June 24, 2008

NEC Electronics America Introduces Trio of CPU Peripherals

Enhancing its lineup of CPU peripherals, NEC Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new application-specific standard products (ASSPs) that provide cost-effective solutions for microcomputer systems. The uPD65881GB-P0x series includes a universal synchronous/asynchronous receiver transmitter (USART), a programmable timer/counter and a parallel interface unit (PIU) for standard applications such as computers, office equipment, communications equipment, test and measurement equipment, and home electronic appliances. Based on NEC Electronics' established 0.5-micron CMOS process, the ASSPs are functionally compatible with the industry-known uPD7105x and uPD825x support chips and provide designers with an easy migration path, a stable supply source and long-term product support.

"Cost, reliability and supply consistency are important success factors for engineers working with standard CPU-based designs and applications," said Kazu Yamada, vice president and general manager, custom SoC solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. "Our manufacturing strategy and established role as a leading semiconductor supplier enable us to deliver a secure supply of high-quality products, ranging from leading-edge technologies to devices designed for functional compatibility between product generations. The new uPD65881GB-P0x CPU peripherals are an example of the technology and support balance we provide to our customers."

The new devices are designed for operation at 5 volts (V) and are available in a 44-pin plastic quad flat pack (QFP) package. In addition to being lead-free to meet current RoHS regulations, all three devices are qualified to support industrial temperature ranges of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius.

About NEC Electronics' CPU Peripherals

The uPD65881GB-P01 programmable timer/counter (http://www.am.necel.com/upd65881gb_p01_pr) delivers high-performance functionality for control of CPU timing by incorporating a range of features, including three independently operated 16-bit counters and six count modes for each counter. The device is functionally compatible with the previous-generation uPD71054 timer/counter and the uPD8253 programmable interval timer.

The uPD65881GB-P02 USART (http://www.am.necel.com/upd65881gb_p02_pr) is capable of synchronous, asynchronous or bisynchronous serial communication with standard microcontrollers (MCUs). Features include low-power standby mode, error detection for parity, overrun and framing and compatibility with the previous-generation uPD71051 and uPD8251 USARTs.

The uPD65881GB-P03 PIU (http://www.am.necel.com/upd65881gb_p03_pr) delivers operations ranging from basic input/output up to high-level handshake protocols. The PIU is MCU-compatible and features three 8-bit I/O ports, three programmable operating modes and no-wait operation. The new device is compatible with the previous-generation uPD71055 unit and the uPD8255 programmable peripheral interface chip.

More information about NEC Electronics' CPU peripherals can be found at http://www.am.necel.com/nec_cpuperipheral_pr.


The uPD65881GB-P0x devices are available now through Avnet Electronics Marketing (http://em.avnet.com). Customers with appropriate applications may request free samples from Avnet. For complete details on ordering free samples, visit Avnet Electronics Marketing's "Special Offer" page at http://em.avnet.com/neccpuperipherals.

NEC Electronics America partners with Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc., to market and sell a broad range of products, including gate arrays, MCUs, flat panel display modules, memory products, digital A/V devices, interface technologies and microprocessors. Avnet is also a Certified Design House for NEC Electronics' gate array products in the Americas.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.

NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TOKYO: 6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of consumer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by NEC Electronics America can be found at http://www.am.necel.com.

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