Wednesday, July 13, 2011

LM4041xx Precision micropower shunt voltage reference

The LM4041 is a micropower shunt voltage reference, providing a stable 1.225 V output voltage, with an initial accuracy of 0.1% @ 25 °C and a low temperature coefficient. Available in SOT323-5L and SOT23-3L surface mount packages, it can be designed in applications where space saving is a critical issue. The low operating current is a key advantage for power restricted designs. In addition, the LM4041 is very stable and can be used in a broad range of application conditions.

Key Features
-   Fixed 1.225 V typical output voltage
-   Ultra low operating current: 40 μA at 25 °C
-   High precision: +/- 0.1% @ 25 °C (0.2%, 0.5% and 1% versions are also available)
-   Stable when used with capacitive loads
-   Industrial operating temperature range: - 40 to + 85 °C
-   Extended (- 40 to +125 °C) version available under request
-   100 ppm/°C maximum temperature coefficient
-   Available in SOT23-3L and SOT323-5L packages


MEMS demonstration board based on the LPY410AL (dual-axis pitch and yaw ±100 dps analog gyroscope)

The STEVAL-MKI103V1 is a demonstration board designed to provide the user with a complete, ready-to-use platform for demonstration of the LPY410AL product family.

The kit includes a sensing element and an IC interface capable of translating information from the sensing element into a measured signal that can be used for external applications.

In addition to the MEMS sensor, the demonstration board uses an ST7 microcontroller which functions as a bridge between the sensor and the PC. This makes it possible to download the graphical user interface (GUI) from the website or to use dedicated software routines for customized applications.

MP34DB01 MEMS audio sensor omnidirectional digital microphone

The MP34DB01 is a compact, low-power, bottom port, omnidirectional digital MEMS microphone. The MP34DB01 is built with a capacitive sensing element and an IC interface with stereo operation capability.

The sensing element, capable of detecting acoustic waves, is manufactured using a specialized silicon micromachining process dedicated to produce audio sensors.

The IC interface is manufactured using a CMOS process that allows designing a dedicated circuit able to provide a digital signal externally in PDM format.

The MP34DB01 has an acoustic overload point of 120 dBSPL with a best on the market 62 dB signal-to-noise ratio and -26 dB sensitivity.

The MP34DB01 is available in an SMD-compliant package and it is guaranteed to operate over an extended temperature range from -30 °C to +85 °C.

STEVAL-IPE012V1 Single-phase energy meter demonstration board using the STPM10 and STM8L15

The STEVAL-IPE012V1 demonstration board implements a single-phase energy meter based on the STPM metering IC and STM8L152 microcontroller. The demonstration board is a fully functional single-phase solution with parameter display, tamper management, maximum demand (MD) calculation, EEPROM data logging, and low power management.

Monday, July 11, 2011

STMicroelectronics Achieves ‘Adobe AIR for TV’ Approval, Delivering Development Dreamland for Next-Generation Connected TVs

Successful porting of Adobe AIR® to ST’s STi7108-based platform for set-top boxes enables rich Internet application-development environment for leading consumer equipment manufacturers

Geneva, July 11, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in chips for set-top boxes (STBs) and integrated TVs, has made a significant step forward in its advanced high-definition TV System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms. ST’s move puts it squarely at the forefront of technology development for the next generation of connected TVs that are enabled to run Adobe® AIR®-based games and other applications.

ST today announced the successful porting, and certification, of Adobe AIR® 2.5 for TV on its third-generation SoC platform for advanced and interactive high-definition STBs. The Adobe AIR software is a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform and enables OEMs, ODMs,application and service developers to create and build rich internet applications, games and deploy interactive high-definition video for embedded devices and systems, in particular set-top boxes and TVs.

Friday, July 8, 2011

STMicroelectronics Introduces Innovative System-on-Chip Enabling Rapid Deployment of DisplayPort 1.2 Interfaces and High-Resolution 3D for Multimedia Monitors

Highly integrated SoC takes multimedia in new directions – delivers extensive support for 2D/3D input formats and display resolutions, while reducing system bill-of-materials

Geneva, July 08, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in developing and delivering System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs, today announced a new highly integrated SoC family with unique integration of comprehensive video and audio inputs, advanced video quality and expanded functionality. The new SoCs have been designed for multi-function premium monitors, public displays, All-in-One PCs and high-performance notebooks.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

STMicroelectronics and Digi-Key Corporation Announce Winners of ST iNEMO™ Design Contest

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND and THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA, July 06, 2011 - Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, have announced Team McGill as the winners of the iNEMO Design Contest.

Each project in the competition contained an iNEMO Inertial Measurement Unit and was judged on the number of degrees of freedom (DoF) used from the 10 degrees of freedom available in total, the quality of its hardware and firmware/software, the design's novelty, its use of daughter boards, and the final project's ease of use and appeal of its user interface.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

STMicroelectronics Expands Capabilities in Convergent Home Digital Networking and Smart Grid

Completes IP and talent acquisition from Arkados, strengthening ST’s position in powerline communications

Geneva, July 05, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is enhancing its powerline communication (PLC) capabilities with the completion of its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of Arkados.

Arkados has been a leading player in the new industry initiative HomePlug, focused on accelerating the development and deployment of Convergent Digital Home Networking, and ST has been working closely with Arkados since late 2008 to develop best-in-class HomePlug wideband PLC solutions. Home networking via wideband PLC technology provides the key advantage of the ‘no-new-wire’ approach to users because high-speed home networks can be created by using the power sockets and wiring infrastructure that already exist in the home.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

TSC1021 High side current sense amplifier

The TSC1021 measures a small differential voltage on a high-side shunt resistor and translates it into a ground-referenced output voltage.

