NXP Revolutionizes Simplicity With LPC800

NXP Revolutionizes Simplicity With LPC800 
LPC800 Microcontroller Delivers Basic Building Block for Every
Embedded Toolbox 
11/13/12 --  In a bold move to make 8-bit architectures obsolete, NXP
Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced the LPC800 -- a 32-bit
microcontroller designed specifically for the 8-bit world. Available
in low-pin-count packages, the LPC800 offers easy-to-use peripherals
addressing 8-bit application requirements while providing the 32-bit
capabilities and exceptional power efficiency of the ARM(R)
Cortex(TM)-M0+ processor. Introducing a new level of flexibility
without adding complexity, the LPC800 includes game-changing features
such as a flexible switch matrix that enables designers to assign
on-chip peripherals to any pin with a single line of code or a single
click in the configuration tool. The LPC800 was unveiled at
electronica 2012 in Munich, Germany, and an overview is available
here: http://youtu.be/jzBDoUbcAp0  
"Over the last several decades, 8-bit MCUs have excelled at simple
tasks, providing reliable, deterministic performance. With the
LPC800, we have designed a 32-bit microcontroller from the ground up
to offer true 8-bit simplicity and real-time performance, along with
unprecedented design flexibility. And with its breakthrough price
point, the LPC800 family is driving to the heart of the low-cost,
high-volume 8-bit world," said Jim Trent, vice president and general
manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. 
8-Bit Simplicity: Scalable, Efficient and Easy to Use
 NXP has
re-designed the LPC800 serial peripherals to be as lean as possible,
making them more responsive and efficient. For example, the new SPI
can operate as a slave at frequencies independent of the processor
clock, solving the common frustration of having to over-sample 4-to-n
times the SPI just to receive data. This decoupling of the SPI and
processor clock speed reduces power and simplifies the system design.
The I2C has also been re-engineered to allow the LPC800 to lie and
wait at near-zero power consumption, even without a system clock, and
wake up upon an address match. 
To match the innovation in hardware, the LPC800 provides simple,
driver-free operations. Low-level drivers for I2C and UART no longer
take up Flash space and only simple API calls are required to operate
these peripherals. Similarly, power management is simplified to a
single API call. The LPC800 uses 64-byte page Flash, simplifying code
management, and can be used to emulate EEPROM for data storage. 
The LPC800 is available in a range of low-pin-count packages,
including SO20, TSSOP20, TSSOP16 and DIP8. Popular with 8-bit
developers, these packages help to streamline prototyping, ease of
assembly, and simplify high-volume, low-cost manufacturing. Further,
the LPC800 TSSOP packages are designed for scalability by mapping
power, ground and analog functions to identical locations so
designers can move from TSSOP16 to TSSOP20 packages with minimal
32-Bit Versatility: Cortex-M0+, the Most Energy-Efficient ARM
 Based on an ultra-low-power 30-MHz ARM Cortex-M0+
processor, the LPC800 is fully compatible with the Cortex-M
architecture and instruction set, and offers superior code density to
8/16-bit architectures. The Cortex-M0+ features a two-stage pipeline
that reduces power consumption while improving performance. In
addition, the LPC800 takes advantage of the Cortex-M0+ peripheral bus
allowing single-cycle access to the GPIOs. These features enable the
LPC800 to offer deterministic, real-time performance -- a key
requirement for 8-bit developers. 
Game-Changing Peripherals: Flexible Switch Matrix and State
Configurable Timer
 The LPC800 includes two innovative features that
provide 8-bit developers with a new level of flexibility and control
via GUI-based configuration tools. The flexible switch matrix enables
designers to assign on-chip peripheral I/O to nearly any pin. By
helping to ease PCB routing congestion, the switch matrix contributes
to lower-cost PCBs. A demo showing how the flexible switch matrix
works is available here: http://youtu.be/illRLotwk5s  
Another important peripheral on the LPC800 is the state configurable
timer (SCT), which can be customized to meet the user's specific
application requirements. The basic SCT configuration is simply two
16-bit PWMs that have 4 capture inputs and 4 match outputs where each
of the match registers are shadowed. The LPC800 can deliver virtually
any timing or PWM function found on popular 8-bit MCUs. To add
flexibility, the SCT in the LPC800 combines the ideas of states and
events, allowing users to create sophisticated counting, output,
input and control functions for lighting, power and other customized
applications -- without the constraints imposed by fixed functions. 
Other LPC800 peripherals include an analog comparator, which is
available with an external voltage reference for accurate
measurement; a 4-channel multi-rate timer; a wake-up timer; and up to
18 GPIOs. The LPC800 is available with up to 16 KB of Flash and up to
4 KB of SRAM, and can be used with a 3.3VDD power supply (1.8V to
Tools, Pricing and Availability
 The LPC800 is the latest member of
NXP's LPC Go family of entry-level low-power microcontrollers,
including the popular LPC1100 series based on the Cortex-M0
processor. LPCXpresso, the full-featured IDE-based software
development tool, supports the complete product design cycle for the
LPC800, further easing the transition to 32-bit architectures. The
LPC800 is also fully supported by the ARM Keil(TM) Microcontroller
Development Kit. Additional support, free tools, and sample code are
available from the extensive LPC developer community. 
Pricing for the LPC810 starts at $0.39 USD. LPC800 evaluation kits
are now available for ordering from Mouser Electronics. Qualification
samples will be available starting in December, with final product
availability starting in February 2013. A preview of the LPCXpresso
development board for the LPC800 is available here:

--  LPC800 product information:
--  VIDEO: LPC800 microcontroller: Overview by NXP:
--  VIDEO: Flexible Switch Matrix in the LPC800:
--  VIDEO: LPCXpresso development board for the LPC800:

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