ARM microcontrollers with 1MB Flash memory support FOTA

ARM microcontrollers with 1MB Flash memory support FOTA

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH has started mass production of new microcontrollers (TMPM3HxF10xx) in the M3H group of the TXZ+™ Family Advanced Class, manufactured in a 40nm process.

In recent years, the need for larger program capacity and support for FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) updates has grown significantly. This is driven by ever-increasing adoption of digital technology, especially within the IoT, and also by the increasingly advanced functionality required in various devices.

With the newly released products, Toshiba expands the maximum code flash memory capacity of the M3H group from the previous 512KB to 1MB and RAM capacity from 66KB to 130KB. Within its M3H group of products, Toshiba now offers four code flash options with combinations of seven different packages.

Existing features, such as an ARM® Cortex®-M3 core running at speeds up to 120 MHz and 32KB data flash memory with 100K program/erase cycle endurance have been maintained. These microcontrollers also offer various interface and motor control options, including UART, I2C, Encoder, and Programmable Motor Driver (PMD). Toshiba’s lineup of microcontrollers in the M3H group are suitable for IoT and advanced functionality in a wide range of applications including motors, home appliances, and industrial equipment.

Within the new products, the 1MB code flash memory is implemented with two separate areas of 512KB each, thereby allowing instructions to be read and executed from one area, while the updated code is programmed into the other area simultaneously. Additionally, firmware rotation is supported by an area swap functionality – the key advancement within these new devices (along with the increased memory).

The new M3H group products include UART and I2C as mentioned, along with TSPI, a two-unit DMAC, and an LCD controller to meet the challenging requirements of the majority of consumer and industrial applications.

The new devices support a wide variety of sensing applications with a high-speed, high-precision 12-bit analog/digital converter (ADC) that allows two types of sample and hold (S&H) times to be set for each of the 21 ADC input channels. In addition, they are ideal for controlling AC motors and brushless DC (BLDC) motors in combination with an advanced PMD circuit that can operate synchronously with the high-speed, high-precision ADC.

The self-diagnosis functions incorporated in the devices for the flash memory, RAM, ADC and clock help customers to achieve IEC60730 Class B functional safety certification.

Alongside the microcontrollers, a new evaluation platform is available. Created in partnership with MikroElektronika, the CLICKER 4 for TMPM3H board, combined with the CLICKER 4 Inverter Shield, is a simple to use and cost-effective solution for experimenting with BLDC motor control scenarios. It is supported by the MCU Motor Studio software available from the Toshiba website . This simple, well-structured, and versatile software package features two main components: a Motor Control PC Tool that allows parameter configuration, drive control, real-time logging and diagnostics via high-speed UART as well as a scalable, fully configurable Motor Control Firmware for the M3H MCU.

Documentation, sample software with actual usage examples, and driver software that controls the interfaces for each peripheral can be downloaded here.

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