The TSC1021 has been specifically designed to deal with automotive conditions: load-dump protection up to 60 V, reverse-battery protection up to -32 V, ESD protection up to 4 kV and internal filtering for EMI performance.

Input common-mode and power supply voltages are independent: the common-mode voltage can range from 2.8 to 30 V in operating conditions and up to 60 V in absolute maximum ratings while the TSC1021 can be supplied by a 5 V independent supply line.

EVL250W-ATX80PL 250 W ATX SMPS demonstration board

The EVL250W-ATX80PL is a demonstration board of a 250 W power supply unit that implements an ATX like (multiple output configuration) or a server like (single output configuration) design.

The EVL250W-ATX80PL has been certified by ECOS Consulting committee compliant to the 80 PLUS® specifications.

STEVAL-ILM001V1 Plug-in hardware module for the STM8S-DISCOVERY interface for DALI communication

The STEVAL-ILM001V1 is a plug-in module for the STM8S-DISCOVERY kit and SW DALI library, to create a fully working DALI slave application. The STM8S-DISCOVERY + STEVAL-ILM001V1 work as a DALI slave device and can be connected to and controlled by any DALI network.

The LD1 on the STM8S-DISCOVERY kit is used as a light source. Its brightness, fade-in/out times, etc., as defined by the DALI standard, can be controlled through DALI to simulate a normal lamp behavior.

The DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) standard is a communication protocol widely used in intelligent lighting applications. Its use is not limited to fluorescent tube lamp dimmable ballasts, for which it was initially designed, but also for future LED applications.

The user is expected to be familiar with the DALI standard and its details.

LIS3DH MEMS digital output motion sensor ultra low-power high performance 3-axes "nano" accelerometer

The LIS3DH is an ultra low-power high performance three axes linear accelerometer belonging to the “nano” family, with digital I2C/SPI serial interface standard output. The device features ultra low-power operational modes that allow advanced power saving and smart embedded functions.

The LIS3DH has dynamically user selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and it is capable of measuring accelerations with output data rates from 1 Hz to 5 kHz. The self-test capability allows the user to check the functioning of the sensor in the final application. The device may be configured to generate interrupt signals by two independent inertial wake-up/free-fall events as well as by the position of the device itself. Thresholds and timing of interrupt generators are programmable by the end user on the fly. The LIS3DH has an integrated 32-level first in, first out (FIFO) buffer allowing the user to store data for host processor intervention reduction. The LIS3DH is available in small thin plastic land grid array package (LGA) and it is guaranteed to operate over an extended temperature range from -40 °C to +85 °C.

STEVAL-ILL022V1 25 W LED street light with 80 W solar energy charger based on STM32F101Rx

The solar-LED streetlight controller is made up of one 80 W battery charger and one 25 W LED driver.
When the sun is present the charger converts the electricity from the solar panel then charges the battery. In a dark ambient where no sun is present the battery powers on the LED lamp as a streetlight. When wet or cloudy weather persists for several days the battery gradually runs out of power. The controller then switches on the AC mains supply instead of the battery to power on the LED until the battery is fully charged again.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

STMicroelectronics Unveils Fast-Write Memory for Low-Cost Black-Box Recorders

Super-fast page-write time for proven Non-Volatile Memory technology simplifies design of emergency data storage

Geneva, June 28, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the world’s leading supplier of EEPROM memories for electronic equipment, has introduced a new memory with a unique ultra-fast recording feature for storing important data during unexpected events. Its uses will include recovering system data when a sudden power failure occurs, and ‘black-box’ recorders that help identify the causes of equipment failures or accidents.

Friday, June 24, 2011

STMicroelectronics Encourages Energy Efficiency; Strengthens Design Platform for Three-Phase Motor Drives

New STM32 software building blocks and easy-to-use graphical tool simplify and speed-up design of energy-saving intelligent motor controllers

Geneva, June 24, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has unveiled new resources for customers that will simplify design and speed up development of energy-saving intelligent motor drives for applications such as white goods, air conditioners, industrial automation, power tools and fitness equipment.

Electric motors operated by traditional on/off drives consume as much as 50% of the world’s electricity. Intelligent drives enable improved energy ratings, but present complex design challenges and historically have required expensive processors such as digital signal controllers. ST’s advanced STM32 microcontroller family and ready-to-use firmware building blocks for intelligent drives help designers overcome these challenges.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Veredus Laboratories develops Lab-on-Chip solution to detect and differentiate several food-borne pathogens, including Escherichia coli (E. coli)

New detection system VereFoodborne™ is based on STMicroelectronics’ industry-proven Lab-on-Chip platform

Singapore, June 23, 2011 - Veredus Laboratories, a leading provider of molecular detection tests, and its technology partner, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), today announced the successful development and deployment of VereFoodborne™, a Lab-on-Chip application that is able to detect 10 to 12 food-borne pathogens in one test, including the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) responsible for the recent severe food poisoning outbreak in Europe.

VereFoodborne, based on STMicroelectronics’ Lab-on-Chip platform, is a portable Lab-on-Chip application that can detect and differentiate food-borne pathogens including E. coli, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (including E. coli 0157 and E.coli 0104), Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter. The ability of the VereFoodborne chip to simultaneously lock on multiple segments of the genes of food-borne pathogens enables it to identify bacteria and viruses with a much higher degree of confidence compared to other tests. This capability is made possible with a microarray on the chip that allows it to detect multiple pathogens in one test, saving time and resources over existing approaches.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

STMicroelectronics Named Laureate in Computerworld Honors Awards

ST’s award-winning smart multi-sensor devices deliver advances in navigation, communication, gaming and healthcare

Geneva, June 21, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has been selected as a Laureate in the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program for its iNEMO smart multi-sensor technology. Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

STMicroelectronics Makes 28nm CMOS Process Available Through CMP

Semiconductor technology leader and CMP help universities, research labs and companies prototype next generation of Systems on Chip

Geneva, June 15, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and CMP (Circuits Multi Projets®) today announced that the CMOS 28nm process from STMicroelectronics is now available for prototyping to universities, research labs and companies through the silicon brokerage services provided by CMP.

