ARM M0 in Zero Gecko
Silicon Labs is sampling a range of low power microcrocontrollers, called Zero Gecko, based on the ARM M0 core for battery-powered situations like the Internet of Things.
Si Labs reckons IoT be the first 10 billion unit annual market.
Zero Gecko operates in five states:
Run mode – at 110µA/MHz
Sleep mode -at 50µA/MHz
Deep Sleep mode – at 900nA
Stop mode -at 510nA
Shutoff mode -at less than 20nA.
The chips contain a programmable DAC. They are made on a 180nm process at TSMC.
A complementary software suite, Simplicity Studio which contains a debugger, can reduce development time and cut time to market.
Zero Gecko comes with a $69 starter kit for applications development. The chips are priced at 49 cents in 100,000 quantities.
Volume production is planned for Q4.