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Switzerland : STMicroelectronics Ships Milestone STM8 Microcontroller

May 22, 2014

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and a leading supplier of embedded microcontrollers, has announced the shipment of its one billionth STM8 8-bit microcontroller. The one billionth device was shipped to lighting-control manufacturer Lutron Electronics.

Offering outstanding levels of performance and cost-effectiveness, the general-purpose STM8 family suits a wide range of industrial and home-appliance applications, as well as automotive, low-voltage, and battery-operated products via its high-performance 8-bit core and a state-of-the-art set of peripherals.

With significant input from Lutron and others over time, ST has developed the STM8 to enable high integration by embedding non-volatile data memory and excellent analog performance across a wide voltage range from 1.65V to 5.5V, said Daniel Colonna, Microcontrollers Marketing Director, STMicroelectronics. The short, 5-year ramp to 1 billion devices, and Lutron s continuing commitment and dedication to the microcontroller, demonstrate the value of the STM8 to our customers, the market, and ST.

With the industry s continuing emphasis on reducing the overall system cost, the STM8 platform is an ideal performer. The microcontroller leverages a Harvard architecture with 16-bit index registers and stack pointer, a 16Mbyte linear address space, advanced addressing modes, and other features designed to optimally support C-programming to deliver leading-edge CPU performance in both speed and code density. The core reaches an average of 1.6 cycles per instruction with 20 MIPS of peak performance at 24MHz using a 3-stage pipeline.

Moreover, the STM8 platform offers on-chip Flash program memory sizes to 128K and real embedded EEPROM with a performance in endurance and retention comparable to external components. Technology options allow high-speed operation, as well as drastically reduced power consumption.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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