World's first ARM Cortex-M4 processor--the fastest, lowest power in existence--will supercharge mobile devices while simultaneously lengthening their battery life. Look for ultra-speedy, ultra-long-battery life using the Freescale's new Kinetis family of ARM microncontrollers before Christmas. R.C.J.
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. Tuesday (June 22) introduced a new ARM-based microcontroller family, Kinetis, expanding its push into consumer and industrial markets with a 32-bit reduced instruction set computer architecture licensed from ARM Holdings plc.
Freescale (Austin, Texas) already has 32-bit microcontrollers using the Power instruction set architecture (ISA) developed with IBM, plus its own low-cost ColdFire+ microcontrollers. The new microcontroller line is intended to serve original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) standardizing on ARM cores across their applications.
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