Ambiq Micro announces that the world’s lowest power microcontroller is now in volume production



Austin, TX (17 November 2015) Ambiq Micro, the leader in ultra-low power semiconductor solutions, today announced that its Apollo MCU, which recently made microcontroller history by demonstrating that it consumes less than half the energy of rivals in real-world applications (EEMBC ULPBench benchmark), is now available for shipping into high volume consumer applications.

The Ambiq Micro Apollo MCU features active mode current in the order of 34µA/MHz when running from flash and sleep mode current less than 150nA.  Built around an ARM M4 core with a floating point unit, the device is available with a range of memory options from 64kB to 512kB of embedded flash memory, includes a 10-bit ADC, and has a wide range of serial interfaces.  It’s offered in both BGA and WLCSP package options.

Ambiq recently announced that wearables manufacturer, Misfit, selected the Apollo MCU to power its Shine2™ fitness and sleep monitor. Energy consumption was a key design criterion. The Ambiq microcontroller enabled Misift to create a 2nd generation device with several additional attractive functions without compromising the six-month battery life of its predecessor.

The Apollo MCU is available for immediate delivery with prices starting at $1.50 in 10k quantities.

Resource links:

Datasheet: http://ambiqmicro.com/sites/default/files/apollo-product-sheet-lowest-power-mcu.pdf

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White paper: http://ambiqmicro.com/reducing-power-wearable-electronic-devices

Video: http://youtu.be/Ju7V16Hhq8s

About Ambiq Micro

Ambiq Micro was founded in 2010 on the simple yet powerful notion that extremely low power semiconductors are the key to the future of electronics. Through the use of pioneering ultra-low power technology, we help innovative companies around the world develop differentiated solutions that reduce or eliminate the need for batteries, lower overall system power, and maximize industrial design flexibility.

Ambiq Micro has developed breakthrough technology based on our patented Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT™) platform that dramatically reduces the amount of power consumed by semiconductors thus making our integrated circuits (ICs) an ideal solution for energy critical applications.

Ambiq Micro is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.ambiqmicro.com and follow us @Ambiq_Micro.

Media contacts

Ambiq Micro

Mike Salas, +1 512 879 2854, msalas@ambiqmicro.com

Publitek

Alexandra Sorton, +44 (0)1225 470 000, alexandra.sorton@publitek.com

Contact Information

Ambiq Micro

11305 Four Points Drive
Building 2, Suite 250
Austin, Texas,

tele: 1 (512) 879-2850
fax: 1 (512) 879-2850

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