Freescale plans highest-performance Kinetis MCUs with ARM Cortex-M7 Core

September 25, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Freescale Semiconductor has announced its proposed use of the new ARM Cortex-M7 core, which it intends to use to increase performance and power efficiency in forthcoming embedded SoCs.

Freescale claims the “broadest range of compatible and scalable MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M cores”, with software and hardware compatibility across six Kinetis series, while offering the choice of general purpose or application specific features.

“The new ARM Cortex-M7 processor delivers truly exceptional performance and energy efficiency,” said Denis Cabrol, head of global marketing and business development for Freescale's MCU group. The ARM Cortex-M7 provides up to two times the performance of ARM Cortex-M4 solutions, while delivering faster connectivity and powerful localised processing for markets including motor control, power conversion, IoT and connectivity applications. This ARM technology holds the potential to produce MCUs featuring world class performance, Freescale adds, bringing the benefits and scalability of the ARM ecosystem to higher-end embedded applications.

ARM’s Noel Hurley, general manager, CPU group comments, “....with double the compute and digital signal processing (DSP) capability of today’s most powerful ARM-based MCUs, we expect the Cortex-M7 to be at the heart of a range of innovative, performance-driven embedded applications.”