Fujitsu to Begin Sample Shipments of the FM4 Family of 32-bit Mi

Fujitsu to Begin Sample Shipments of the FM4 Family of 32-bit Microcontrollers
in July with Initial Release of 84 Products 
Designed to support industrial equipment and other high-end applications,
through four times the performance of the previous products and reduced power
Yokohama, June 7, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited today
announced the release of the first line of products in its FM4 Family of 32-bit
RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M4 processor core. In
total, Fujitsu Semiconductor is releasing 84 products in the
MB9B560R/460R/360R/160R Series, and sample quantities will be made available
starting at the end of July 2013. 
Building on its existing FM3 Family, the FM4 Family offers products with even
greater computational performance and enhanced peripheral functionality. The
new lineup delivers the same quality and ease of use as the FM3 family to
application areas not covered by previous products. These areas require
advanced, high-speed computing performance, such as general-purpose inverters,
servomotors, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and other industrial
equipment, as well as inverter-based home appliances. 
Since launching the FM3 Family in 2010, Fujitsu Semiconductor has sought to
offer a microcontroller lineup that is easy to select, easy to employ, and
reliable. The company has already brought over 570 products to market,
delivering solutions tailored to a wide range of applications. The FM4 Family,
which is intended for areas requiring even greater performance and
functionality, represents the latest addition to this lineup. 
Product Overview 
The digital signal processor (DSP) and floating-point unit (FPU) that come
standard in the Cortex-M4 core provide the new microcontrollers with the power
needed to handle advanced, complicated computations. In addition, the
algorithms for operating internal flash memory have been redesigned for greater
speed and lower power consumption. Compared to the existing FM3 Family's
High Performance Group, the new products offer at least four times the
processing power while reducing the per-frequency power consumption by half. 
Improvements and upgrades have also been made to peripheral functions. To
enable fine motor control, timer functions have been upgraded, and the A/D
converter and other analog circuits have undergone across-the-board revisions.
In terms of communications functionality, the communications IP has been
improved for high-speed serial data communications, and DSTC (Descriptor System
data Transfer Controller) functionality has been added to reduce CPU workload.
In terms of external memory connectivity, the FM4 Family continues to support
SRAM, NOR flash and NAND flash, in addition to providing added support for
SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic RAM) and a newly included SD card controller. 
In addition to the aforementioned features, the new lineup continues to
leverage the rich selection of time-tested functions found in the FM3 Family,
such as compatibility with both 3V and 5V power supplies and work memory that
eliminates the need for external EEPROMs. In maintaining the same ease of use
as previous generations, the FM4 Family provides support for even more advanced
Given the different combinations of flash memory capacity and pin counts, the
new lineup includes a total of 84 product variations from four series. Going
forward, Fujitsu Semiconductor plans to expand the lineup with the addition of
products featuring higher-capacity flash memory, Ethernet MAC for factory
automation networking devices, and I2S and HDMI-CEC for audio equipment. 
Moreover, Fujitsu Semiconductor also plans to release the FM0+ family of
microcontrollers for low-cost, ultra-low-power applications. By equipping the
FM4 Family, FM3 Family, and FM0+ Family with the latest Cortex-M series cores
across the board, not only will it allow users to select the optimal products
for an even wider range of applications than before, users will also be able to
smoothly transition between device types thanks to the seamless scalability
delivered by compatibility among each core's instruction sets. 
Fujitsu Semiconductor plans to exhibit the new products at Embedded Technology
West 2013, to be held beginning June 13, 2013 at INTEX Osaka. 
Product Features 
1.Improved flash memory functionality 
wider bus for internal flash memory allows for read access with no CPU wait
states, thereby delivering both faster processing performance and lower power
consumption. The lineup maintains the same quality standards as previous
generations, with 100,000 rewrite cycles or 20 year data retention guaranteed. 
2.Reduced power consumption on standby 
Because the calendar circuit and 32-kHz generator circuit are on their own
independent power supplies, the current required when running the real time
clock (RTC) can be held to roughly 1.5 microA. This allows devices in the
family to be used as power supply controllers as well. 
3.Precise, full-featured analog circuitry 
The analog circuitry has been redesigned from the ground up. The accuracy of
internal oscillators has been held to +/- 2% thanks to a trimming function; the
D/A converter can convert with 12-bit resolution; and the A/D converter
features twice the conversion speed as before. 
4.Enhanced timer functions 
The timer for three-phase motors, known as a multifunction timer, features a
number of enhanced timer functions, including support for asymmetric
pulse-width modulation (PWM) waveform output and multiple A/D start triggers.
At the same time, the minimum resolution is improved to 6.25ns. 
Together with the improvements to the A/D converter, these enhanced timer
functions enable even more precise motor control while helping to improve the
energy efficiency of motorized devices such as industrial equipment and
household appliances. 
5.Enhanced communications functions 
To accelerate SPI communications, support has been added for data transfers at
up to 20 MHz. Moreover, variable data lengths have now been expanded from the
previous maximum of 9 bits to 16 bits. 
A DSTC circuit has been added to enable high-speed data transfers that bypass
the CPU. This circuit uses a descriptor method in which, by following
descriptor commands previously constructed in memory, it can directly access
memory and peripheral devices to transfer data. Through sequential operations,
it is possible to reduce the size of software (ROM capacity) and reduce power
consumption when the system is running. 
6. Expanded external interfaces 
In terms of external memory connectivity, the FM4 Family continues to support
SRAM, NOR flash and NAND flash, in addition to providing added support for
SDRAM. It also supports SDIO interfaces, such as SD cards. 
7. Offers the same rich resources as the FM3 Family 
As with the FM3 Family, the new lineup supports both 3V and 5V power supplies.
The work memory (32 KB) included in some FM3 Family products is also embedded
as a standard device. It can be used to back up system parameters or data logs,
and through the use of an EEPROM emulation library, it can eliminate the need
for external EEPROMs. 
About Fujitsu Semiconductor 
Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors,
providing highly reliable, optimal solutions and support to meet the varying
needs of its customers. Products and services include microcontrollers, ASICs,
ASSPs, and power management ICs, with wide-ranging expertise focusing on
mobile, ecological, automotive, imaging, security, and high-performance
applications. Fujitsu Semiconductor also drives power efficiency and
environmental initiatives. Headquartered in Yokohama, Fujitsu Semiconductor
Limited (formerly named Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited) was established as a
subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited on March 21, 2008. Through its global sales and
development network, with sites in Japan and throughout Asia, Europe, and the
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