The introduction of the 28nm CMOS process builds on the successful collaboration that has allowed universities and companies to access previous CMOS generations such as 45nm (introduced in 2008), 65nm (introduced in 2006), 90nm (introduced in 2004), and 130nm (introduced in 2003). CMP is also offering 65nm and 130nm SOI (Silicon-On-Insulator), as well as 130nm SiGe processes from STMicroelectronics. For example, 170 universities and companies received the design rules and design kits for the 90nm CMOS process, and more than 200 universities and companies (60% in Europe, 40% in Americas and Asia) have now received design rules and design kits for ST’s 65nm bulk and SOI CMOS processes. The 45/40nm CMOS is still being deployed.

Friday, June 10, 2011

STMicroelectronics’ Powerful New FingerTip Touchscreen Technology Stifles Electrical ‘Noise’

Geneva, June 10, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications,1 today announced its new FingerTip technology, which enables a single-chip solution for capacitive touchscreens up to 10 inches in diameter with multi-touch capability.

ST’s MEMS sensors and FingerTip technology share a similar architecture, in which a sensing element is connected to a high-performance capacitance-sensing circuit. ST has leveraged its know-how in analog and mixed-signal interface technology to develop an innovative analog-front-end that is able to detect variations of capacitance in atto-Farads (10-18 F) and to immunize the system against noise.

Touchscreen applications are subject to noise coming from various sources, including the display, the system, human touch, or battery chargers. Low-cost and poor-quality chargers, in particular, are a source of noise that can be as high as tens of volts and can affect normal operations when a finger touches the screen. When this happens, a strong periodic noise – which could be in the range of 100V (peak-to-peak) and in the frequency range from 1kHz to 1MHz – will enter into the touchscreen controller’s analog front-end and result in ‘false’ finger touches.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

STMicroelectronics Sets Memory Density Record with 2-Mbit Serial EEPROM

Market leader’s portfolio from 1-kbit to 2-Mbit devices expands choice and flexibility for system designers

Geneva, June 09, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of EEPROM memories, is the first to launch a 2-Mbit serial EEPROM chip for write-intensive applications. The new IC allows designers to replace multiple EEPROMs with a single device and improve parameter management on printed-circuit-boards. This breakthrough will help save build costs and board size for consumer and industrial applications, such as TVs and monitors, flat panels, set-top boxes, printers, smart meters, and also equipment used in medical applications.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

STMicroelectronics’ Newest Motion-Sensing Module Packs Five Degrees of Freedom

Gyro-accelerometer combo chip adds precision and reliability to motion-sensing applications

Geneva, June 07, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications,1 today announced a multi-sensor module with five degrees of freedom. The integration of a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 2-axis digital gyroscope in a single device improves sensing accuracy and reliability at reduced size and cost, opening new possibilities for high-precision motion detection-based applications in mobile phones, navigation systems, game controls and many other portable electronic devices.

Monday, June 6, 2011

STMicroelectronics Extends Sixth-Generation Power MOSFET Family, Bringing Energy-Saving Advantages to Solar, Telecom and Consumer Applications

Latest STripFET™ VI DeepGATE power MOSFETs offer increased voltage ratings, delivering enhanced on-state and switching performance for DC-DC applications

Geneva, June 06, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of power chips, has extended its family of high-efficiency power transistors featuring sixth-generation STripFET™ technology, adding more choices for designers to deliver energy-saving advantages for a wider variety of applications.

STMicroelectronics Tackles Battery-Charging Burden with Innovative Solar Charger

Solar battery charger to apply maximum power tracking for miniature cell arrays, keeping millions of portable devices running longer

Geneva, June 06, 2011 - The small strips of solar cells seen in the front panels of today’s small portable consumer, healthcare and security devices are set to become a more valuable source of free energy with help from a new advanced battery charging IC from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications. The new IC will significantly increase charging efficiency either indoor or outdoor, using the sun’s radiated energy, enabling longer mobile equipment runtime and avoiding an unexpected lack of power when a mains connection is not available.

Friday, June 3, 2011

STMicroelectronics Boosts Accessibility and Value of Space-Grade Power Electronics

Fully space-qualified power devices designed and made in Europe simplify procurement as space technology targets growing commercial opportunities

Geneva, June 03, 2011 - Amid growing world demand for satellite-based communications, television, weather forecasting and geographical data, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has introduced the first member of a family of power transistors that are fully qualified for use in electronic subsystems on board satellites and launchers.

