NEC Electronics Europe and ELMOS announce the world's first IO-Link one-chip-solution for Industrial Automation sensors and actuators

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Düsseldorf and Dortmund (Germany): NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH and
ELMOS Semiconductor AG announced today that they have developed the
world's first IO-Link one-chip solution for sensors and actuators
used in industrial automation networks. The two companies announced a
partnership in September 2008, and this solution is the first product
in their shared roadmap for IO-Link solutions.

The IO-Link one-chip device includes NEC Electronics' 78K0R low power
16-bit microcontroller and an IO-Link device transceiver (PHY)
circuit designed by ELMOS. TMG-Karlsruhe was responsible for the
design of the IO-Link device protocol stack, an essential part of the
complete device solution. The collaboration between these three
companies significantly simplifies the process of establishing an
efficient industrial automation network for customers.

IO-Link is a new standard in industrial automation that significantly
improves and modernizes communication between controllers (masters)
and sensors or actuators (devices) while maintaining existing
installations. Over the years, sensors and actuators in production
and process automation have become increasingly more complex and
intelligent. Thus nowadays they not only acquire measurement data,
but also generate process, diagnostic and parameter data, and can be
extensively configured. With IO-Link, users of automation equipment
can now fully exploit the advantages of this increased intelligence
quickly and easily with low upgrade costs. As a result this new
standard has been taken up by most of the leading automation
equipment manufacturers in Europe.

At SPS/IPC/Drives 2008 (Nov. 25-27, 2008 in Nuremberg/Germany), NEC
Electronics will be showing the IO-Link one-chip-solution on their
booth #234 in hall 6. The NEC Electronics microcontroller and the
ELMOS transceiver reduce board space, eliminate the need for up to 60
additional discrete devices, improve performance, and lower software
design complexity as all functions run on a single controller. The
TMG licensable IO-Link device protocol stack designed for the 78K0R
CPU cuts development time through an easy-to-use
application-programmer-interface (API) allowing developers to simply
call needed IO-Link communications functions from their main program.

Prototypes of the IO-Link one-chip solution will be available in the
first quarter of 2009. Please contact either NEC Electronics Europe
or ELMOS Semiconductor AG for more details.

About NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany,
is a leading developer and supplier of semiconductor products in
Europe. Committed to meeting customers' cost, performance and
time-to-market requirements, the company offers solutions ranging
from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, as well
as customized products for next-generation designs. Our customers
also benefit from state-of-the-art manufacturing from the global
production network of our parent company, NEC Electronics
Corporation. Additionally, NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH is the
exclusive European sales and marketing channel of LCD modules from
NEC LCD Technologies Ltd.. For more information visit .
About ELMOS Semiconductor AG
ELMOS Semiconductor AG (FSE: ELG) is a leading developer and producer
of customer-specific system solutions in the automotive sector. Based
on the modular high-voltage CMOS technology, a great amount of analog
mixed-signal circuitry elements such as voltage regulators,
analog/digital converters, power-drives and NVM storage offer a huge
range of integration possibilities for customers' ideas. In addition,
MEMS-based sensor systems and dedicated packages both developed and
manufactured within the ELMOS-Group, enable ELMOS to supply
silicon-based microsystems. About 90 percent of sales are achieved
with ASICs for automotive electronics. ELMOS is listed on the Prime
Standard of the German Stock Exchange. For additional information
about ELMOS Semiconductor, visit

Media Contacts
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
Oliver Lüttgen
+ 49 211 6503 1469
ELMOS Semiconductor AG
Janina Rosenbaum
Press office
Tel: +49 (0) 231 7549 -287

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