A semiconductor manufacturer has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest general market 32-bit microcontroller.
NXP Semiconductors, a company which is headquartered in the Netherlands and employs around 27,000 staff across operations in 25 countries, announced it will start sending samples of its LPC1102, which is based upon the Cortex-M0 processor.
According to the company, the new microcontroller will offer "unprecedented computing power" and it is aimed at applications that require a ultra-miniature board as well as being able to deliver greater value and ease of use to customers.
Vice-president and general manager of the component's production line Geoff Lees stressed that more clients are limited by PC board space as they design even smaller applications ready for general retail consumption, which are still expected to deliver high performance.
Samples of its new component will be available to customers at the ESC Silicon Valley exhibition which runs from April 27th to 29th with volume production beginning in the final three months of 2010.
NXP posted sales figures for 2009 of $3.8 billion (£2.47 billion).