Expanded line-up of microcontrollers for printers

25 February 2015

Toshiba Electronics has launched a new microcontroller as the latest addition to its ARM Cortex-M0-based TX00 series. 

The new IC is optimised for traditional and multi-function printers (MFP). Aside from MFPs and printers the TMPM036FWFG has potential applications for consumer electronics, digital devices and industrial machinery.

Printer microcontrollers need to communicate with the main control unit and on-board peripherals units. They also need to have a timer function that can output pulses to control stepping motors and DC motors. As the first step to developing more fully featured MFPs and printers an increased number of communication channels are required. 

The TMPM036FWFG microcontroller features an ARM Cortex-M0 core, operating at a maximum frequency of 20MHz and across a voltage range of 2.3 to 3.6V. System development cost-efficiency is improved by allowing use of the same development environment system as for the current ARM Cortex-M-based TX03/TX04 series.

Housed in a LQFP100-pin package, measuring 14 ×14mm with a 0.5mm pitch, the TMPM036FWFG offers more communication and timer function channels than Toshiba’s predecessor IC, the TMPM037FWUG, which is housed in a LQFP64-pin package. The new IC incorporates an 8-channel communication interface (6-channel SIO/UART; 2-channel I2C), two channels more than the predecessor IC, and a 14-channel 16-bit timer, compared to the 10 channels in the TMPM037FWUG. Developers can select their optimum microcontroller according to the system scale or usage from these two products.

Sample shipments of the TMPM036FWFG will commence in March.

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