Freescale Semiconductor powers ColdFire processors with new companion IC

To support the new ColdFire families, Freescale has developed a low-cost companion power management integrated circuit (IC), the MC34710.

MC34710 improves cost efficiency and development time for industrial control and network connectivity device designers


PHOENIX - May 17, 2004 - Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), has developed an analog power management integrated circuit (IC) specifically designed to support its latest ColdFire® processor families.

The MC34710 supports numerous designs based on ColdFire technology and is ideal for embedded industrial and network control applications that need multiple voltages for the microprocessor and user circuitry, including point -of -sale terminals, network -attached storage, medical instrumentation and security/access control systems.

The device combines dual adjustable output voltages and built -in voltage sequencing to meet the power management needs of finer -geometry processors that require multiple operating voltages. With a high level of power management integration, the MC34710 has two regulators, supervisory capabilities and protection functions normally found in more expensive solutions. This helps minimize external circuitry, reducing board complexity and parts count.

Users can set voltages or alter them to reduce overall power dissipation under microprocessor control. This allows designers to move between ColdFire devices with differing voltages or to other microcontroller families without changing power supply design.

MC34710 Features
- 5V or 3.3V at 1A switching regulator
- 3.3V/2.5V/1.8V/1.5V @ 500mA low -noise linear regulator
- Integrated oscillator and charge pump circuitry
- On -chip thermal shutdown and error reset circuitry
- Start -up power sequencing, fault detection and system reset/POR capability
- Simple feature configuration via three package pins
- Low -cost 32 -pin thermally enhanced SOIC package

Price and Availability
Samples of the MC34710 power management IC are expected in July 2004. For limited sampling now, contact a Freescale representative. Suggested list price for 10,000 units is $1.35 (USD).

Find more information about this and other Freescale Semiconductor analog devices on the analog section of Motorola's Web site: www.motorola.com/sps.

About the ColdFire families
Building upon the 68K foundation, the variable -length RISC ColdFire architecture is comprised of high -performance cores with industry -leading code density and a rich set of connectivity peripherals. Customers can take advantage of some of the most flexible network connectivity processors available - enabling reduced memory, power dissipation, system board size and system costs. The ColdFire families offer a versatile mix of performance, price, integration and debugging capabilities for embedded systems designers, and are supported by a wide variety of development tools from Freescale and independent suppliers.

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (www.freescale.com) produces semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets for more than 10,000 customers worldwide.

Freescale Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Motorola Inc., has a 50 -year history of innovation and excellence in microelectronics. Based in Austin, Texas, Freescale Semiconductor has design, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Freescale Semiconductor's 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (USD).

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