According to the Satellite Industry Association, the global satellite industry is growing steadily and currently generates more than $160 billion in annual revenues 1. Although essential electronic equipment is built in various territories, including Europe and Asia, the majority of components certified for use in space originate from the USA. However, developed in conjunction with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), ST’s new family of radiation-hardened power MOSFETs is produced in Europe and fully qualified to ESCC (European Space Components Coordination) specifications.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

STMicroelectronics Introduces Temperature Stable Measurement ICs for Power Management and Motor Control Applications

High-side current-sense amplifier enhances precision measurement for price-sensitive applications

Geneva, May 26, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is leading progress toward lower-cost precision control of functions such as battery monitoring, power management and motor control with its latest generation of high-side current-sensing ICs. As a single-chip high-side current-sense amplifier, ST’s TSC1021 simplifies the design of accurate measurement circuitry in electronic control units. ST achieves a lower cost than existing devices by leveraging its own high-voltage manufacturing process.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

STMicroelectronics Exercises Its MEMS Manufacturing Muscle To Further Fuel Motion-Sensing Revolution

Market leader increasing capacity to more than 3 million sensors a day

Geneva, May 25, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications 1 and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, is significantly increasing its MEMS production capacity to more than 3 million sensors a day, by the end of 2011 to sustain exploding customer demand for high-performance, cost-competitive sensing devices.

“We are leading the MEMS consumer revolution and our mission is to continue to lead the market,” said Benedetto Vigna, Group Vice President and General Manager of ST’s MEMS, Sensors and High Performance Analog Division. “We are beefing up our manufacturing machine to anticipate and encourage the adoption of MEMS into such high-growth markets as healthcare, industrial and automotive. ST is well-positioned to make micro-machined sensors ubiquitous in all domains of life.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

STMicroelectronics in Production with New Power MOSFETs Driving Up Vehicle Electrical Efficiency

Latest technology for power devices trims watts and weight from comfort, body and power-train electronics

Geneva, May 24, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in semiconductors for automotive systems, has extended its range of STripFET™ VI DeepGATE™ power MOSFETs with the introduction of nine new automotive-grade devices that will deliver energy efficiency, size and cost benefits to cars in the near future.

Energy-efficient electrical systems are increasingly important to car makers. These systems manage equipment from window winders, wipers and heater blowers to engine controllers, starter-alternators and energy recovery systems. Hybrid and electric vehicles, especially, need effective energy management for maximum traveling range. ST’s new power MOSFETs will minimize the energy normally lost in electrical drives and controls, leading to greater efficiency, while simultaneously reducing heat generation, allowing smaller, more lightweight assemblies.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ESDAXLC4-1BF3 Single line extra low capacitance TVS

The ESDAXLC4-1BF3 is a single line Transil™ diode designed specifically for the protection of integrated circuits into portable equipment and miniaturized electronics devices subject to ESD and EOS transient over voltages.

Packaged in WLCSP, it minimizes PCB consumption.

STA350BW Sound Terminal 2.1-channel high-efficiency digital audio system

The STA350BW is an integrated solution of digital audio processing, digital amplifier control, and FFX-power output stage, thereby creating a high-power single-chip FFX®solution comprising high-quality, high-efficiency, and all-digital amplification.

The STA350BW is based on an FFX (fully flexible amplification) processor, a proprietary technology from STMicroelectronics. FFX is the evolution and the enlargement of ST’s ternary technology: the new processor can be configured to work in ternary, binary, binary differential and phase-shift PWM modulation schemes.

The STA350BW contains the ternary, binary and binary differential implementations, a subset of the full capability of the FFX processor.

The STA350BW is part of the Sound Terminal® family that provides full digital audio streaming to the speaker, offering cost effectiveness, low power dissipation and sound enrichment.

STM32L-DISCOVERY Discovery kit for the STM32L EnergyLite 32-bit MCUs

The STM32L-DISCOVERY helps you to discover the STM32L ultralow power features and to develop and share your applications.

It is based on an STM32L152RBT6 and includes an ST-Link/V2 embedded debugging tool interface, an LCD (24 segments, 4 commons), LEDs, pushbuttons, a linear touch sensor or touchkeys.

Key Features
-  STM32L152RBT6 microcontroller featuring 128 KB Flash, 16 KB RAM, 4 KB EEPROM, in an LQFP64 package
-  On-board ST-Link/V2 with selection mode switch to use the kit as a standalone ST-Link/V2 (with SWD connector for programming and debugging)
-  Board power supply: through USB bus or from an external 3.3 or 5 V supply voltage
-  External application power supply: 3 V and 5 V
-  IDD current measurement
-  LCD
   -  DIP28 package
   -  24 segments, 4 commons
-  Four LEDs:
   -  LD1 (red/green) for USB communication
   -  LD2 (red) for 3.3 V power on
-  Two user LEDs, LD3 (green) and LD4 (blue)
-  Two pushbuttons (user and reset)
-  One linear touch sensor or four touchkeys
-  Extension header for LQFP64 I/Os for quick connection to prototyping board and easy probing


STM1831 Voltage detector with sense input and external delay capacitor

The STM1831 is a voltage detector with very low current consumption. It monitors a voltage on a separate input pin (VSEN), which is fully functional even if the monitored voltage goes down to 0 V. In addition, the delay of the output can be adjusted by an external capacitor.

Key Features
-  Voltage monitored on separate sense input VSEN
-  Factory-trimmed voltage thresholds in 100 mV increments from 1.6 V to 5.7 V
-  ±2% voltage threshold accuracy
-  Operating voltage 1.6 V to 6.0 V
-  Open drain output
-  Low supply current of 0.8 μA (typ.)
-  Time delay programmable by external capacitor
-  Power supply transient immunity
-  Available in SOT23-5 package
-  Operating temperature –40 to 85 °C


STEVAL-ILL030V1 LED lighting control using DMX512 control based on STM32F102C6T6 and STCS1APHR

The purpose of the STEVAL-ILL030V1 demonstration board is to demonstrate the performance of ST devices in an LED lighting control application, using the DMX512 communication protocol demonstration firmware in transmitter, receiver and standalone modes.

