Hi, ever heard about a 32-bit microcontroller this tiny? I am familiar with the Silabs devices that are available in similar packages but this time it is an ARM Cortex-M0 and it has more I/O and memory than I thought.
10-bit ADC, 4 timers, UART, SPI, 32K Flash and 8K SRAM, really not bad for such a grain of silicon.
Saw it today on the NXP booth at the ESC West. Many people probably need classes to see the device :) Documentation is still a few weeks out I've been told. Well, with production scheduled for later in the year that seems not a big deal. That much information I could gather: Will be able to run @ 50 MHz if external clock is provided, bu
you are absolutely right. You can not use an ultra low cost facility because the device need at the very least a double sided PCB, may be more layers and a more sophisticated machinery than a soldering iron and low cost labor. The lowest cost devices are the LPC1111, selling for 65 cent @ 10k according to the press release.
Still a bit tough for hand soldering but low cost equipment will do an excellent job with these chips.
Since when is hand soldering cheaper than pick and place??? Maybe if you are building just one, even then I have been asked for CNC information since they just don't want to do hand work. The cost in using these parts comes from the small via sizes required... at least I am assuming. Is there a breakout that does not require drills smaller than 12 mil? When I try to get boards made with 10 mil vias the board makers have "rounded" that up to 13 citing a +- 3 mil tolerance spec. of course I don't do business with that company anymore, but the point is smaller drills cost extra and that is a recurring charge. I can't say anything about the number of layers since I haven't tried to route this part yet. But I'd bet it is hard on a two layer board.
It may be that the assembly house charges extra for mounting these parts too. I've seen extra charges for pin pitch below 20 mil (0.5 mm) on leaded parts. I'm not sure where they start charging extra for fine pitch BGA type parts.
But then if this size part makes a design possible that otherwise wouldn't be, it doesn't matter if the unit costs a few cents extra.
that was a misunderstanding. I was talking about low cost equipment for the LPC1111. Never said or wanted to imply that hand-soldering is the lowest cost. Just to make sure there is not another misunderstanding, I totally agree with you!