneous dual-core MPU ideal for industrial markets. Each device in the Vybrid family offers a rich suite of reference designs, app notes, Board Support Packages (BSP) and middleware."