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Maxim Integrated’s 32-bit microcontrollers provide the cornerstone for building robust devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) age. Ultra-low power operation helps maximize battery life, small footprints enable ubiquitous use, and best-in-class security protects your investment.

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Maxim’s ultra-low-power, 32-bit microcontroller devices combine the biggest embedded memories of any MCUs in their class with ultra-efficient power management.

  • Industry Standard ARM Cortex Cores
  • Ultra-Efficient Power Management for Battery Powered Applications
  • Scalable product families with large onboard Flash and SRAM



High Reliability, Ultra-Low Power Microcontroller Powered by Arm Cortex M4 Processor with FPU for Industrial and IoT

Darwin Generation U MCUs Are Perfect for Engineers Who Are Serious About Power and Performance

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In the Darwin family, the MAX32670 is an ultra-low power, cost-effective, high reliability 32-bit microcontroller enabling designs with complex sensor processing without compromising battery life. It combines a flexible and versatile power management unit with the powerful Arm® Cortex®-M4 processor with floating point unit (FPU). The MAX32670 also offers legacy designs an easy and cost optimal upgrade path from 8- or 16-bit microcontrollers.

The device integrates up to 384KB of flash and 160KB of SRAM to accommodate application and sensor code. error correction coding (ECC), capable of single error correction and double error detection (SEC-DED), is implemented over the entire flash, RAM, and cache to ensure ultra-reliable code execution for demanding applications. Additional features such as the two windowed watchdog timers with fully flexible and independent clocking have been added to further enhance reliable operation. Brownout detection ensures proper operation during power-down and power-up events and unexpected supply transients.

Multiple high-speed peripherals such as 3.4MHz I²C, 50MHz SPI, and 4MBAUD UARTs are included to maximize communication bandwidth. In addition, a low-power UART is available for operation in the lowest power sleep modes to facilitate wakeup on activity without any loss of data. A total of six timers with I/O capability are provided, including two low-power timers to enable pulse counting, capture/compare and PWM generation even in the lowest power sleep modes. The device packs all this capability in tiny form factors: 5mm x 5mm 40-pin TQFN-EP and 1.7mm x 2.2mm 24-bump WLP packages.


Key features

  • High-Efficiency Microcontroller for Low Power, High Reliability Devices
    • Arm Cortex-M4 Core with FPU Up to 100MHz
    • 384KB Flash Memory with Error Correction
    • 160KB SRAM (128KB with ECC Enabled), Optionally Preserved in Lowest Power Modes
    • 16KB Unified Cache with ECC
    • UART Bootloader
    • Dual or Single-Supply Operation
      • Ultra-Low 0.9–1.1V VCORE Supply Voltage
      • Internal LDO Operation from Single Supply 1.7V to 3.6V
    • Wide Operating Temperature: -40°C to +105°C
  • Flexible Clocking Schemes
    • Internal High Speed 100MHz Oscillator
    • Internal Low Power 7.3728MHz and Ultra-Low Power 80kHz Oscillators
    • 14MHz to 32MHz Oscillator (External Crystal Required)
    • 32.768kHz Oscillator (External Crystal Required)
    • External Clock Input for the Core
    • External Clock Input for the LPUART and LPTMR
  • Power Management Maximizes Uptime for Battery Applications
    • 44µA/MHz Active at 0.9V Up to 12MHz
    • 50µA/MHz Active at 1.1V Up to 100MHz
    • 2.6µA Full Memory Retention Power in Backup Mode at VDD = 1.8V
    • 350nA Ultra-Low Power RTC at VDD = 1.8V
    • Wake from LPUART or LPTMR
  • Optimal Peripheral Mix Provides Platform Scalability
    • Up to 31 General-Purpose I/O Pins
    • Up to Three SPI Master/Slave (Up to 50MHz)
    • Up to Three 4-Wire UART (Up to 4MBAUD)
    • One Low Power UART (LPUART)
    • Up to Three I²C Master/Slave 3.4Mbps High Speed
    • Eight-Channel Standard DMA Controller
    • Up to Four 32-Bit Timers (TMR)
    • Up to Two Low Power 32-Bit Timers (LPTMR)
    • Two Windowed Watchdog Timers
    • One I²S Slave for Digital Audio Interface
  • Security and Integrity
    • Available Secure Boot
    • AES 128/192/256 Hardware Acceleration Engine
    • TRNG Compliant to SP800-90B
    • 32-Bit CRC Acceleration Engine


Top side of Maxim's MAX32670 Evaluation Board


  • Algorithm Coprocessor
  • Battery-Powered Medical Devices
  • Industrial Sensors
  • Optical Communication Modules
  • Secure Radio Modem Controller
  • Smart Sensor Controller
  • System Housekeeping Controller


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Maxim MAX32670 simplified block diagram


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Our secure 32-bit microcontrollers integrate advanced cryptography and physical security to provide the highest level of protection against side-channel attacks, physical tampering, and reverse engineering.

