The XMC4500 series is Infineon’s first 32-bit industrial microcontrollers using the Cortex M4 processor from ARM. The series is suited particularly for use in electric drives, solar inverters and the automation of manufacturing and buildings. Complementing the product are development tools providing comprehensive support. In addition to Infineon's free DAVE 3 development environment, a full range of tools is available including compilers, debuggers, software analysis and flash-memory programming tools, and an extensive range of software solutions and consulting services. Samples of the XMC4500 microcontrollers, which will go into high-volume production in May 2012, are available.