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EXEL-ROHM COLLABORATION YIELDS NEW 4-BIT MTP MICROCONTROLLERS

 EXEL-ROHM COLLABORATION YIELDS NEW 4-BIT MTP MICROCONTROLLERS
 SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- EXEL Microelectonics announces the development of four Multiple-Time Programmable (MTP) 8K EEPROM 4-bit microcontrollers. EXEL combining its strength in non- volatile memories and past expertise in E(2)PLDS has created these products as single-chip emulators for a "feature" microcontroller product-line. The MTP products, the first fruits of the EXEL-Rohm co- development, are labeled the XL24E000 series. These products are intended to be used by developers to iteratively code, program and debug until the final version (i.e., a mask revision) is reached. Rohm Co. Ltd., Kyoto, Japan, was instrumental in providing the microcontroller technology for the project.
 The XL24E000 series product is created using modular development concepts. This style contributes to economies of scale in manufacturing and greatly reduces time to market on new products. The products are developed on a CMOS technology and therefore have superior power savings. All of these products feature SLEEP and HALT power-saving stand-by modes. Some of the key peripheral features include on-board A-to-D, LCD display drivers, multi-function timers and dual clock options. Plentiful I/O also provide high-current options, serial communications capability and external wake-up options to exit the stand-by modes.
 The products will be made at EXEL's 883D-compliant Class-10 fab in San Jose using EXEL's proprietary E(2)CMOS technology.
 M. Raj Kumar, marketing manager for microcontroller products at EXEL, mentioned that the product is currently being evaluated by various key customers. "We have already received very positive reviews from the select customers with whom we beta-sited the products," he commented.
 The devices, to be released to the market by December, will be available in 64-pin and 80-pin plastic quad flat-pak versions. More pressure from the market will drive EXEL to review a DIP offering. The products are priced to retail at $75-125 when purchased as single units.
 EXEL hopes to be able to penetrate the Japanese market using its new Japanese operation, EXEL Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. EXEL has had good success in the past shipping non-volatile memory products to the Japanese market. It hopes to increase this success with the MTP microcontroller offering.
 At the time of market release, tools available for these devices include:
 An EEPROM microcontroller programmer XLSMTP24 ($700) to program the various microcontrollers. (Each of the four microcontrollers also requires a personality card XLSPCxx that adapts them to the writer.)
 Target board socket adapters XLSA6xxx.
 An assembler and a well-developed macro library, XLASM1.0 ($150).
 Kumar added that one of EXEL's first moves towards product enhancement is to make the devices in-circuit programmable. This provides a lot of relief, especially when dealing with surface-mount products. EXEL is also researching alternative methods to cost-reduce and improve its development-tool technology.
 EXEL Microelectronics designs, manufactures and markets non-volatile memory products. Its worldwide manufacturing and marketing headquarters are located in San Jose. EXEL's focus is cost-effective, high-volume, high-reliability manufacturing of competitive semiconductor products.
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