Freescale® Semiconductor partners with IAR Systems to reach new performance high

  Freescale® Semiconductor partners with IAR Systems to reach new performance

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UPPSALA, Sweden -- January 29, 2013

Benchmarks for Freescale’s Kinetis® K70 microcontrollers demonstrate unmatched
scores for code speed using development tools from IAR Systems

IAR Systems® today announced that its development tool suite IAR Embedded
Workbench® has helped partner Freescale Semiconductor achieve unmatched
performance scores for its Kinetis K70 microcontroller (MCU) series. The
scores were measured on the industry-standard CoreMark® benchmark, where the
Kinetis K70 MCU together with IAR Embedded Workbench attained a score of 3.40

“The powerful optimizations provided by IAR Embedded Workbench deliver
outstanding performance for a Kinetis microcontroller,” says Geoff Lees,
senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s MCU business group.
“Our Kinetis K70 series is designed for scalable performance, integration,
connectivity, communications, HMI and security, and features exceptional
integration along with powerful signal conversion, conditioning and control.
The latest version of IAR Embedded Workbench increases code efficiency and
delivers more energy-efficient, higher performing embedded applications.”

Freescale’s Kinetis K microcontroller series is based on the ARM® Cortex™-M4
core. The series is built from 90 nm thin-film storage (TFS) flash technology
and offers low power consumption combined with high performance and mixed
signal analog integration. The Kinetis K70 MCU family features an integrated
graphic LCD controller and a single-precision floating-point unit.

The top-ranking benchmark scores were accomplished using the latest version of
IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, version 6.50. IAR Embedded Workbench is a
complete C/C++ development tool suite with support for all ARM cores. It
features the powerful IAR C/C++ Compiler™ with multiple levels of high
performance optimizations, as well as the comprehensive C-SPY® Debugger.

· Read more about IAR Systems’ tools for Freescale Kinetis microcontrollers at

· Download evaluation versions of IAR Embedded Workbench from

About CoreMark

CoreMark was developed by the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium
EEMBC®, a non-profit industry association for embedded microprocessor
benchmarks. CoreMark is a simple, yet sophisticated, benchmark that is
designed specifically to test the functionality of a processor core. Running
CoreMark produces a single-number score allowing users to make quick
comparisons between processors. Scores are published at

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About IAR Systems

IAR Systems is the world’s leading supplier of software tools for developing
embedded systems applications. The software enables over 14,000 large and
small companies to develop premium products based on 8-, 16-, and 32-bit
microcontrollers, mainly in the areas of industrial automation, medical
devices, consumer electronics, telecommunication and automotive products. IAR
Systems has an extensive network of partners and cooperates with the world’s
leading semiconductor vendors. IAR Systems Group AB is listed on NASDAQ OMX
Stockholm. For more information, please visit

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