CHIP DESIGNER ARM has launched its 32-bit Cortex M0+ processor to power sensors and control systems.
ARM's Cortex M0+ is a 32-bit processor that can be fabbed using what most people would think of as an archaic 90nm process node. However not only does it make the chip low-cost, the firm claims the chip uses just 9µA/MHz.
ARM announced that Freescale and NXP, the firm that developed a significant part of the technology behind near field communications, have already licensed the design. ARM is pitching the Cortex M0+ for control systems found in cars and vast sensor control applications, and managed to use the Internet of Things buzzphrase that researchers have been using for years to drum up funding for projects.
Dr Reza Kazerounian, SVP and GM of Freescale's Automotive, Industrial and Multi-Market Solutions group said, "The addition of products built on the Cortex M0+ processor will make our fast-growing Kinetis MCU line one of the industry's most scalable portfolios based on the ARM Cortex architecture. With the ability to reuse code, higher performance and improved energy efficiency, the Cortex M0+ processor will enable designers to transition from legacy 8-bit and 16-bit proprietary architectures to our new Kinetis devices, without sacrificing cost and ease of use benefits."
ARM said the Cortex M0+ is supported by the ARM Keil Microcontroller Development Kit, which integrates the firm's compilation tools with the Keil µVision IDE and debugger. µ