April 2, 2012 -- Energy Micro SA has extended its EFM32 Gecko family of microcontrollers with the addition of products supplied in very-thin, fine-pitch BGA48 packaging. Based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, new Tiny Gecko devices suit applications with extreme space constraints, such as wireless sensing nodes, home automation systems and portable health and fitness products.
Despite their small size (4x4x1mm), the VFBGA48 Tiny Gecko devices include all of the energy- friendly peripherals for which the Gecko family is noted including the LESENSE low-energy sensor interface, and the company's low-power LCD driver technology.
The LESENSE function block, a generic low energy sensor interface, enables monitoring of a mix of up to 16 capacitive, inductive or resistive sensors independently of the processor core. This lets designers maintain basic functionality while keeping the processor in sleep or shut-off mode for as long as possible.
The Cortex-M3 Tiny Gecko microcontroller runs at a clock speed of up to 32MHz. Equipped with memory configurations up to 32kBytes of Flash memory and 4kBytes of RAM, the new RoHS-compliant VFBGA48 devices will be available in sample quantities in Q3 2012, with pricing starting at $1.82 at 100K devices.
Go to the Energy Micro AS website to find additional information.