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Silicon Laboratories Announces High Performance MCU In 2 x 2 mm2 Package

May 26, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Silicon Laboratories Inc. announced the expansion of what it describes as its best-in-class small form factor microcontrollers (MCUs) with the C8051T606 8-bit mixed-signal MCU. Said to be the world’s smallest MCU, the C8051T606 provides a high degree of functional density for programmable embedded systems in a tiny 2 x 2 mm² footprint.

The company says that the CPU enables greater design flexibility, and the integration of a voltage monitor and precision oscillator make the T606 well suited for space-constrained applications such as portable consumer products and accessories, gateways, and LED lighting.

According to the company, the T606 offers higher levels of performance and integrated on-chip hardware peripherals giving customers design flexibility while reducing system complexity and cost. For example, the hardware implementation of I²C and UART on-chip leaves valuable code space for customer application code unlike competing solutions that require a software implementation of these features, wasting code space and CPU MIPs. An integrated 24.5 MHz precision internal oscillator and flexible UART baud rate generator allow UART communications over the full temperature and supply voltage range without the addition of a crystal. This is said to save cost, board space, and increase reliability.

Additionally, with a 25 MHz CPU, the T606 is said to offer the highest level of processing power in its class, enabling real-time control, high-speed serial communication, fast interrupt servicing, and real time conversion between two different communications ports. The CPU combined with the programmable counter array (PCA) also allows a customer to implement proprietary and custom interface protocols without requiring an ASIC.

"Silicon Labs offers small footprint MCU solutions that don’t compromise on important features and performance, providing customers tangible benefits in the form of system cost savings, reduced complexity and improved design flexibility," said Mark Thompson, Vice President of Silicon Laboratories. "The T606 is the industry’s smallest 8-bit MCU, packing a powerful mixed signal feature set into a very small footprint."

The C8051T606 Small Form Factor MCU family is available now with pricing beginning at $0.50 in quantities of 10K.