Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
ARCTURUS ENABLES LATEST FREESCALE COLDFIRE® MICROPROCESSOR
Non-recurring engineering (NRE)-free VoIP-based digital voice software solution was designed in partnership with Encore Software and Arcturus Networks specifically for industrial and consumer applications.
AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 24, 2010 – Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the ColdFire MCF5301x 32-bit family of microprocessors (MPUs) to help designers get the most performance from their industrial and consumer applications while providing low power consumption.
The highly integrated MCF5301x family, based on the V3 ColdFire core, combines low power and extensive connectivity options with an audio subsystem to create a powerful platform for general industrial control applications, including the optional digital voice solution for intercom and public address systems.
The audio subsystem includes a speech coder-decoder (CODEC), microphone, headset and loudspeaker amplifiers. In addition, an optional non-recurring engineering (NRE)-free VoIP-based digital voice software solution was designed in partnership with Encore Software and Arcturus Networks specifically for industrial and consumer applications.
The MCF5301x family includes multiple connectivity options, including dual 10/100 Ethernet media access controllers (MACs), two smart card interfaces, two USB controllers and an SDIO host controller for easy connection to flash memory cards or wireless connectivity modules, such as the Redpine‘s n-link™ 802.11n Wi-Fi modules. In addition, the V3 ColdFire CPU with enhanced multiply accumulate unit, 16 KB of cache and 128 KB of integrated SRAM, provides a high level of performance for embedded control with industry-leading low power consumption across all operating modes.
Ease of use
The MCF5301x is supported by a rich ecosystem of Freescale and third-party hardware and software tools. Freescale’s CodeWarrior™ Development studio for Microcontrollers v.7.2 offers a comprehensive tool suite that supports software development for future migration opportunities for 8-bit, 16-bit or 32-bit designs.
The MCF5301x 32-bit MPUs are available now, with suggested resale pricing in 10,000-unit quantities starting at $7.99 (USD). To simplify board design, Freescale offers a cost-effective evaluation board kit and other development tools:
- Evaluation Boards (M53015EVB): MSRP $599
- Digital Voice Solution Kit (M53017KIT): MSRP $799
- Production Ready Digital Voice Module (M53017MOD): MSRP at 1,000-unit quantities $118
For more information about the MCF5301x MPUs, demonstration board kit and development tools, visit www.freescale.com/coldfire.
About Arcturus Networks Inc.
Arcturus Networks Inc. is a leader in providing embedded solutions for communication and industrial applications. Recognized as a pioneer of uClinux, Arcturus has contributed to the innovation of thousands of products and helped to establish embedded Linux solutions as a defacto global standard. Arcturus simplifies product development by creating enabling technologies including a line of product-ready hardware modules, corresponding open source OS packages and middleware solutions for device management, voice and media. Arcturus middleware is award winning and certified interoperable by leading infrastructure vendors. For more information, visit http://www.arcturusnetworks.com.
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