The USART (universal synchronous asynchronous receiver transmitter) module of the STM32F103C6 ARM 32-bit Cortex™-M3 microcontroller is used to transmit/receive data via an RS-485 transceiver. The transmitter sends DMX512 packets with a NULL START code, according to the DMX512 2008 standard.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

STMicroelectronics Reveals Breakthrough Solution for Energy-Saving Fluorescent Lighting

Highly featured ballast controller is first to support choice of standard or low-cost power circuitry to boost adoption of high-efficiency electronic ballast in cost-sensitive markets

Geneva, May 17, 2011 - With today’s worldwide energy-saving regulations demanding the more efficient use of available energy, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has unveiled a new ballast controller capable of reducing design time and costs. The new IC will fulfill the requirements of energy-saving regulations such as ENERGY STAR and will significantly contribute to optimization usage of available energy, dramatically reducing the CO2 emission.

Lighting accounts for up to 19% of the overall electricity consumption in the world, according to figures from Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government. Private and public organizations are looking towards incentives, standards and regulations for improved energy efficiency. In this scenario, high-frequency electronic ballasts are rapidly replacing electromagnetic ballasts due to higher efficiency, no visible flickering, and low weight due to the use of electronic components.

Monday, May 16, 2011

STMicroelectronics Reveals Best-In-Class Technology Enabling Longer-Lasting Broadcast and Medical-Imaging Equipment

New RF power-MOSFET family combines industry’s most rugged silicon and thermally efficient packaging for extra reliability and performance advantages

Geneva, May 16, 2011 - High-power radio-frequency devices such as medical scanners and plasma generators will offer improved uptime for owners, as well as increased performance and lower costs, by using the latest generation of high-frequency power transistors introduced today by STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in power semiconductors.

Upgrades to ST’s production process allow its latest RF power MOSFETs to withstand peak voltages up to 200V, which is at least 20% more than competing devices. This increased ruggedness helps extend the operating lifetime of the power transistor, thereby reducing equipment downtime and ownership costs. The advanced process also improves the MOSFET’s gain, efficiency and high-power characteristics, which can help improve equipment performance and simplify design.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

STMicroelectronics and McGill University Collaborate to Create New Undergraduate Course in Multiple Sensor Integration

Geneva and Montreal, May 12, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications 1 and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) devices for consumer and portable applications , and McGill University, Montreal, Canada, one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, today announced that they have collaborated to create an undergraduate course that teaches the integration of multiple state-of-the-art sensors into embedded computer systems. Some 35 students have already completed the course, which started in January 2011.

The new course, which is the first of its kind in North America, includes laboratory exercises and a final project that enables students to analyse and design systems that include the integration of data from multiple sensors. It was designed by Professor Zeljko Zilic of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University and is based around ST’s award-winning iNEMO, a unique platform that integrates ST’s most advanced accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, together with pressure and temperature sensors, to provide 3-axis sensing of linear, angular and magnetic motion, complemented with temperature and barometer/altitude readings.

Friday, May 6, 2011

STMicroelectronics Offers the World’s Smallest and Most Accurate Location-Placing Solution

Ten-Degrees-of-Freedom sensor set gives precise directions from any place on Earth

Geneva, May 06, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications 1, today announced a complete hardware solution for advanced sensing applications with 10 degrees of freedom (DoF)2 . A set of three thin, high-performance MEMS sensors provides accurate and comprehensive information on linear, angular and magnetic motion together with altitude readings, enabling enhanced navigation and smarter user interface in mobile phones and other portable consumer devices.

An emerging new class of mobile consumer applications, such as location-based services and pedestrian dead-reckoning for indoor and multi-floor navigation, require rather complex sensing capabilities. By using just three ST MEMS sensors - a geo-magnetic module, a gyroscope, and a pressure sensor – a consumer device can have a complete indication of its linear acceleration, angular velocity, earth gravity, heading and altitude. With this information, mobile users will be able to identify their direction and precise location in all three dimensions everywhere they go, including in places with no or low GPS signal, such as inside buildings in urban canyons or in mountainous and forested terrain.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sound Terminal IC from STMicroelectronics Rocks the House in Miniaturized High-Performance Audio

New Sound Terminal™ IC delivers industry’s first audio System-on-Chip enabling ultimate slim-line style for heatsink-free 50W systems

Geneva, May 05, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of high-performance audio ICs, expects its latest Sound Terminal™ digital audio System-on-Chip (SoC) to be at the core of even slimmer home audio designs, as the first device of its type supporting up to 50W of output power with no external heatsink required.

With high-end audio now a mainstream lifestyle market, catalyzed by desirables such as must-have personal music players and high-definition multimedia, consumers expect audiophile sound quality from fashionable home tech such as music docks, sound bars and digital active speakers. Highly efficient class-D amplifiers, which produce very little heat, have played a central role in enabling the miniature heatsink and enclosure sizes common to these types of products. ST’s latest Sound Terminal IC, the STA350BW, takes this efficiency to a new level, allowing heatsink-free design up to 50W for ultimate slim-line styling.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New-Generation Microprocessor from STMicroelectronics Enables Compelling User Interfaces and Multimedia in Computing and Industrial Applications

Integration of two ARM Cortex-A9 cores and hardware graphics/video processing delivers outstanding performance

Geneva, May 04, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in developing and delivering systems-on-chips, today introduced its new embedded microprocessor with advanced multimedia capabilities. The latest addition to ST’s dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessor family, the SPEAr1340 targets a broad range of smart connected devices, from high-resolution video-conferencing to intelligent displays and web-connected devices.

