Freescale introduces high-performance Kinetis K series microcontrollers in smaller packages

AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 14, 2012– Freescale  Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is expanding its Kinetis K series 32-bit microcontroller  line (built on the ARM® Cortex™-M4 processor) with wafer-level chip-scale  package (WLCSP) options. Thesenew Kinetis devices are designed to maximize  board space and enhance performance with minimum-length interconnections,  allowing the miniaturization of applications. The MCUs are ideal for industrial, consumer and medical applications  with critical space constraints. 


WLCSP refers to the  technology of packaging an integrated circuit at the wafer level, rather than  the traditional process of assembling individual units in packages after dicing  them from the wafer.  WLCSP is a true  chip-scale packaging (CSP) technology since the resulting package is the same  size as the die. The key advantages of a WLCSP are minimized die to PCB  inductance, reduced package size and enhanced thermal conduction  characteristics.


The  new Kinetis K20 and K60 100 MHz MCUs contain 512 KB of flash memory in a 120  WLCSP 5x5 mm package with a 0.4 mm pitch.  These devices feature the processing efficiency  of the Cortex-M4 core with the flexible low-power operation,  high-precision analog, Ethernet, CAN
and, USB  connectivity and rich user interface peripherals, such as the low-power  hardware, touch sensor interface, cryptography and  integrity modules, and secure digital host controller. 


Kinetis K series microcontrollers are included in the Freescale Energy Efficient Solutions  program,
which highlights selected  products that excel in effective implementation of energy-efficient  technologies and/or help deliver market-leading performance in the application  spaces they are designed to address.


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Tools  and software

  The families  in the Kinetis K series are fully - supported by a broad selection of  easy-to-use 32-bit tools, including an enablement package consisting of  Freescale´s MQX RTOS and software solutions, CodeWarrior tool suite for  Microcontrollers featuring Processor Expert software,
and a complimentary USB  stack, as well as a range of third-party support.


Availability  and pricing

  Prototype  quantities of 100 MHz Kinetis K60 120-pin WLCSP devices are available now  through Freescale and its distribution partners.  Broad market availability is planned for late  Q3, with suggested resale pricing starting at $ 6.96 USD in 10,000-unit  quantities.  For more
information, visit www.freescale.com/kinetis.