Enhanced Chip Designs and Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Developments Reinforce Infineon Position in Worldwide Embedded Control Market
- Two new products in its family of 16-bit microcontrollers, with optimizations for cost-effective system designs in factory automation and consumer applications. Additionally, Infineon noted the release of certified benchmark results for its XC167CI microcontroller, the first 16-bit controller to be evaluated in the EEMBC 8- /16-bit microcontroller test suite.
- Recognition of the TriCore2 Unified Processing microcontroller core architecture as the Best Low-Power Embedded Processor of 2003 in the prestigious Microprocessor Report Analysts Choice awards.
- Availability of a TriCore processor test chip from Road Technology Company, a Japan-based design services firm, providing system companies with a source for new custom chip designs targeted at consumer electronics applications.
Summary information on these news developments is provided below. For further information, please contact Infineon Media Relations.
New 16-bit Microcontrollers
The two new additions to the Infineon C166 family of 16-bit microcontrollers are the C161S and XC164CM. The new products extend the one of the most successful and broadly used families of 16-bit processors, which are code-compatible across multiple product generations and extensively supported with systems and chip-level development tools.
The C161S is a powerful, cost-optimized microcontroller that allows designers of industrial control and network systems, small programmable logic control (PLC) systems, telecommunications linecards and basestations, telephone handsets and private branch exchange (PBX) systems to significantly reduce development cost and time. With an 80 nanosecond (ns) instruction cycle time, clock rate of 25 MHz and a 16-priority-level interrupt system, the microcontroller meets the real-time performance requirements of communications and industrial control systems. The C161S can address up to 16 Mbytes of memory for program code and data, and is designed with on-board memory of 2 Kbytes Internal RAM (IRAM). This controls the total chip cost and provides designers with the flexibility to specify the optimal memory for specific applications. Samples of the C161S, in an 80-in MQFP package, are available now, with typical pricing of Euro 2.40 in quantities of 10,000.
Based on the enhanced version of the widely used C166 architecture, the XC164CM features pipeline extensions and new architectural features to double performance at the same clock speed as earlier generations. Features include high-performance on-chip flash memory, a Multiply and Accumulate (MAC) unit that increases calculation power, advanced interrupt-handling, high-resolution analog to digital conversion (ADC) capabilities, and an on-chip debug system to accelerate product development. The new microcontroller is in a small form factor package to reduce required board space up to 20 percent compared to comparable solutions. Samples of the XC164CM, in a 64-pin TQFP package, are now available, with volume production targeted for Q2 2005 at a typical price of Euro 6.30 in quantities of 10,000.
In support of a system-level approach to embedded design, Infineon works with the EEMBC benchmarking consortium to establish balanced and accurate test suites for all classes of microcontrollers. In January, EEMBC released the first certified results in its 8- / 16-bit benchmark, showing the projected system performance of the XC167CI microcontroller. These results can be compared to industry norms at www.eembc.org.
For more information on Infineons complete portfolio of solutions for embedded design, visit www.infineon.com/microcontrollers
Innovative Tricore 2 Named as Analysts Choice
The Infineon TriCore Unified Processor is the companys flagship microcontroller core architecture for the most demanding segments of the automotive and industrial control markets. On February 5, 2004, the technology analysts of In-Stat/MDR (Microdesign Resources) named the next generation TriCore 2 as the Best Low-Power Embedded Processor. The analysts recognized TriCore 2 for its fresh approach in supporting real-time predictability via multithreading extensions, while maintaining an overall power efficient design. TriCore 2, which extends the IP building block roadmap for Infineons award-winning 32-bit product family, incorporates several patent claimed techniques to bring multithreading concepts to embedded control applications. For more information, visit www.infineon.com/tricore
TriCore Chip Implemented by 3 rd Party Design Firm
Electronic system designers that want to implement new chips based on the TriCore architecture have a new 3 rd party service provider source to help create and validate new chip designs. Road Technology Co. (www.roadmap.co.jp), a Tokyo-based provider recently completed its first TriCore-based test chip, which was manufactured on a foundry basis by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC). Road initiated its design using the Synopsys DesignWare® TC1MP-S, a licensable and synthesizable version of the TriCore 1.3 Unified Processor Architecture.