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New Freescale Internet of Things Chip is as Thin as a Blade of Grass

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fsby Angela Guess

Dean Takahashi reports in VentureBeat, “Freescale‘s newest chip is as thin as a blade of grass. Targeted at Internet of Things applications, which are expected to become a $1.7 trillion market by 2020, the Kinetis K22 microcontroller from Freescale is just 0.34 millimeters in height. But it packs a 120-megahertz processor and a variety of memories and interfaces into a tiny little package for Internet of Things applications. It’s small enough to serve as the chip brain of secure credit cards, wearables, and other razor-thin consumer electronics. Multiple products using the chip are expected to debut in the months ahead.”

He goes on, “The Internet of Things applications are no doubt one reason that Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors bought Austin, Texas-based Freescale for $11.8 billion earlier this year. And you can figure that we’ll see even more interesting gadgets and IoT apps at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January, thanks to platforms such as Kinetis. The newest IoT gadgets will continue to push the limits of size, performance, security, and battery life. The chip has built-in security, and it will give product designers more options for creativity, Freescale said.”

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photo credit: Freescale

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