Fujitsu Introduces High-Performance 8-bit Flash MCUs for Appliances, Digital Audio-Video Applications

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 2 /CNW/ -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America,
Inc. (FMA) today introduced a pair of 8-bit microcontrollers, the MB95F128 and
MB95F168M, for use in household appliances and digital audio/video equipment.
The two MCUs are the newest additions to the F2MC-8FX family of 8-bit
microcontrollers, which feature low power consumption and high performance.
    "Demand for high-performance, low-power, 8-bit microcontrollers for use
in appliances is growing worldwide," said Akio Nezu, senior manager, Embedded
Solutions Business Group, Fujitsu Microelectronics America. "These new
microcontrollers, as well as the entire F2MC-8FX family, are excellent design
choices for digital audio/video equipment and white goods.
    "Flash microcontrollers are a core product line at Fujitsu, and the
company's goal is to offer the customer three key benefits:  availability,
reliability, and technological advancement. Fujitsu offers a complete range of
market-proven microcontrollers, including CAN and other automotive
controllers, as well as controllers for digital media devices and household
appliances," Nezu added.
    The two new models incorporate built-in LCD controllers, with flashing
LCD displays that include hardware-based settings. These can flash each
character individually, eliminating the need to control LCD flashing through
software. The new MCUs also have dual-use LCD power pins and display output
pins that can be used as general-purpose I/O pins, so the devices can be used
in other applications.
    With 60KB Flash memory, the MB95F128 comes in a 100-pin LQFP package and
runs on either 5V or 3V, making it appropriate as an LCD controller for low-
voltage devices such as phones and electronic blood pressure meters. The
MB95F168M with 60KB Flash memory comes in a 64-pin LQFP package that runs at
5V, making it suitable for LCDs on microwave ovens, rice cookers, electric
heaters and other appliances.

    Pricing and Availability
    Common evaluation boards and development tools are already available for
the product family, and a single evaluation environment supports development
for every package in this family. The MB95F128 is available now, with prices
at $4.37 each in sample quantities. The MB95F168M will be available in the
second quarter with prices starting at $3.91 each.

    About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other
markets throughout North and South America. For product information, visit the
company web site at or address e-mail to

    NOTE:  All product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information:

For further information: Emi Igarashi of Fujitsu Microelectronics
America,  Inc., +1-408-737-5647, or; or Dick Davies
of IPRA,  +1-415-652-7515, or, for Fujitsu

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