ELMOS and NEC Electronics Announce Sample Shipment of 4 New Single-Chip IO-Link Solutions

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High Integrated Transceiver - Extensive Choice of Memory Variants

KAWASAKI (Japan), DUESSELDORF and DORTMUND (Germany), Nov 4, 2009 -
ELMOS Semiconductor AG (FSE: ELG) and NEC Electronics (TSE: 6723)
today announced the availability of its four new single-chip IO-Link
solutions for IO-Link slave applications. This project is based on a
close cooperation with TMG-Karlsruhe. The new IO-Link solutions
combine NEC Electronics' All Flash(TM) 78K0R 16-bit microcontroller
and ELMOS IO-Link transceiver, with integrated IO-Link slave protocol
stack in a single package. The part numbers differ according to their
flash memory capacity; uPD78F8040 offers 32 kilobytes (KB),
uPD78F8041 offers 64 KB, uPD78F8042 offers 96 KB, and uPD78F8043
offers 128 KB of flash memory.

IO-Link is the preferred standard serial digital communications
protocol used for sensors and actuators in industrial automation
systems. IO-Link offers the following advantages:

* Compatible integration into existing fieldbus or Industrial
Ethernet environment
* Process, parameter and diagnosis data in one cable
* compatible cabling to existing sensor communication

One key advantage of using the IO-Link slave protocol stack offered
with the NEC Electronics' solutions is that minor upgrades could be
included if the IO-Link specification is enhanced, significantly
reducing development time and effort. Alternatively, designers can
opt to develop and maintain their own software stacks. The ELMOS
transceiver integrates significant analogue components, which enable
system designers to eliminate use of additional external components
and develop a complete IO-Link slave product at low cost.

NEC Electronics provides extensive product range to include a choice
of memory variants all in the same device package. Developers can
choose from 4 pin-compatible memory configurations in an 8mm x 8mm
56-pin QFN package making it easy to switch to a larger memory if
more software is needed. Flash sizes from 32 KB to 128 KB will be
available. This also allows developers to use the same PCB for
multiple designs even though different amounts of software may be
required. A 32 KB device can easily be replaced by a 128 KB device
without having to re-design the PCB.

To support system designers in using the IO-Link single-chip
solution, NEC Electronics and ELMOS can also provide a comprehensive
development kit at lower cost than most of the other kits in the
market. The 78K0R Link-It! kit is available now.

The IO-Link market is now beginning to show real promise and ELMOS
and NEC Electronics are working with several vendors some of whom are
already engaged in development projects. ELMOS and NEC Electronics
are well placed to enable system designers to quickly and easily
achieve differentiated designs using the only single-chip IO-Link
solution available on the market
Samples of the new single-chip IO-Link solutions are available now.
Mass production of the new devices is slated to begin in April 2010,
with expected monthly mass production of 500,000 units. (Availability
is subject to change without notice.)

More information about ELMOS and NEC Electronics' solutions for the
industrial automation market can be found at
http://www.elmos.de/german/produkte/know-how/io-link.html or
http://www.eu.necel.com/iolink .
All Flash is a trademark or registered trademark of NEC Electronics
in Japan, America, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, German, and China. NEC
Electronics is a registered trademark or trademark of NEC
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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 www.elmos.de.
About NEC Electronics Corporation
NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) specializes in semiconductor
products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the high-end
computing and broadband networking markets; system solutions for the
mobile handset, PC peripheral, automotive and digital consumer
markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of customer
applications. NEC Electronics Corporation has subsidiaries worldwide
including NEC Electronics America, Inc. (www.am.necel.com) and NEC
Electronics (Europe) GmbH (www.eu.necel.com). More information about
NEC Electronics worldwide can be found at www.necel.com.

NEC: Japan/Asia
Kyoko Okamoto
NEC Electronics Corporation
+ 81-44-435-1676

NEC: Europe
Oliver Luettgen
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH

Mathias Kukla
+49 231 75 49 199

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