  • Industry Standard ARM Cortex Cores
  • Advanced cryptographic engines
  • Physical tamper detection and reaction
  • PCI and FIPS 140 compliant



ChipDNA Secure Arm Cortex M4 Microcontroller

ChipDNA Secure Microcontroller with Secure Boot for IoT Applications

DeepCover® embedded security solutions cloak sensitive data under multiple layers of advanced physical security to provide the most secure key storage possible.

The DeepCover secure microcontroller MAX32520 provides an interoperable, secure, and cost-effective solution to build new generations of trusted embedded systems and communication devices such as IoT, IoT gateways, and wireless access points.

The MAX32520 incorporates Maxim's patented ChipDNA™ PUF technology. ChipDNA technology involves a physically unclonable function (PUF) that enables cost-effective protection against invasive physical attacks. Using the random variation of semiconductor device characteristics that naturally occur during wafer fabrication, the ChipDNA circuit generates a unique output value that is repeatable over time, temperature, and operating voltage. Attempts to probe or observe ChipDNA operation modifies the underlying circuit characteristics, preventing discovery of the unique value used by the chip cryptographic functions. The MAX32520 utilizes the ChipDNA output as key content to cryptographically secure all device stored data including user firmware. User firmware encryption provides ultimate software IP protection. The ChipDNA can also generate a private key for the ECDSA signing operation.

The MAX32520 integrates an Arm® Cortex® -M4 processor, 2MB of Flash, 136KB of system RAM + 34KB ECC, 8KB of one-time-programmable (OTP) memory and 128KB of boot ROM.

The MAX32520 provides a FIPS/NIST compliant TRNG, environmental and tamper detection circuitry to facilitate system-level security.
Multiple high-speed interfaces are supported including SPI, UART, and an I2C. The four on-chip timers also support PWM output generation for direct control of external devices. One of the SPI ports has a serial flash emulation mode allowing direct code fetching enabling secure boot for a host microcontroller.


Features & benefits

  • High-Efficiency Microcontroller for Secure Element IoT
    • Arm Cortex-M4F with FPU Up to 120MHz
    • 16KB Unified Code Cache
    • 2MB PUF Encrypted Flash Memory with Cache Provides Ultimate Firmware IP Protection
    • Low Latency On-the-Fly Decryption of Flash Execution
    • 136KB SRAM + 34KB ECC
    • 8KB User-Programmable OTP
  • Secure Element
    • PUF-Based Keys
      • For Internal Flash Encryption
      • For Strong Device Authentication
    • Secure Boot Loader with Public Key Authentication and Serial Flash Emulation
    • AES, SHA, and ECDSA Accelerators
    • Hardware True Random Number Generator
      • SP800-90B Compliant Entropy Source
      • SP800-90A Compliant DRBG
    • Die Shield
    • Temperature and Voltage Tamper Monitor
    • External Tamper Sensor with Random Dynamic Pattern
  • Power Management Maximizes Operating Time for Battery Applications
    • Single 3.3V/2.5V/1.8V Supply
    • Down to 3.2µA Backup Mode
    • 15µs Wake-Up Time from Standby Mode
    • Clock Gating, Power Gating, Registers, and Memory Retention Modes
  • Multiple Peripherals for System Control
    • One UART
    • One I2C Interface
    • QSPI
    • Four Timers with PWM Capability
    • Up to 27 General-Purpose I/O Pins with Selectable Output Driver Strength
    • 4-Channel DMA Controller
    • 4-Pin JTAG



  • Embedded Connected Systems
  • Secure Industrial Appliances, Sensors, and Controllers
  • IoT Nodes and Gateways
  • Embedded Communication Equipment (Routers, Gateways, etc.)
  • Set-Top Boxes


Simplified block diagram

Maxim MAX32520 simplified block diagram


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DeepCover is a registered trademark and ChipDNA is a trademark of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.