Freescale ColdFire® portfolio additions build bridge to higher performance

Freescale MCF5207 MCF5208 MCF5211 MCF5212 MCF5213

Entry-level 32-bit MCF520x and MCF521x embedded controllers simplify migration for cost-sensitive applications

Freescale Semiconductor is enhancing its 32-bit leadership with the introduction of two ColdFire® device families. The MCF520x and MCF521x families ease the migration to 32-bit performance for applications that require low power consumption and flexible integration at an affordable price point.

Designed for a wide variety of control applications, including factory automation, lighting control, security and retail point-of-sale scanners, the MCF520x and MCF521x devices address the need for high-performance, cost-effective, low-power embedded connectivity.

Low-power devices deliver high performance
With a typical current draw of less than 1mA/MHz, the MCF520x and MCF521x families specifically address the need for high-performance, low-power embedded connectivity in industrial control applications.

The families are the first ColdFire products to offer integrated distributed clocking and low-power divider functionality to scale the central processing unit (CPU) below 1MHz without going into shutdown mode. Freescale has also minimized leakage and focused on packaging enhancements to optimize power consumption without sacrificing performance.

For embedded connectivity applications in which performance is the driving factor, the MCF520x microprocessor (MPU) family delivers as much as 159 million instructions per second (MIPS) at suggested resale pricing less than $5 (USD). The MCF520x family offers an enhanced multiply-accumulate (eMAC) module and instruction/data cache with an optional Ethernet controller. The devices feature a flexible memory controller, flash, static random access memory (SRAM) and a choice of single data rate (SDR) or double data rate (DDR) synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) memory.

The MCF521x MCU family is ideal for control applications that require a high level of integration and in which space, system costs and power consumption are at a premium. These devices offer up to 256KB of integrated flash memory, a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a MAC module for digital signal processing (DSP) functionality and an optional controller area network (CAN) module.

Both families are code-compatible with the Freescale ColdFire product portfolio and use the high-performance V2 ColdFire core with on-chip memory, direct memory access (DMA) controller, general purpose I/Os and connectivity peripherals - including universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UARTs), inter-IC bus (I2C) interface and queued serial peripheral interface (QSPI).

Comprehensive development support
Freescale is committed to helping customers introduce products to market easier and faster through direct development support and services. Freescale also offers assistance with migration from the 68K family via free translators and tools.

The MCF520x and MCF521x processor evaluation boards ship with a fully licensed, complimentary Special Edition of the CodeWarrior Development Studio for ColdFire Architectures. The Special Edition is code-size limited and includes a ColdFire optimizing compiler designed for maximizing performance and generating compact code. The Special Edition is ideal for cost-sensitive solutions and eliminates time restrictions during evaluation of ColdFire processors. Developers who require more comprehensive tools can purchase Standard and Professional Editions of the CodeWarrior Development Studio.

Freescale offers comprehensive software and tools solutions through partnerships with world-class suppliers, including Green Hills, MQX Embedded, Wind River and Accelerated Technology, as well as many other independent suppliers. Customers also have access to full open source software solutions, as well as third-party off-the-shelf boards.

MCF520x family (MCF5207, MCF5208) features

  • Up to 159 (Dhrystone 2.1) MIPS at 166MHz
  • eMAC module and hardware divide
  • Eight KB I/D-cache,16KB SRAM
  • Optional 10/100 Ethernet media access controller
  • Three UARTs
  • QSPI
  • Inter-IC bus (I2C) interface
  • Four 32-bit timers with DMA support
  • 16-channel DMA controller
  • 16-bit DDR / 32-bit SDR SDRAM controller
  • Up to 50 general-purpose I/O
  • System integration: phased-lock loop (PLL), software watchdog
  • 1.5V core, 2.5V DDR, 3.3V I/O voltages
  • Low power consumption: <1mA/MHz typical
  • Complimentary CodeWarrior Special Edition

MCF521x family (MCF5211, MCF5212, MCF5213) features

  • Up to 76 (Dhrystone 2.1) MIPS at 80 MHz
  • MAC module and hardware divide
  • Up to 256KB high-performance, single-cycle access flash
  • Up to 32KB SRAM
  • Optional CAN (2.0B)
  • Three UARTs
  • QSPI Interface
  • Inter-IC bus (I2C) interface
  • Four 32-bit timers with DMA support
  • Four-channel DMA controller
  • Eight-channel 12-bit ADC
  • Pulse width modulation timers
  • Up to 55 general-purpose I/O
  • System integration (PLL, software watchdog)
  • Single 3.3V supply
  • Low pin count (64-pin LQFP)
  • Low power consumption: <1mA/MHz typical
  • Complimentary CodeWarrior Special Edition

Pricing and availability
Samples of the MCF521x family are currently available, and samples of the MCF520x family are expected to be available in June 2005. Production quantities for both the MCF521x and MCF520x are planned for late 2005. Suggested resale pricing in 10,000-piece quantities starts at $4.99 (USD) for the MCF521x and MCF520x devices.

Freescale intends to further extend its ColdFire portfolio in early 2006 with next-generation MCF5210 and MCF522x device families featuring cost-reduced scalability and combinations of USB and Ethernet connectivity.

For more information about MCF521x and MCF520x families and available services and support.

About ColdFire
In 1996, the innovative ColdFire microprocessor family was added to the Freescale family tree. Since that time, Freescale has shipped more than 500 million 68K and ColdFire products. Building upon the 68K foundation, the variable-length RISC ColdFire architecture is comprised of high-performance cores with industry-leading code density and a rich set of connectivity peripherals.

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