ST’s SPEAr1340 integrates a powerful ARM Mali 200 graphics processing unit for advanced 2D and 3D acceleration in user interfaces, navigation systems, browsing, and gaming. The new device also embeds a hardware video encoder and a decoder supporting major compression standards (including H.264, AVS and VP8), with video resolution up to 1080p and 30 frames per second. The SPEAr1340 can also handle multiple concurrent video flows (4 camera inputs available) in multimedia-intensive applications like surveillance video cameras.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mobile Compassing Gets New Push from STMicroelectronics’ Power- and Space-Saving Geo-Magnetic Modules

Geneva, April 29, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications1 and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, is set to accelerate the deployment of high-precision mobile compassing with the introduction of its newest geo-magnetic module. Housed inside a miniature 3 x 5 x 1 mm package with operating current consumption down to just 110 microamps, ST’s LSM303DLHC meets the size and power constraints of portable consumer applications with outstanding accuracy and performance.

The integration of high-performance motion and magnetic2 sensing, coupled with superior stability over time and temperature, makes ST’s newest digital-compass device particularly suitable for applications such as location-based services, pedestrian dead reckoning, map/display orientation, and direction finding. IHS iSuppli, a leading market research firm, expects the digital compass market to grow at a CAGR of 25%, from $208 million in 2010 up to $638 million in 2015.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

STMicroelectronics Boosts Next-Generation Basestations as Mobile Broadband Booms

Combined down-converter and synthesizer IC leverages ST process advantage to deliver cost-saving integration with optimum performance and flexibility

Geneva, April 28, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a highly integrated device enabling wireless infrastructure equipment makers to meet the demand for more flexible and compact next-generation mobile network basestations, and at lower cost. The STW82100B series will also be used in equipment such as RF (radio-frequency) instrumentation and general wireless-infrastructure applications.

Demand for broadband services is driving the fastest growth ever seen in the mobile communications industry. Mobile network operators are quickly rolling out faster (HSPA/HSPA+) services offering data rates at 14.4Mbit/s and above. Commitment to the higher-speed next-generation standard 3GPP-LTE is growing more quickly still. Infonetics Research sees market for LTE infrastructure, which requires several types of basestations, exceeding $11bn by 2014.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New MEMS Microphones from STMicroelectronics Enhance Audio Experience in Mobile Phones and Portable Computers

Geneva, April 26, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, today introduced two new digital MEMS microphones. Combining superior sound quality with robustness and reliability at reduced size and cost, ST’s MP34DB01 and MP45DT02 microphones enable enhanced audio experience in mobile phones and portable computers, as well as in many other existing and emerging applications with a voice input.

According to iSuppli, the market for MEMS microphones for consumer electronics and mobile handsets is forecast to grow revenue at a CAGR of 24% between 2009 and 2014. The driving factors include the breakthrough in the use of noise suppression requiring multiple microphones, as well as adoption in new consumer applications beyond handsets and laptops, such as slate tablets and gaming.

ST’s MEMS microphones use best-in-class acoustic sensor technology jointly developed with OMRON 2 that is inherently less susceptible to mechanical vibration, temperature variations and electromagnetic interference, while providing high-fidelity reproduction of audio signals. Integrating ST’s electronic control circuit and OMRON’s micro-machined sensor in a single package, the microphones deliver superb audio performance at lower power consumption than traditional condenser (ECM) microphones. This optimized power consumption ensures longer battery life in portable devices for an extended user experience.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

ST8024L Smart card interface

The ST8024L is a complete low-cost analog interface for asynchronous Class A, B and C smartcards. It can be placed between the card and the microcontroller with few external components to perform all supply protection and control functions. ST8024LCDR and ST8024LCTR are compatible with ST8024 (with the exception of Vth(ext)rise/fall).

STEVAL-IHM025V1 1 kW 3-phase motor control demonstration board featuring the IGBT SLLIMM™ STGIPL14K60

The STEVAL-IHM025V1 is demonstration board is an AC/DC inverter that generates a three-phase waveform for driving three- or two-phase motors such as induction motors or PMSM motors up to 1000 W with or without sensors.
The system represents a universal, fully-evaluated and populated design consisting of a 3-phase inverter bridge based on the 600 V IGBT SLIMM™ (small low-loss intelligent molded module) in the SDIP 38L package mounted on a heatsink. The STGIPL14K60 integrates: high voltage, short-circuit rugged IGBT and high voltage gate drivers with advanced features like integrated op-amp suitable for advanced current sensing. Thanks to this integrated module, the system has been specifically designed to achieve power inversion in a reliable and compact design. The system architecture of the module is based on integrated advanced features and is specifically designed to achieve fast and accurate conditioning of the current feedback, thereby matching the typical requirements in field-oriented control (FOC).
The board is designed to be compatible with single-phase mains, supplying from 90 VAC to 285 VAC or from 125 VDC up to 400 VDC for DC voltage.

L6566BH Multi-mode controller for SMPS

The L6566BH is an extremely versatile current-mode primary controller ICs, specifically designed for high-performance offline flyback converters running off rectified 3-phase input line. It is also suited for single-stage single-switch input-current-shaping converters (singlestage PFC) for applications supposed to comply with EN61000-3-2 or JEITA-MITI regulations.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Geo-Magnetic Modules from STMicroelectronics Extend Battery Life and Boost Accuracy in Mobile Compassing Applications

Current consumption down by 50%, magnetic sensing resolution up by 30% in ST’s newest digital-compass device

Geneva, April 19, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, has introduced a new generation of geo-magnetic modules. The ultra-low-power device addresses advanced navigation and location-based services in portable consumer applications by integrating high-resolution three-axis sensing of linear and magnetic motion in a 5 x 5 x 1mm package. iSuppli, a leading market research firm, forecasts rapidly rising global demand for digital compasses; it expects the market to grow at a CAGR of 12%, from $1.1 billion in 2010 up to $1.9 billion in 2015.

