Freescale introduces first 5-volt capable family of 8-bit HCS08 microcontrollers

MC9S08AW family is the first HCS08 fully qualified for the automotive market

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Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) introduces the first HCS08 core-based microcontrollers that support 5-volt industrial and automotive applications. The MC9S08AW family of microcontrollers brings the advantages of the popular HCS08 core-based architecture to high-end, high pin count 8-bit applications.

"The MC9S08AW family is not only the first 5-volt HCS08 microcontroller, it's also the first to be fully qualified for the automotive industry," said Mike McCourt, vice president and general manager of Freescale's microcontroller business. "This opens new opportunities for us in the 5-volt industrial, white goods and automotive markets and gives customers the benefits of powerful, energy efficient HCS08 core-based microcontrollers."

Delivering on the high performance and low power characteristics that distinguish the HCS08 family, the MC9S08AW family offers tightly integrated solutions designed for reliable operation and long service in a variety of environments, with excellent electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance. It also features enhanced brown-out detection for controlled power-on reset in the event of a brown-out or power failure.

MC9S08AW features

The MC9S08AW family is based on Freescale's HCS08 central processing unit (CPU), with specific features, including:

20 MHz Maximum Bus Frequency
Options for 16K, 32K and 60K integrated third generation Flash memory
On-Chip Debug/Emulation Interface
Internal Clock Generator accurate to +/-2% over operating conditions
10-bit, 16-channel analog-to-digital converter (ADC)
Two timers with total of 8 programmable channels
Multiple Communications Options (IIC, 2 x SCI, SPI)
Multiple system protection features
Up to 54 General Purpose Input/Output (I/O) Lines
Qualified temperature range from -40 to +125 degrees C
Four package options: 64 QFP, 64 LQFP, 48 QFN, 44 LQFP
Development tools

The DEMO9S08QAW60E demo board with integrated USBMULTILINK cable is a comprehensive and cost-effective development tool for the entire MC9S08AW family, and it's the first lead(Pb)-free demo board from Freescale's microcontroller business. In addition, the newly re-architected CodeWarrior(tm) Development Studio for HC(S)08 microcontrollers v5.0 is designed to be fast, easy and accessible to help even the inexperienced HCS08 product developer speed through the design process.


The MC9S08AW60 is in full production and available in 32K, 48K and 60K Flash memory versions. The suggested resale price starts as low as $2.98 (USD) in 1,000 piece quantities. For more information about these products and related services and support available for them, visit:
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