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TI announces major expansion of embedded processor portfolio with 30+ new ARM® devices spanning Cortex™-M3, Cortex-A8 and ARM9 family cores

  • 29 new Stellaris® ARM Cortex-M3 technology-based microcontrollers

  • Introducing Sitara™ family of ARM9 and ARM Cortex-A8 technology-based microprocessors

  • Unparalleled scalability from $1 to 1GHz in future devices

SANTA CLARA — ARM TechCon3 (October 21, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced the major expansion of its embedded processor portfolio, adding 31 new ARM® processors that provide customers with scalable solutions ranging from a $1 to greater than 1 GHz in future devices. The new processors include 29 Stellaris Cortex™-M3 microcontrollers (MCU) and the first two devices in the new Sitara™ family of ARM9 family and Cortex-A8 technology-based microprocessors (MPUs). This portfolio expansion builds on TI’s recent Luminary Micro acquisition and adds to the industry’s broadest range of ARM technology-based processors offered by a single supplier. For more information, visit www.ti.com/arm-pr.

TI’s ARM portfolio offers customers a differentiated product offering through the availability of a complete signal chain including power-efficient processors with application specific peripherals, multiple package options and temperature ranges as well as complementary analog components, tools and software. This robust offering empowers customers to innovate in an extremely diverse mix of end equipments, including industrial automation, test and measurement, medical instrumentation, HVAC, remote monitoring, motion control and point-of-sales, among many others.

The key to TI’s ARM strategy is scalability. With software development driving 50% of a product’s total development costs*, TI understands that designers must drive multiple products from one development effort to stay competitive under time-to-market and cost pressures. By offering an extensive portfolio of embedded ARM devices that span several generations of code compatible ARM architectures, TI enables customers to scale performance, utilize numerous peripherals and drive down system cost with enough headroom for differentiated features and future flexibility.

“We are proud to see a long-term partner like Texas Instruments, who has shipped more than five billion ARM Powered® devices, expanding its portfolio of ARM technology-based products,” said Mike Inglis, EVP processor division, ARM. “With a wide selection of performance, peripherals and value, TI has leveraged the ARM architecture to create a highly scalable hardware and software development platform that truly does provide developers with the option of never having to change architectures again.”

Stellaris MCUs — Expansion of the industry’s largest embedded ARM portfolio brings more flexible memory, connectivity and package options along with reduced pricing

  • Rapid growth of the Stellaris platform with 29 new MCUs to join the existing 138 MCUs that range from 20 MHz to 100 MHz and 8K flash to 256K flash, focusing on applications in energy, security and connectivity markets
  • Designed by ARM’s lead partners in the development of the Cortex-M3 core, new Stellaris devices include unique IP for motion control applications, intelligent analog functionality and expanded advanced connectivity options (10/100 Ethernet MAC+PHY, USB Host/Device, USB On-the-Go support, Bosch 2.0 A/B CAN support)
  • Immediate price reduction averaging 13 percent across the family, resulting from TI manufacturing efficiencies
  • Extended pin-compatible offerings and new compact package options for space and cost savings

Sitara MPUs — ARM9 family and Cortex-A8 MPUs inspire innovation through combination of high performance, low power and BOM savings

  • New platform of high performance ARM9 family and Cortex-A8 technology-based embedded MPUs with speeds ranging from 375 MHz to greater than 1GHz in future devices
  • Embedded developers can immediately leverage the scalability and performance of this family with two new Cortex-A8 technology-based devices (AM3505 and AM3517) available today and several ARM9 solutions in the coming months
  • Availability of peripheral combinations to drive down system cost and enable multiple connectivity options (CAN, USB 2.0, EMAC, universal parallel port, SATA and a programmable real-time unit)
  • Support of Linux, Windows® Embedded CE and a host of real-time operating systems allows developers to leverage an active community of Linux developers and TI’s extensive ecosystem of development partners
  • Extensive software, development tools and support through ARM, TI and TI’s developer network
  • Today's Sitara processors leverage the low power process technology from TI’s OMAP applications processors

Comprehensive development tools

TI’s commitment to delivering the broadest range of ARM technology-based processors to its customers is equaled by its commitment to providing low-cost, easy-to-use development tools to accelerate development and facilitate code reuse. These include ARM embedded software development tools, as well as reference code, drivers, peripheral libraries and a wide breadth of operating system support. Developers can also utilize TI and ARM’s comprehensive ecosystem of partners offering expert hardware, software, tools, training and design support.

Find out more about TI’s extensive ARM technology-based portfolio of products by visiting the links below:

* Software development costs include labor, software licensing fees, and infrastructure to support development and deployment. Source: VDC Research Group, 2008 Embedded System Engineering Databooks

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About Texas Instruments

Designed to make the world smart, healthy, safe, green and fun, TI’s complete portfolio of embedded processors equip electronics manufacturers with industry-leading signal processing, analog and software solutions. TI is continuing to make investments in its embedded processing portfolio that consists of digital signal processors (DSPs), microcontrollers (MCUs) and an extensive ARM portfolio that spans multiple cores from Cortex™-M3, ARM9 and Cortex™-8 with roadmaps to future cores. In addition, TI is focused on creating best in class software and development tools and complementary analog parts that enrich the lives of their consumers with new, groundbreaking technologies. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.

Trademarks

Stellaris and StellarisWare are registered trademarks, and Sitara is a trademark of Texas Instruments, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders.

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Cortex and ARM9 are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Limited.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; ARM Norway, AS and ARM Sweden AB

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