Tiny Kinetis KL02 Microcontrollers from Freescale Now Broadly Available

  Tiny Kinetis KL02 Microcontrollers from Freescale Now Broadly Available

Latest additions to world’s most energy-efficient MCU series bring ‘brains’ to
a wide variety of applications, fueling the Internet of Things


Business Wire

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- June 3, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is now shipping its Kinetis KL02 family of
32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), offering a new level of processing performance
and energy efficiency for a range of applications and helping expand the
Internet of Things (IoT). The tiny KL02 devices have a small appetite for
power – six times more efficient than a leading competitor – making them ideal
for ultra-small-form-factor and battery-powered products.

Applications may include portable consumer devices, sensing nodes, wearable
devices and even ingestible healthcare sensing. As more of these products add
intelligence and become part of the IoT ecosystem, designers need to maintain
a small footprint, in terms of size and power consumption, while also
delivering a level of connectivity users have come to expect from more
traditional connected devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

“As the Internet of Things gains traction, the market is hungry for MCUs at a
variety of sizes and price points that offer more processing horsepower
without increased power consumption,” said Geoff Lees, vice president and
general manager of Freescale’s MCU business. “With its incredibly efficient 36
uA/MHz low power RUN mode, the new KL02 family of MCUs is designed to meet
those needs. By incorporating a tiny, energy-efficient, affordable Kinetis
32-bit ‘brain,’ devices that have typically been standalone and ‘dumb’ are
ripe for connection to the rapidly expanding IoT.”

This announcement builds on the momentum Freescale has achieved with the
Kinetis L series since its introduction in early 2012. The company currently
has 66 Kinetis L series devices in its portfolio and expects nearly double
that number this year. This expansion will provide application designers the
industry’s largest MCU portfolio based on the ARM^® Cortex™-M0+ processor,
offering more than 110 ARM Powered^® MCU choices with the most package options
and greatest scalability.

The new KL02 family is the most energy-efficient offering within the Kinetis L
series – the world’s most energy-efficient MCUs. Kinetis L series MCUs are
powered by a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, for which Freescale was a lead
partner in definition and development. The Kinetis KL02 MCU family builds upon
the energy efficiency of the Cortex-M0+ core and reduces the power consumption
of the Kinetis L series to an even lower entry point.

The ultra-efficient KL02 family delivers 15.9 CM/mA* and, like the other
Kinetis MCUs, 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 wakeup. 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.

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Kinetis KL02 family features

  *36 uA/MHz device current in low power RUN mode
  *Low-power boot mode that reduces power spikes during boot sequence or
    deep-sleep wakeup
  *Ultra-efficient 15.9 CM/mA performance
  *48 MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ core, 1.71-3.6V operation
  *Bit manipulation engine for faster, more code-efficient bit-oriented math
  *32 KB flash memory, 4 KB RAM
  *High-speed 12-bit analog-to-digital converter
  *High-speed analog comparator
  *Low-power UART, SPI, 2x I^2C
  *Powerful timers for a broad range of applications, including motor control
  *-40 °C to +105 °C operation (CSP is -40°C to +85 °C operation)

World-class enablement

The Kinetis KL02 family addresses the low price point and ease-of-use
requirements critical for entry-level designs that are frequently a barrier to
developers considering 32-bit solutions.

The Kinetis KL02 family is supported by the FRDM-KL02Z Freescale Freedom
development platform and Processor Expert software including an MQX™ Lite RTOS
component, along with third-party development resources from the extensive ARM

The Freescale Freedom hardware provides easy access to the MCU I/O pins in an
industry-standard form factor with a rich set of third-party expansion board
options. An integrated open-standard serial and debug interface, OpenSDA,
offers an easy-to-use mass-storage device mode flash programmer, a virtual
serial port and classic programming and run-control capabilities.

Availability and pricing

The Kinetis MKL02Z32VFM4 MCU (48 MHz, 32 KB) and MKL02Z16VFM4 (48 MHz, 16 KB)
devices are available now at a suggested resale price of 75 cents (USD) in
100,000-unit quantities. In addition, 24-pin and 16-pin QFN packages are
planned for Q3 availability. The smallest KL02 device, the MKL02Z32CAF4R
chip-scale package (CSP) MCU, which was announced in February to rave reviews,
is planned for availability in July. During the coming months, Freescale plans
to further expand the Kinetis L series with additional flash memory and
peripheral options.

Coming soon: webinar opportunity

Freescale will host a live webinar titled “Achieving Energy Efficiency in the
Internet of Things Era” on June 11. The session will explore several
energy-efficient embedded processor design techniques and highlight the
difference between low-power andenergy-efficient products.For more
information or to register, visit the registration page.

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systems-focused processing and connectivity, from the embedded intelligence of
the end nodes through the network to the cloud. Freescale Connected
Intelligence combines hardware, software and services, along with key
partnerships and expertise, to simplify design of intelligent systems and
accelerate your innovation for the Internet of Things.

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and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity,
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medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is
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*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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