On Sunday, March 4, 2007
NEC announced its new 78K0/Lx3 series of 8-bit microcontrollers. These MCUs have on-chip LCD controller, make them ideal for compact consumer electronics required with LCD display. The applications of this microcontrollers include health appliances, such as blood glucose meters and blood pressure monitors, and and household appliances such as rice cookers and coffee makers.
Compared to the previous 78K0/Lx2, the 78K0/Lx3 devices cut standby power consumption by about 50%, (2.3 uA). 78K0/Lx3 have on chip 16-bit ADC, offering a 64-fold improvement in resolution. 78K0/Lx3 have eight common signal ports, enables support for up to 288 display segments. These new 8-bit microcontrollers are available in 76 configurations, with 8 KBytes to 60 KBytes of flash memory.
The 78K0/Lx3 microcontrollers use 0.15-micron process technology and SuperFlash technology (licensed from Silicon Storage Technology).
Samples scheduled to be available by this month, March 2007.
Volume production is scheduled to begin in April 2007, pricing from $6 for 1K unit qty.
Source: NEC Electronics
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