Freescale Debuts Kinetis L Series, World’s Most Energy-Efficient
New 32-bit MCUs designed to transform consumer and industrial applications
currently using legacy 8- and 16-bit architectures
FTF Americas 2012
SAN ANTONIO -- June 19, 2012
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is now offering alpha samples of its
Kinetis L series, the industry’s first microcontrollers (MCUs) built on the
ARM^®Cortex™-M0+ processor. Kinetis L series devices are on display this week
at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Americas and were demonstrated during
the event’s opening keynote address.
As machine-to-machine communication expands and network connectivity becomes
ubiquitous, many of today’s standalone, entry-level applications will require
more intelligence and functionality. With the Kinetis L series, Freescale
provides the ideal opportunity for users of legacy 8- and 16-bit architectures
to migrate to 32-bit platforms and bring additional intelligence to everyday
devices without increasing power consumption and cost or sacrificing space.
Applications, such as small appliances, gaming accessories, portable medical
systems, audio systems, smart meters, lighting and power control, can now
leverage 32-bit capabilities and the scalability needed to expand future
product lines – all at 8- and 16-bit price and power consumption levels.
“In our view, 8- and 16-bit development has reached the end of the road. Those
architectures simply can’t keep up as the Internet of Things gains traction,”
said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Industrial
& Multi-Market MCU business. “Kinetis L series MCUs are ideal for the new wave
of connected applications, combining the required energy efficiency, low
price, development ease and small footprint with the enhanced performance,
peripherals, enablement and scalability of the Kinetis 32-bit portfolio.”
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Extreme energy efficiency
The ARM Cortex-M0+ processor consumes approximately one-third of the energy of
any 8- or 16-bit processor available today, while delivering between two to 40
times more performance. The Kinetis L series supplements the energy efficiency
of the core with the latest in low-power MCU platform design, operating modes
and energy-saving peripherals. The result is an MCU that consumes just 50
uA/MHz* in very-low-power run (VLPR) mode and can rapidly wake from a reduced
power state, process data and return to sleep, extending application battery
life. These advantages are demonstrated in the FTF demo, which compares the
energy-efficiency characteristics of the Kinetis L series against solutions
from Freescale competitors in a CoreMark benchmark analysis. The Kinetis L
series is also part of the Freescale Energy-Efficient Solutions program.
Kinetis L series energy-saving peripherals do more with less power by
maintaining functionality even when the MCU is in deep sleep modes. In
traditional MCUs, the main clock and processor core must be activated to
perform even trivial tasks such as sending or receiving data, capturing or
generating waveforms or sampling analog signals. Kinetis L series peripherals
are able to perform these functions without involving the core or main system,
drastically reducing power consumption and improving battery life.
Built using Freescale’s innovative, award-winning flash memory technology, the
Kinetis L series offers the industry’s lowest-power flash memory
implementation. This improves upon the conventional silicon-based charge
storage approach by creating nano-scale silicon islands to store charge
instead of using continuous film, improving the flash memory’s immunity to
typical sources of data loss.
"The Internet of Things needs very low-cost, low-power processors that can
deliver good performance," said Tom R. Halfhill, a senior analyst with The
Linley Group and senior editor of Microprocessor Report. "As the first 32-bit
microcontrollers to use ARM's Cortex-M0+ processor core, Freescale's Kinetis
L-series MCUs will bring the energy efficiency and prices typically associated
with 8- and 16-bit MCUs to a broad range of consumer and industrial
The Kinetis L series addresses the ease-of-use requirement critical for
entry-level developers through innovations including:
*The Freescale Freedom development platform, a small, low-power,
cost-efficient evaluation and development system for quick application
prototyping and demonstration. It combines an industry-standard form
factor with a rich set of third-party expansion board options. An
integrated USB debug interface offers an easy-to-use mass-storage device
mode flash programmer, a virtual serial port and classic programming and
*Processor Expert software, a GUI-based, device-aware software generation
tool that eliminates the need to write peripheral start-up code or device
drivers. Helps developers easily migrate from 8- and 16-bit to 32-bit
solutions by simplifying the software architecture and dramatically
reducing application development time.
*The Kinetis MCU Solution Advisor, a web-based application with an
interactive MCU product selector that helps identify the best-suited MCU
by applying dynamic filters based on operating characteristics, packaging
options, memory configuration and peripheral hardware library.
Integration and scalability
Each Kinetis L series family includes scalable flash memory options,
pin-counts and analog, communication, timing and control peripherals,
providing easy migration paths for end product line expansion.
Features common to the Kinetis L series families include:
*48 MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ core
*High-speed 12/16-bit analog-to-digital converters
*12-bit digital-to-analog converters
*High-speed analog comparators
*Low-power touch sensing with wake-up on touch from reduced power states
*Powerful timers for a broad range of applications including motor control
The first three Kinetis L series families:
*Kinetis L0 family – the entry point into the Kinetis L series. Includes
eight to 32 KB of flash memory and ultra-small 4mm x 4mm QFN packages.
Pin-compatible with the Freescale 8-bit S08P family. Software- and
tool-compatible with all other Kinetis L series families.
*Kinetis L1 family – with 32 to 256 KB of flash memory and additional
communications and analog peripheral options. Compatible with the Kinetis
*Kinetis L2 family – adds USB 2.0 full-speed host/device/OTG. Compatible
with the Kinetis K20 family.
The Kinetis L series is pin- and software-compatible with the Kinetis K series
(built on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor), providing a migration path to DSP
performance and advanced feature integration.
Availability and pricing
Kinetis L series alpha samples are available now, with broad market sample and
tool availability planned for Q3. Pricing starts at a suggested resale price
of 49 cents (USD) in 10,000-unit quantities. The Freescale Freedom development
platform is planned for Q3 availability at a suggested resale price of $12.95
For more information about Kinetis L series MCUs, visit
*Typical current at 25C, 3V supply, for Very Low Power Run at 4MHz core
frequency, 1MHz bus frequency running code from flash with all peripherals
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