Based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core, these Kinetis K series MCUs are positionsed as cost-effective devices startin at $0.79 (1,000/yr) for an MCU with floating point unit reaching 100 MHz with 64 kB of Flash. The portfolio delivers up to 180 MHz of performance, a floating point unit with 8 kB I/D cache, 2 MB Flash and 256 kB SRAM, all while maintaining power/performance ratios.
Building on the Kinetis L series, K series MCUs have performance/power efficiency ratio improvements over previous generation products; Cortex-M3/-M4 class power efficiency, exceptionally low dynamic power usage while running from 100 to 180 MHz, and seven-times less static power consumption compared to the closest competitor.
Smart system-on-chip integration include a wide range of memory sizes, and increased onboard SRAM addresses customer demand for more memory when adding features such as connectivity and richer human-machine-interfaces. The series’ integration enables lower overall BOM costs, with features such as USB with crystal-less functionality.
Use them in low-power, processing-efficient embedded applications, including: wearables, gaming, IoT data concentrators and end nodes, point-of-sale systems, smart-grid infrastructure, home automation products, and factory automation systems.
Freescale support includes;
· The new Kinetis software development kit (SDK): a comprehensive software framework -- available initially for Kinetis K series MCUs, but planned for future availability across the entire portfolio -- for developing applications based on Kinetis MCUs. The SDK incorporates hardware abstraction layers, RTOS adapters, peripheral drivers, libraries, middleware, utilities, and usage examples.
· The new [ARM] mbed-enabled, low-cost FRDM-K64F Freescale Freedom development platform, compatible with the broad Arduino hardware ecosystem.
· Freescale Processor Expert Software, which helps to create, configure, and generate software and drivers for Freescale microcontrollers.
· Bootloader software for Kinetis MCUs which enables in-system Flash programming over a serial connection and supports erase, program and verification capabilities.
· The broad ARM ecosystem of support with IDEs from Atollic, Green Hills Software, IAR Systems and ARM’s own Keil tools, along with a