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Fujitsu Releases 44 Products as Initial Offering of New FM3 Family of 32-bit Microcontrollers.

Yokohama, Japan, Nov 4, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited today announced the release of 44 microcontrollers, the initial offering of chips from its new FM3 family of 32-bit general-purpose RISC microcontrollers using the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 core. Samples of the new chips will begin shipping from late November 2010, with volume shipping to be gradually rolled out starting in late January 2011.

FM3 is a family of 32-bit microcontrollers that employ the ARM Cortex-M3 global-standard processor core, and incorporate a wide variety of peripheral features which have been cultivated during Fujitsu's years of experience developing its FR microcontrollers. In terms of existing markets for 32-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers, the FM3 family will offer the High-Performance MB9BF500/400/300/100 Series for the 32-bit market, which demands high-speed performance, and the Basic MB9AF100 Series for the 16-bit market, which requires superior cost-performance and low power consumption.

The FM3 family, which employs the high-performance ARM Cortex-M3 core, combines Fujitsu's wealth of experience in implementing ASIC products using ARM cores with the peripheral features cultivated through the FR microcontroller family, which has gained broad market acceptance. As an initial offering, Fujitsu will begin volume production of a total of 44 products from both the high-performance and basic product lines.

The product lineup has been enhanced to include models for use in from high-performance applications that require advanced control, such as factory automation systems, to basic applications, such as major home appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.), digital consumer devices and office automation devices.

Through collaborations with approximately 700 third-party ARM vendors both inside and outside of Japan, as well as strengthening of its technical support department and technical sales units, Fujitsu will propose proprietary solutions. In addition, Fujitsu will contribute to the development of its customers' products by establishing technical support units at 18 locations outside of Japan, and by enhancing its global support structure.

1.High-Performance MB9B500/400/300/100 Series

The High-Performance MB9B500/400/300/100 Series is based on a core designed to enable superior processing performance while consuming less power. The series features peripheral functions that have been cultivated through the FR family of microcontrollers and have been optimized for use in servo control for factory automation applications and in inverter control, to increase system power efficiency.

Through its high-speed CPU and flash memory, the microcontroller can respond without time lag at up to 60MHz. In addition, through its high-speed 12-bit A/D converter (1.0micro-s), as well as its rich array of timers, USB2.0 Host/Function, CAN, and ability to operate with a wide range of power supplies (5.5V to 2.7V), the microcontroller offers the perfect motor solution for use in servo control for factory automation applications.

2.Basic MB9A100 Series

The Basic MB9A100 Series features limited versions of the advanced peripheral functions of the high-performance product line, as well as power saving technology. Optimized for use primarily in major home appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.), digital consumer devices and office automation devices, the performance of this series is higher than that of conventional 16-bit microcontrollers.

Features of the FM3 Family

1.High-reliability, high-speed flash memory is among the industry's fastest

The microcontrollers are embedded with high-speed, high-reliability NOR flash memory that boasts a long track record and years of refinement. The memory is designed for 100,000 write cycles and can retain data for up to 20 years. Featuring among the fastest memory access in its class, it can respond with no lag time at up to 60MHz.

2.Peripheral macros for high-precision motor control

In addition to including peripheral features from the FR microcontroller family, which has a proven reputation in motor control applications, Fujitsu has implemented a wide variety of newly-improved peripheral macros in order to meet the needs of high-precision motor control.

In particular, equipped with a high-precision and high-speed 12-bit A/D converter (+/-2LSB 1.0micro-s conversion), the microcontroller's high-precision sampling enables fine-tuned motor control and demonstrates its true potential when employed in high-precision, high-speed servo motors and other equipment in factory automation applications. The microcontroller's 3-unit 12-bit A/D with up to 16 channels allows for improved positional accuracy, making fine-tuned motor control possible.

Although the rotational position of the motor has conventionally been detected through software using the CPU, the FM3 family includes a new motor rotational position sensing counter, enabling automatic detection and making it possible to reduce the CPU workload. Employing this product makes it possible to reduce the amount of power consumed by inverter systems.

3.Applicable in a wide range of applications using different power supply systems

The FM3 family of microcontrollers can operate on 5.5V-2.7V power supply. Most microcontrollers using Cortex-M3 cores operate only on power supply of 3.6V or lower, so they cannot be used for 5V systems. The FM3 family of microcontrollers, on the other hand, meets the market's strongly-rooted need for microcontrollers that operate on 5V, making them ideal for applications such as factor automation equipment and major home appliances.
Sample MB9BF506RPMC
Price 650 Yen
Release Schedule Sequentially, from late November 2010
Sales Target 1 million units/month from 2011 (Mass-product)

About Fujitsu Semiconductor

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors, providing highly reliable, optimal solutions and support to meet the varying needs of its customers. Products and services include microcontrollers, ASICs, ASSPs, and power management ICs, with wide-ranging expertise focusing on mobile, ecological, automotive, imaging, security, and high-performance applications. Fujitsu Semiconductor also drives power efficiency and environmental initiatives. Headquartered in Yokohama, Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited (formerly named Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited) was established as a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited on March 21, 2008. Through its global sales and development network, with sites in Japan and throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Fujitsu Semiconductor offers semiconductor solutions to the global marketplace. For more information:

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. For more information, please see:

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