Energy Micro adds 12 devices to its Cortex-M3 MCUs for energy friendly apps

by Toni McConnel , TechOnline India - July 14, 2011

Energy Micro has launched the EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines for the smart metering market, in addition to energy sensitive applications like building automation, security systems, and portable health and fitness equipment.

Energy Micro has launched the EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines

in a QFP64 package. The new 64-pin devices are targeted for the growing smart metering market, in addition to energy sensitive applications like building automation, security systems, and portable health and fitness equipment.

The introduction of the larger I/O count package adds 12 new product variants to the company's ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller portfolio. The EFM32G232, EFM32G842, EFM32TG232, and EFM32TG842 are available in various configurations of Flash memory ranging from 8 to 128 KB and RAM

from 2 to 16 KB, and offer the same energy-saving Gecko technology as other package options in the EFM32 MCU range. In application benchmark tests, this low current performance combined with a wake-up time of 2µs has enabled the EFM32 microcontrollers to extend battery cell life by a factor of at least four.

The EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko microcontrollers are designed to significantly reduce current consumption, in active mode typically operating at 160µA per MHz executing code from Flash, 900nA in deep sleep mode, and 20nA in shut off mode. The EFM32 Tiny Gecko family now also features the LESENSE low energy sensor interface, which enables autonomous monitoring of up to 16 external sensors in the microcontroller's sub microamp Deep Sleep mode.

EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko microcontrollers in QFP64 are available now.

Pricing starts at $1.49 each in 100k quantities. Technical data is available via Simplicity Studio, Energy Micro's new online software console, at http://www.energymicro.com/software/simplicity-studio

For further information visit www.energymicro.com.

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