The integration of high-performance motion and magnetic sensing enables enhanced electronic compassing in mobile phones and other personal electronic devices, including direction finding, map/display orientation, location-based services and pedestrian dead reckoning. This latest addition to ST’s MEMS portfolio, the LSM303DLM geo-magnetic module has been designed and produced using the same micromachining technology process that ST has already successfully applied to more than one billion motion sensors sold in the market.

Monday, March 28, 2011

STMicroelectronics Demonstrates New Ultra-Low-Power Technology for Energy-Efficient Applications

New smart power semiconductor technology to deliver big reductions in power consumption in medical equipment and hybrid-electric-vehicle chargers

Geneva, March 28, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated a next-generation variation of its world-leading smart power technology. The new technology is expected to enable significant reductions in the power consumption of a wide range of electronic systems – from new medical equipment to battery chargers in hybrid electric vehicles.

The ever-increasing worldwide demand for electronic and electrical devices, together with the increasing global awareness that the use of fossil fuels to generate electrical power must be reduced as much and as quickly as possible, means that there is now a major focus on making end-use equipment significantly more power efficient. This focus has driven the development of this new technology from ST.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

STMicroelectronics Introduces the Market’s Smallest 3-Axis Analog Gyroscope

Innovative sensors from the market leader drive the adoption of advanced motion user interfaces in all kinds of consumer applications

Geveva, March 24, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications 1 has extended its motion-sensor portfolio with the market’s smallest 3-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside an ultra-small 4x4x1mm3 package, ST’s newest gyroscope combines superior performance and reliability with smart power management and design flexibility, advancing adoption of high-precision gesture control and intuitive user interfaces in mobile phones, tablets, game controllers and other consumer devices.

All of ST’s MEMS gyroscopes employ an industry-unique concept of a single sensing structure for motion measurement along all three orthogonal axes 2 . This innovative design approach eliminates all interference between the axes, significantly increasing accuracy and reliability in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. The Company has introduced more than 40 gyroscopes over past two years and boosted its market share in gyroscopes for consumer and mobile applications from less than 1% in 2009 to 30% in 2010.

STMicroelectronics Unveils Next-Generation iNEMO™ Engine; Enables New Level of Motion-Sensing Applications on Smart Consumer Devices

Exciting fusion of motion-sensor data gives smartphone handsets, tablets and gaming devices new utility and features

Geneva, March 24, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the number one supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensors for consumer and portable applications , today unveiled first details of its new iNEMO™ Engine.

An industry first, the iNEMO’s new advanced filtering and predictive software engine integrates the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer. Fusing these sensors’ data through sophisticated algorithms, the iNEMO delivers dramatically more accurate and reliable sensor performance – the kind of performance now in demand by makers of next-generation smart consumer devices for a host of new motion-based applications.

For many current applications, such as freefall detection, screen rotation or pedometers, a single MEMS accelerometer meets their system requirements. However, a new class of advanced applications is emerging, for example: location-based services, enhanced motion-based gaming, pedestrian dead-reckoning for indoor and multi-floor navigation, robotics or human-body tracking. These applications require multiple MEMS sensors, together with advanced software, to achieve better overall system performance in terms of accuracy, resolution, stability and response time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

STMicroelectronics to Showcase Semiconductor Solutions for Enhanced Entertainment at CCBN 2011

ST exhibits at 19th China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition, Beijing, March 23-25, 2011

Beijing, March 22, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will showcase leading home-entertainment technologies at the 19th China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition (CCBN), under the theme “Enhanced Entertainment for Digital Convergence Now.” ST will parade a wide range of advanced digital TV and set-top-box (STB) products and solutions enabled by ST technologies, including ones developed specifically for the China market.

“The convergence of telecommunications, cable TV and the Internet is a key strategic move in China. The trend of digital convergence has made it possible for various content and applications to be deployed on consumer electronics devices, including TVs. As such, consumers have expectations for a new user experience with rich multimedia content,” says Francois Guibert, Executive Vice President and President of Greater China and South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics. “The increasing market demands have opened the door to huge opportunities as well as unprecedented challenges to all players in the market. With innovative semiconductor technologies, ST is well positioned to work with partners and customers in China to develop solutions that provide enhanced entertainment experiences for consumers.”

According to Guideline Research, in 2010, China’s digital cable TV experienced fast growth in terms of subscriber base, with a 13.4% increase. By the end of 2010, China had over 88 million digital cable TV subscribers (households), accounting for over 50% of total cable TV subscribers in China. With the overall progress of digital convergence in China, IDC predicts from 2010 to 2014, capital investment in network infrastructure and STBs will reach US$130 billion. An expected 60% of this investment will take place in 2011 and 2012. With government support and increasing demands for a better user experience, there is huge market potential for digital TV and STB technologies.

ST’s EnergyLite Microcontroller and Single-Chip Motor Controller Among Top Products of 2010 by Elektronik

Geneva, March 22, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that its STM32L, the industry’s first ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller, and dSPIN™, ST’s complete motor-control system on a chip, were chosen as the second-best products of the year in their categories by readers of Elektronik, a premier German-language electronics trade publication.

