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Cygnal Announces Flash Microcontroller in Tiny 3x3mm Package
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September 5, 2001 - AUSTIN, TX - Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc. today announced the C8051F300, a full-featured microcontroller which arms design engineers with an unprecedented feature set for its size, enabling localized data acquisition, processing, communication and control in a tiny 3mm x 3mm footprint.

"The C8051F300 packs a high speed CPU along with Flash memory and an A/D converter into a remarkably small Micro Lead-Frame Package (MLP)," said Danny Allred, product marketing manager for Cygnal. "Microcontrollers with similar feature sets are typically available in packages such as an 18-SOIC, which has a footprint over 13 times larger than the MLP."

The C8051F300 empowers system designers to embed distributed mixed-signal processing and control into a broad range of applications. Compute capability is supplied by a pipelined 8051 CPU, delivering up to 25MIPS at 25MHz. An 8-bit 500ksps A/D Converter with integrated temperature sensor is included for data acquisition. A low power programmable analog comparator is suitable for monitoring system voltages or as a wake-up source. Programmable counters and timers can be configured for a wide range of uses, including pulse-width modulators and a real-time clock. A 2% accurate on-chip oscillator allows the built-in UART to function without an external crystal or ceramic resonator, further reducing size and parts count.

Modifying or updating software is simple with 8K bytes of in-system programmable FLASH, key for rapid development and field re-programmability while also providing local data storage. Integrated on-chip debug circuitry eliminates the need for large profile sockets and expensive in-circuit emulators, further reducing system costs and development time. Advanced power management features on the C8051F300 make it ideal for low power applications.

The C8051F300 sells for $5.01 in 1,000 piece quantities. The C8051F300DK development kit, selling for $99, is a complete development suite with capabilities typical of in-circuit emulators costing a thousand dollars or more. Both development kits and chips will be available in October for purchase direct from Cygnal at

About Cygnal

Founded in March 1999, Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc. of Austin, TX, designs, manufactures and markets in-system programmable, mixed signal System-on-Chip products and associated support tools. These products embody the Company’s considerable technical skills integrating world-class analog, high-speed digital and FLASH memory functions into a single device with "no-compromises." The combination of mixed-signal integration and field programmability benefit the user with higher component integration, greater design flexibility, faster time-to-market, superior system performance and greater end product differentiation. Cygnal products are application solutions addressing a broad range of markets including communications systems, industrial equipment and consumer products. The Company’s worldwide sales force consists of a network of field application engineers and manufacturer’s representatives. Technical information is available and orders are accepted at the Company’s e-commerce site at Products may be purchased in any quantity, either by purchase order (invoiced shipments) or by credit card. Cygnal is backed with over $15M in venture capital funding from several companies including Austin Ventures, JatoTech Ventures, Cirrus Logic, Sanyo Semiconductor plus other well known venture and private investors.

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Company Contact
Don Alfano
Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc.
4301 Westbank Drive
Building B - Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78746
512.327.7088 x205

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9020 N. Capital of Texas Highway
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Austin, TX 78759

Dateline: 09/05/01