Low power and increased memory capabilities open up more advanced smart card applications for the familiar 8-bit 80C51 architecture DesignCon 2007, Santa Clara, California -- January 29, 2007
-- Handshake Solutions, a line of business within Royal Philips Electronics, today announced the release of the HT80C51MX – a new clockless core based upon the versatile 80C51 Memory eXtension (MX) architecture. The new core combines the increased memory capabilities of the MX architecture with the low power and low electromagnetic emission (EME) advantages of Handshake Technology. Particularly suited to smart card applications, this combination offers designers a cost-effective route to new, more complex and memory hungry 8-bit applications.
As with Handshake Solutions’ earlier HT80C51, the new core delivers robust, low-power and low-noise operation. This enables more reliable contactless smart card designs with wide operating ranges that could, for example, increase throughput in busy transport environments. Its high performance levels also allow better use of the available power budget and enable fast, secure transactions.
The MX architecture extends the memory addressing capabilities of the familiar 80C51 core beyond the original 64 Kbyte limit, up to a maximum 8 Mbytes of program and 8 Mbytes of data memory. To allow full use of the extended 24-bit memory addressing, the HT80C51MX features a number of dedicated instructions. In addition specific addressing modes, such as a Universal Pointer, enable high-level language compilers to optimize code easily for both size and execution time.
“With the new HT80C51MX core, we’re helping designers meet the growing demand for more sophisticated, more memory hungry and lower power 8-bit applications in areas such as eGovernment and payment cards,” said Ad Peeters, Chief Technology Officer of Handshake Solutions. “The new core combines all the benefits of our 8-bit HT80C51 core with 24-bit memory addressing capabilities to enable the advanced and efficient solutions required for contactless smart card and Near Field Communication (NFC) applications.”
Handshake Technology is the industry’s first commercial design methodology for creating clockless ICs. It offers designers a simple and robust method for accessing the benefits of clockless designs, such as low power consumption, low EME and low current peaks. This enables more functionality to be squeezed into even the tightest energy budget and simplifies system integration.
The HT80C51MX core will be launched at booth 837 at DesignCon 2007, which takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California, from January 29 until February 1, 2007.
For more information on Handshake Solutions: www.handshakesolutions.com
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