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Floating-point MCU boasts -55°C to 210°C range

Posted: 11 Mar 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:floating-point  microcontroller  MCU 

Texas Instruments Inc. unveils the SM320F28335-HT Delfino, a floating-point 32bit MCU that can operate from -55°C to 210°C. Thus it claims to bust the traditional 150°C limit for other high-temperature semiconductors providing real-time measurement and control for manufacturers of electronics operating in harsh and hot environments, such as downhole drilling, commercial jet engines, motor control, military applications, and medical instruments and surgical tools requiring sterilisation.

The MCU is based on TI's TMS320C2000 MCU platform that combines control peripheral integration and embedded flash memory with the processing power of 32bit floating-point architecture. Enabling operation at up to 210°C eliminates the need for expensive up-screening and qualification tests of industrial grade MCUs, allowing for faster design of applications operating in harsh environments and cutting development time by up to one year. Packaging options, such as ceramic and Known Good Die (KGD), provide the smallest form factors for space-constrained applications.

The device is available today in a hermetic ceramic pin grid array package. Pricing is Rs.18,633.13 ($406.25) in 100-unit quantities.

The TMS320F28335 Experimenter Kit, which is based on the commercial grade, code-compatible version of the F28335 Delfino MCU, is also immediately available for experimentation and code development for the new high-temperature version. The kit is priced at Rs.4,540.75 ($99).

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