Electronic Design

32-Bit MCU Mixes Multimedia With Low Power Control

The AT32AP7000 represents the first of Atmel's AVR32 32-bit microcontroller family (see "A New Player In The 32-Bit Processor Field" at ED Online 11939 at www.electronicdesign.com). Its new architecture incorporates vector processing and power-management support that includes a split bus architecture and dynamic frequency scaling. It features a 1.8-V core and handles 3.3-V I/O.

Peripherals include DMA support, dual Ethernet media-access controllers, a USB 2.0 device, IDE/Compact Flash/MMC/SD interfaces, four serial ports with IrDA support, two SPI ports, three synchronous ports, a PS/2 port, AC'97 plus a 16-bit stereo audio-DAC, and VGA and CMOS-camera support. Maximum LCD controller resolution is 2048 by 2048. And, it offers 32 kbytes of SRAM and a double-data-rate DRAM controller. Pricing for the AT32AP7000, housed in a 256BGA package, starts at $8.50. The STK1000 development kit costs $499.

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