ST’s STM32L microcontroller dueled for the top spot in the Active Components category. The STM32L series combines ST-unique low-leakage 130nm process technology and optimized power-saving architecture to deliver industry-leading energy-saving performance. The STM32L is part of ST’s EnergyLite™ platform of ultra low-power products enabling designers to optimize performance, function and battery life, and to meet efficiency-related criteria such as eco-design targets.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gemalto and STMicroelectronics Partner to Jointly Develop Expanded Range of Secure Solutions for NFC Applications

ORLANDO, FL, March 21, 2011 - CTIA Wireless, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in secure microcontroller ICs, and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced a new partnership to develop a range of solutions to initiate and distribute digital security services for NFC (Near Field Communications) applications. Building on the two companies’ extensive security expertise and portfolio of NFC technologies, the partnership aims to deliver solutions that will meet the strong global demand for NFC-based services.

The partners are addressing the industry’s need for a secure element, such as the widely adopted SIM-based NFC solution, for trusted NFC applications. They plan to further develop a number of additional packaged offers that include the highly secure ST33 EAL5+ chipset from ST, specially designed for mobile applications, and Gemalto’s secure operating system, mobile handset software, Trusted Service Management and secure personalization services. The combined turn-key solution will accelerate the adoption and implementation of NFC services, including consumer applications such as contactless payment, transportation ticketing, personal data protection and device integrity.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wireless Sensors Push Smart Machines Into Green Revolution

STMicroelectronics, ARaymond and Micropelt to Demonstrate Thermal-Energy Harvesting Solutions at Hannover Fair - Hall 8, D26

Geneva, Switzerland, Grenoble, France, and Freiburg, Germany , March 17, 2011 -

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), ARaymond and Micropelt today announced that they are jointly presenting thermal-energy harvesting-based solutions to power ‘smart sensors’ and ‘smart microsystems’ at the Hannover Fair under the common theme of ‘Green Solutions.’ The three companies are partnering to exhibit the entire value chain of self-sustaining wireless systems in a joint booth (Hall 8, D26).

Wireless sensor and actuator systems are strong future contributors to energy and resource efficiency; the improvement of asset health and uptime; and more efficient condition-based maintenance and operating safety of machines and production equipment. Ubiquitous wireless systems are indispensable to achieving a huge green impact; however, they are a viable option only if local battery maintenance can be circumvented.

Micropelt has developed chip-sized thermogenerators (TEGs) which turn local heat fluxes into electrical energy for ultra-low-power systems. Due to the highest power density in a few square millimeters of footprint, Micropelt’s chip-sized thermogenerators have attracted many customers worldwide. STMicroelectronics, one of the world’s biggest chip makers, and ARaymond, a worldwide supplier to the automotive and solar industries, are presenting solutions they have co-developed with Micropelt.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

STMicroelectronics Reveals Innovations for Safer System Operation

Voltage detectors enable enhanced safe recovery in extra applications

Geneva, March 16, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in monitoring and protection ICs, has perfected a new generation of innovative voltage detectors with extra features that enhance system safety and reliability for a wide variety of applications.

The STM1831 voltage detector will be used in equipment such as autonomous systems and safety-related devices, enabling the electronics to recover safely if a voltage drop occurs in the power supply. Unlike other voltage monitors, the device has independent connections for the sense input and its own supply voltage. This allows the voltage detector to operate reliably even if the monitored voltage falls to 0V.

Friday, March 11, 2011

STMicroelectronics Drives Power-Package Miniaturization While Exceeding Appliance-Safety Standards

Advanced SMBflat package, 40% thinner and half the PCB space of closest rival SOT-223, takes AC switches, SCRs and Triacs to new levels of performance and safety

Geneva, March 11, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the world’s leading supplier of power semiconductors for equipment such as domestic appliances, lighting and industrial controls, has introduced a new package that will allow the further miniaturization of control modules that must meet strict safety specifications such as IEC 60370 and IEC 60335.

ST is initially using its new three-lead surface-mount package, SMBflat, to house selected products including an AC switch, an SCR (silicon-controlled rectifier) and three types of Triac, which are widely used in circuits such as valve, motor or pump controls, lamp igniters and circuit breakers.
Occupying half the printed-circuit-board (PCB) area of the popular SOT-223, the new package allows ST’s new ACS108 1-Amp AC switch to achieve the highest ever current density - a key figure of merit - for this type of device.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

STMicroelectronics Announces Extension and Production Availability of STM32L Ultra-Low-Power ARM Cortex™-M3 Microcontroller Series for ‘Energy-Lite’ Applications

STM32L microcontrollers now ready for ‘Continua’ healthcare applications

Embedded World, Nuremberg, March 02, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in microcontrollers, today announced the extension of its 32-bit STM32L series of microcontrollers. The expansion of the family now includes devices with memory densities of 256 and 384 Kbytes, thereby offering a Flash memory range from 32 up to 384 Kbytes for embedded application engineers. The series is now entering into volume manufacturing and the first devices, offering 64 and 128-Kbyte memory densities, are expected to be available in production maturity by the end of March 2011. STM32L series MCUs with 32-Kbyte memories will follow in Q2 2011.

The STM32L microcontrollers are the industry’s first ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex™-M3 MCUs available from a top-10 silicon supplier and offer 33 DMIPS performance at 32MHz (max). The series is part of ST’s extensive 32-bit STM32 family, which now has more than 180 variants offering complete pin, software and peripheral compatibility for maximum flexibility.

The STM32L combines a dedicated low-leakage 130nm process technology and optimized power-saving architecture that are both unique to ST, to deliver industry-leading energy-saving performance. The series is also part of ST’s EnergyLite™ platform of ultra-low-power products, which enable designers to optimize performance, functionality and battery life, and to meet efficiency-related criteria such as eco-design targets. Additionally, for touch-sensing applications, the STM32L is supported by the availability of ST’s third-generation STMTouch™ capacitive-touch-sensing firmware library, which now supports more than 200 devices within ST’s 8-bit STM8 and 32-bit STM32 families.