Freescale Introduces Kinetis KL02, World’s Smallest ARM Powered® Microcontroller

  Freescale Introduces Kinetis KL02, World’s Smallest ARM Powered®

1.9 x 2.0 mm MCU enables new wave of product miniaturization for the Internet
of Things

embedded world 2013

Business Wire

NUREMBERG, Germany -- February 26, 2013

As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands to include greater numbers of small,
intelligent, battery-operated devices, the MCUs that enable these devices must
deliver performance, energy efficiency and connectivity in progressively
smaller footprints. Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is addressing the
miniaturization trend with its new Kinetis KL02 MCU–the world’s smallest ARM
Powered^® MCU. The KL02 holds great potential for ultra-small-form-factor
products in applications such as portable consumer devices, remote sensing
nodes, wearable devices and ingestible healthcare sensing.

Freescale Semiconductor announced the new Kinetis KL02 MCU - the world's
smallest ARM Powered(R) MCU ...

Freescale Semiconductor announced the new Kinetis KL02 MCU - the world's
smallest ARM Powered(R) MCU. (Photo: Business Wire)

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.

“Freescale has been a pioneer in many aspects of the ARM Powered MCU market
with our Kinetis portfolio,” said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and
general manager of Freescale’s Microcontroller business. “We were the first to
market with MCUs based on the ARM Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ processors, we set
new standards for entry-level MCU energy efficiency, and we’ve now created the
world’s smallest ARM Powered MCU, helping advance the Internet of Things era.”

“The Internet of Things will soon be a vast and diverse ecosystem of smart
connected devices and screens that embed intelligence into many new areas of
our lives. This could range from tiny sensors helping to monitor crops and
deliver irrigation, to microcontrollers that enable entire buildings to be
more energy efficient. Our mobile devices could be soon controlling and
managing this data and making our lives easier to manage," said Richard York,
director, Embedded Processor Products, ARM. “The Kinetis KL02 CSP MCU brings
the best ARM and Freescale technologies to applications at the very edge of
the IoT and opens up exciting possibilities for a new tier of ultra-small,
smart, power-efficient devices.”

Advanced chip-scale packaging

The Kinetis KL02 is a wafer-level chip-scale package (CSP) MCU. Freescale’s
CSP MCUs use the latest in package manufacturing technology to connect the die
directly to the solder ball interconnects and, in turn, to the printed circuit
board (PCB). This removes the need for bond wires or interposer connections,
which minimizes die-to-PCB inductance and improves thermal conduction and
package durability for physically harsh environments. The KL02 device is the
third CSP MCU in the Kinetis portfolio, joining the larger 120/143-pin Kinetis
K series K60/K61 variants. Additional Kinetis CSP MCUs with increased
performance, memory and feature options are planned throughout 2013.

Energy efficiency and feature integration

Building upon the energy efficiency of the Cortex-M0+ core, the Kinetis KL02
MCU reduces the power consumption threshold of the Kinetis L series to an even
lower entry point and is ideal for the demanding power profiles of
miniaturized, IoT-linked systems. The ultra efficient KL02 delivers 15.9
CM/mA* and, like the other Kinetis MCUs, it includes autonomous, power-smart
peripherals (in this case, an ADC, UART and timer), 10 flexible power modes
and wide clock and power gating to minimize power loss. A low-power boot mode
reduces power spikes during the boot sequence or deep sleep wake-up. This is
useful for systems in which battery chemistry limits the allowable peak
current, such as those employing lithium-ion batteries frequently used in
portable devices.

Kinetis KL02 MCU features include:

  *48 MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ core, 1.71-3.6V operation
  *Bit manipulation engine for faster, more code-efficient handling of
    peripheral registers
  *32 KB flash memory, 4 KB RAM
  *High-speed 12-bit analog-to-digital converter
  *High-speed analog comparator
  *Low-power UART, SPI, 2x IICI2C
  *Powerful timers for a broad range of applications including motor control
  *-40 °C to +85 °C operation

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Demo at Embedded World

Freescale will demonstrate the energy efficiency of the L-series
microcontrollers and have samples of the Kinetis KL02 CSP at Embedded World in
Nuremberg, Germany, Feb. 26-28, 2013 in Hall 4A, Booth 206.

Availability and enablement

The Kinetis KL02 CSP MCU is expected to begin sampling to lead customers in
March 2013. Broad market availability of production-qualified samples is
planned for July 2013 from Freescale and its distribution partners. Suggested
resale pricing is 75 cents (USD) in 100,000-unit quantities.

The new FRDM-KL02 Freescale Freedom development platform and accompanying
Freescale and third-party enablement support will also be available in July.
Customers can start development with the FRDM-KL05Z Freescale Freedom
development platform in late March. This contains the superset Kinetis KL05
MCU and provides access to the core, key peripherals and Freescale and
third-party enablement.

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About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.  From MPUs and MCUs
to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity, our technologies are
the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer,
healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets
include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next-generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices,
consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin,
Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales
operations around the world.

*CoreMark 1.0 : 108.69/IAR for ARM V6.50 --debug --endian=little
--cpu=Cortex-M0 -e --fpu=None -Ohs --use_c++_inline/Code in internal FLASH,
Data in internal RAM, Stack/ Processor operating frequency = 48MHz, operating
voltage 3.0V

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