NXP’s New Dual-Core Cortex-M4 and M0 MCU Redefines Digital Signal Control

LPC4000 family’s unique configurable peripheral subsystem allows developers to tailor MCU and DSP solutions

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) today announced the LPC4000 family, the world’s first asymmetrical dual-core digital signal controller architecture featuring ARM® Cortex™-M4 and Cortex-M0 processors. The LPC4000 brings the advantage of developing DSP and MCU applications within a single architecture and development environment. With this dual-core architecture and a set of unique configurable peripherals, the LPC4000 enables customers to develop a wide range of applications such as motor control, power management, industrial automation, robotics, medical, automotive accessories and embedded audio. 

“The LPC4000 is not just another Cortex-M4. We’re introducing multi-core processing to microcontroller and DSP applications,” said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager, microcontroller product line, NXP Semiconductors. “Equally important are the configurable peripherals that enable LPC4000 users to reduce the need for external ASIC functionality.”

 Microcontroller designers who want more efficient ways to tackle math-intensive algorithms and DSP designers who feel constrained on peripherals stand to benefit from the unique architecture of the LPC4000 family. The LPC4000 is also an excellent fit for designers who want to upgrade from an existing DSC processor.

 The NXP LPC4000 family features the following components:

 NXP Semiconductors, one of the first ARM partners to license the latest Cortex-M4 processor, is the only semiconductor vendor offering the full range of ARM Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 microcontroller families. The LPC4000 is the only Cortex-M4-based controller to have a pin-compatible Cortex-M3-based equivalent, allowing developers the flexibility of designing a system for a microcontroller (M3) or a DSC (M4) in the same footprint. Additional information on NXP’s comprehensive portfolio of microcontrollers is available at: www.nxp.com/microcontrollers