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The First Toshiba ARM Cortex®-M0 Microcontroller Optimized for Smart Meters Low-power 32-bit Device Combines Cortex-M0 Core with On-board Peripherals Dedicated to Smart Meter Designs

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced a new 32-bit RISC microcontroller built around the ARM Cortex®-M0 processor core. The new TMPM061 is the first Toshiba Cortex-M0 device specifically designed for smart metering applications. The new microcontroller allows designers to replace the conventional two-chip analog front end (AFE) and processor approach to smart meter design with a single IC, delivering a savings in design footprint, component count and system cost.

"Thanks to their heightened accuracy for tracking power consumption, smart meters help to promote energy efficiency," said Andrew Burt, vice president, Analog and Imaging Business Unit, System LSI Group, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.  "To enable our customers to get new smart meter designs to market more quickly and at lower price points, we've developed the TMPM061 microcontroller.  The device's high level of integration and support for features specifically designed to support smart meter applications make it a compelling choice."

ARM's smallest processor, the ARM Cortex-M0 delivers exceptionally small silicon area, low power and minimal code footprint, making it ideal for smart meter designs. Toshiba has used this core for its new microcontroller's main CPU, while deploying an onboard power calculation engine to simplify smart meter power measurement. The power calculation engine can calculate active energy, reactive energy and power factor as well as monitoring voltage and frequency fluctuation. The basic energy use calculation function can be updated and modified by the developer as necessary, enhancing design flexibility.

In addition to the power calculation engine, the TMPM061 offers a variety of on-board functions that minimize the component count of smart meter designs. These include a three-channel, high-precision 24-bit Delta-Sigma, analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a 10-bit ADC and a temperature-compensated real-time clock (RTC). The Delta-Sigma ADC supports simultaneous sampling at up to 6kHz and has a SINAD (signal-to-noise and distortion ratio) that is suitable for a residential meter.

Toshiba is providing the TMPM061 with up to 128Kbytes of on-chip Flash ROM and 8Kbytes of available on-chip RAM. Additional on-board peripherals include a 9-channel, 16-bit timer, a controller for directly driving an LCD display, a temperature sensor, a voltage detection circuit and a watchdog timer. Integrated connectivity comprises a 5-channel general-purpose serial interface (selectable between UART mode and synchronous mode) and a serial bus interface. The latter offers a choice of I2C bus mode or synchronous mode operation.

The TMPM061FWFG is supplied in a 14mm x 14mm 100-pin LQFP package and will operate with input voltages from 1.8V to 3.6V. Maximum operating frequency is 16MHz. Four standby modes (IDLE, SLOW, SLEEP, STOP) ensure minimum power consumption for a range of conditions.

Pricing and Availability
Samples of the new microcontroller will be available from August 2012, with mass production scheduled for December 2012. Sample quantity pricing is $3.50 each.

About TAEC
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs.  Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide.  A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2011 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, March, 2012). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice.  Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.  In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at www.chips.toshiba.com, or from your TAEC representative.

Cortex is a registered trademark of ARM Ltd.
Editors Note: Reader inquiries please publish: Tech.Questions@taec.toshiba.com

Company Contact:
Deborah Chalmers

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Tel.: (408) 526-2454
deborah.chalmers@taec.toshiba.com

Reader Inquiries: Tech.Questions@taec.toshiba.com

SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.



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