Epson, a global technology leader known for its compact and precision technologies, has developed and begun shipping for its S1C17M33 in production volumes. It’s a low-power 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip Flash memory that is ideal for LCDs on remote control panels for home appliances like air conditioners.
The company has also started the volume production of other microcontroller units in the series like S1C17M30, S1C17M31, S1C17M32, and S1C17M34. The plan is to produce 2,00,000 units of each model per month.
Epson is known for proposing applications in mobile equipment for its single-chip MCUs that integrate low-power and liquid crystal driving technologies. The company has expanded and enhanced its S1C17 family of 16-bit MCUs with Flash Memory. These MCUs carry advanced functions and enable larger, high-resolution LCD screens with extended battery life through Epson’s low power technology.
Epson Unwraps its Latest 16-bit MCU with Flash Memory (Image Courtesy: Epson)
The applications include multifunction digital watches, hand-held card reader tokens, home appliance remote controllers, and other battery-driven appliances. Unlike other MCUs that support only low operating voltages, Epson has expanded its lineup of products with selectable operating voltages ranging from 1.8V to 5.5V.
1. Expanded Universal Port Multiplexer
• It allows users to assign input/output (I/O) functions as needed with software as well as reconfigure LCD ports to general purpose input/output (GPIO).
• The MCUs can be used for driving LCDs with up to 368 dots but the users can also reconfigure the I/Os to give up the MCU up to 65 GPIOs.
2. Flexible Configuration
• The MCU can be embedded in products with different specifications which help users to increase their product development efficiency.
3. Flexible board layout
• It supports a wide range of applications from business-use operation panels that run on 5V to battery-operated home appliance remote control panels.
4. Single Chip Solution
• It integrates an infrared remote control output signal generator, three types of serial interface, 96 Kbytes of self-programmable Flash memory and 4 Kbytes of RAM.
The S1C17M33 is being offered in an 80-pin thin quad flat pack (TQFP14-80 package) or as a bare die that will save board space. The rest of the MCUs in the series have comparatively smaller display drivers and less Flash Memory.
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables, and robotics.
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