ARM Cortex-M0-based MCUs shaped around printer function set

February 20, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
A series of microcontrollers from Toshiba adds to its ARM Cortex-M0-based line is aimed primarily at printers, with increased communication and timer channels for optimised operation.

TMPM036FWFG is optimised for traditional and multi-function printers (MFP), and also for consumer electronics, digital devices and industrial machinery. Printer MCUs need to communicate with the main control unit and on-board peripherals units. They also need to have a timer function that can output pulses to control stepping motors and DC motors. As the first step to developing more fully featured MFPs and printers an increased number of communication channels is required.

The TMPM036FWFG has an ARM Cortex-M0 core, operating at a maximum frequency of 20 MHz and across a voltage range of 2.3 to 3.6V. System development cost-efficiency is improved by use of the same development environment system as for the current ARM Cortex-M-based TX03/TX04 series.

In a LQFP100-pin package, measuring 14 ×14 mm with a 0.5 mm pitch, the TMPM036FWFG offers more communication and timer function channels than its predecessor, the TMPM037FWUG, which is housed in a LQFP64-pin package. The new IC incorporates an 8-channel communication interface (6-channel SIO/UART; 2-channel I²C), two channels more than the predecessor IC, and a 14-channel 16-bit timer, compared to the 10 channels in the TMPM037FWUG.

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