The 32-bit XMC4000 family based on an industry standard core the ARM® Cortex(TM) M4 marks a cornerstone in microcontroller design for real-time critical systems. Infineon adresses three high-level trends for microcontrollers in industrial drives, automation and renewable energy efficiency, the need to enhance connectivity between systems and the reduce of software complexity. According to VDE, more efficient three-phase motors in the power range from 1.1 to 37kW offer the greatest potential for saving electrical energy. The XMC4000 family contribute to this improvement with higher computing performance, more advanced algorithms, optimized peripherals and more accurate measurement of analog signals and a faster and a more adapted PWM generation. The family supports a wide range of communication to significantly increase the flexibility for the software and hardware designer and connectivity within the real-time critical domain and connectivity to the "outside" world. Software complexity is one of the major problems for embedded systems development especially for small and medium sized companies. To challenge this major issue, Infineon came up with the new DAVE3 free Eclipse based software framework. This new DAVE includes a free tool chain and an extendable autocode generator, faciliting the use of pre-defined SW components that can be graphically selected and combined. This new approach allows a higher software abstraction, easier integration and maintance because software stacks and higher-level applications can be downloaded and shared. Customer samples and evaluation kits for the XMC4500 are now available. The XMC4400, XMC4200 and XMC4100 series will be in production in Q1 2013, samples in Q4 2012. For further information please visit our website.