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.