Low-priced 32-bit microcontrollers deliver high performance
The new STM32F030 Value Line is based on the ARM Cortex-M0 core running at 48 MHz. Unlike similar competing devices, the Value Line enables 8-bit price parity without compromising performance or features, such as a lower core speed or reduced peripherals.
Central to ST’s new Value Line concept is a strong base specification that effectively streamlines component selection and product differentiation. The STM32F030 line of products begins at 16 KByte Flash and 4 KByte RAM in a 20 pin package, and comprises a total of five parts up to 64 KByte Flash, 8 KByte RAM and 32, 48 or 64 pin packages. All variants feature a 12-bit 1Msample/s ADC, 1.2 V internal reference, communication peripherals, temperature sensor and timers capable of supporting ADC synchronization, dead-time management, and PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) timing for motor control. In addition to 48 MHz core frequency, these rich peripherals set the STM32F030 Value Line apart from other entry-level 32-bit families. An internal RTC and 5-channel Direct Memory Access (DMA), which are features not typically available in other microcontrollers at this price level, also help ease application development and improve performance.
Moreover, developers gain entry to ST’s full portfolio of ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers, which includes more than 360 variants applying extensive pin, software and peripherals compatibility between Cortex-M0, M3 and M4 families.
ST is now taking sample orders for the STM32F030 Value Line. Volume production is planned to begin in Q3 2013. The devices are priced as low as $0.32 for high-volume orders.
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