Maxim's family of DARWIN MCUs (http://bit.ly/DARWIN_MCUs) combine the company's wearable-grade power technology with the biggest embedded memories in their class and some of the most advanced embedded security in the world. These are devices with the lowest power active-mode and advanced power management features, adding low power SRAM retention modes to extend battery life. The new MAX32660 and MAX32652 microcontrollers also offer integration with other high-speed peripherals including SD card controllers, high-speed USB 2.0, TFT display, and external memory - and they leverage Maxim's best-in-class security toolbox.
The new MAX32660 is a powerful processing in the tiniest form factor. Memory, size, power consumption, and processing power are critical features for engineers designing more complex algorithms for smarter IoT applications. Existing solutions today offer two extremes – they either have decent power consumption but limited processing and memory capabilities, or they have higher power consumption with more powerful processors and more memory. The MAX32660 offers designers a sweet spot, giving them access to enough memory to run some advanced algorithms and manage sensors (256KB flash and 96KB SRAM). They also offer excellent power performance (down to 50 mW/MHz), impressively small size (1.6mm x 1.6mm in WLP package), and a cost-effective price point. Developers can now build more intelligent sensors and systems that are smaller and lower in cost, while also providing a longer battery life.
The MAX32652 microcontroller is designed for low power with scalable memory. As IoT devices become more intelligent, they start requiring more memory and additional embedded processors which can each be very expensive and power hungry. The MAX32652 offers an alternative for designers who can benefit from the low power consumption of an embedded microcontroller with the capabilities of a higher powered applications processor. With 3MB flash and 1MB SRAM integrated on-chip and running up to 120 MHz, the MAX32652 offers a highly-integrated solution for battery-powered connected devices that strive to do more processing and provide more intelligence. Integrated high-speed peripherals such as high-speed USB 2.0, secure digital (SD) card controller, a thin-film transistor (TFT) display, and a complete security engine position the MAX32652 as the low-power brain for advanced IoT devices. With the added capability to run from external memories over HyperBus or XcellaBus, the MAX32652 can be designed to do even more tomorrow, providing designers a future-proof memory architecture and anticipating the increasing demands of smart devices.
"These microcontrollers offer advanced features that enable designers to grow their applications beyond what they can currently do," says Prem Nayar, Director for the Micros, Security and Software Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. "Designers used to have to prioritize two out of these three key features: lower power, better performance or better system cost. With our new low power microcontrollers, they can choose all three."
The MAX32660 and MAX32652 are both available at Maxim's website and select authorized distributors. MAX32660EVKIT# and MAX32652EVKIT# evaluation kits are also both available at Maxim's website.
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