On Tuesday (June 19, 2012) at Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Americas, an impressive energy-efficiency killer demo was presented during the opening keynote. Showcased were the first MCUs built on the ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processors: The brand new Freescale Kinetis L series MCUs.
Kinetis L series MCUs enable engineers of Legacy 8-bit and 16-bit architectures to migrate to 32-bit platforms without increasing power consumption, raising cost, or sacrificing space. The ARM Cortex-M0+ processor delivers 2—40 times more performance by consuming 1/3 of the energy of any 8-bit or 16-bit processor available today.
In traditional MCUs, the main clock and processor core must be activated to perform even trivial tasks (sending or receiving data, capturing or generating waveforms, or sampling analog signals). Kinetis L series MCUs improve battery life by performing these functions without involving the core or main system; A super cool feature!
Applications, like small appliances, gaming accessories, portable medical systems, audio systems, smart meters, lighting, or power control, can now leverage 32-bit capabilities and the scalability needed to expand future product lines—all at 8-bit and 16-bit reduced power consumption levels and price.
Development with Kinetis L series MCUs is made simple with the Kinetis KL25Z Freedom Board: a small, low-power, cost-efficient evaluation and development system. Combining an industry-standard form factor with a rich set of third-party expansion board options, the Freedom Platform is perfect for quick application prototyping and demonstration.
The Kinetis L series MCUs are ideal for the new wave of connected applications, combining the required energy efficiency, low price, development ease, and small footprint with the enhanced performance, peripherals, enablement, and scalability of the Kinetis 32-bit portfolio.
If the Kinetis L Series are not Energy-Efficient MCUs for you… then we really don’t know which ones could be.