NXP Semiconductors has unveiled the new MCX microcontroller portfolio, which aims to advance innovation in smart homes, smart factories, smart cities, and a variety of other developing industrial and IoT edge applications. The MCUXpresso suite of development tools and software supports the portfolio, which includes four series of devices based on a shared platform. This unified solution enables developers to reuse software throughout the portfolio, resulting in faster development. In addition, the portfolio includes the first implementation of NXP's new, dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) for accelerating inference at the edge, which can deliver up to 30x faster machine learning throughput than a single CPU core.
The MCU has developed substantially over the previous few decades, owing to the growth of edge devices. However, while MCUs are at the heart of many of today's edge applications, the next generation of intelligent applications will require a new class of MCUs that allow developers to navigate a complex landscape of power, performance, and security requirements, as well as connectivity options, while keeping total system cost and energy efficiency in mind. The MCX portfolio, built on a shared foundation of core technologies and supported by a unified software suite for maximum software reuse, will provide the flexibility required to meet this challenge. In addition, the MCX portfolio's diversity allows developers to choose the devices that best suit their application's requirements, giving them up to focus on more distinctive aspects of their design.
"As we approach the milestone of 75 billion connected devices, we are entering a new era of edge computing, requiring us to fundamentally rethink how to best architect a flexible MCU portfolio that is scalable, optimized and can be the foundation for energy efficient industrial and IoT edge applications today and in the decades to come. By building on our strong legacy in MCUs, this new portfolio will offer the performance and integration needed to address the real-time workloads for the next wave of innovation,"
Ron Martino, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Edge Processing for NXP Semiconductors
The MCX portfolio's four series are designed for simplicity of use, migration, and scaling up or down as needed with maximum software reuse to reduce development costs. The portfolio is built around high-performance Arm Cortex-M processors and includes a wide range of peripherals for maximum design flexibility. To improve the real-time performance of edge applications, MCX devices include up to 4 MB of on-chip flash memory, a low-power cache, and powerful memory management controllers, as well as up to 1MB of on-chip SRAM.