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Silicon Laboratories Announces Highly Integrated 8-Bit MCU For Cost-Sensitive Applications

March 07, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Silicon Laboratories Inc. announced what the company claims is the most highly integrated 8-bit MCU combining a 25 MIPS CPU, 10-bit 500 ksps ADC and an internal +/-2 % oscillator in a 3x3 mm package. The C8051T60x product family adds to Silicon Laboratories’ portfolio of over 60 high-performance Small Form Factor MCUs. The C8051T60x is well-suited for consumer and industrial applications including toys, camera modules, cell phone accessories, portable devices, home appliances and motor controllers.

With the highest functional density in the 8-bit MCU market, the C8051T60x is claimed to enable designers to easily work within space constraints. By using a highly integrated solution, manufacturers are able to decrease the number of external components and board space and ease design while reducing the total system cost. The C8051T60x is also pin-compatible with Silicon Laboratories’ C8051F30x Flash-based MCU family to allow both upgraded and lower-cost product versions without requiring the designer to develop multiple hardware platforms. In addition, the C8051T60x provides a full-featured development kit containing all the hardware and software required to develop an embedded system, including a socket-to-program one-time programmable (OTP) memory. The C8051T60x incorporates 8 kB of OTP memory, PWM, timers, SMBus and UART. The result is unparalleled performance compared to similarly sized competing chips.

"The C8051T60x is the first mixed-signal 8-bit MCU with unprecedented functionality designed for cost- and space-sensitive applications," said Derrell Coker, Vice President of Silicon Laboratories. "With the highest performance and integration in a small form factor, the C8051T60x enables manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively design high-performance products."

The C8051T60x Small Form Factor MCU family is available now with pricing beginning at $0.45 in quantities of 10K.