World’s lowest power microcontrollers now deliver big benefits in tiny packages

DALLAS (April 7, 2014) – Enabling developers to save valuable board space, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced it has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to several new families of ultra-low power MSP430™ microcontrollers (MCUs). Developers can now design smaller products with TI’s ultra-low power FRAM-based MSP430FR5738 and Flash-based MSP430F51x2 MCUs in wafer-level chip scale packages (WLCSP) as small as 2.0 x 2.2 x 0.3 mm, in addition to the five existing MSP430 MCU families with tiny package options.

 

These tiny package sizes make MSP430 MCUs ideal for a variety of ultra-low power applications such as sensor hubs, digital credit cards, ingestible sensors, health and fitness products like smart watches, and consumer electronics like tablets and notebooks.

Features and benefits of TI’s expanded portfolio of tiny package MCUs:

Pricing and availability:

The ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs are available immediately with tiny package sizes (WLCSP) starting at $1.08 USD in 1K units.

Getting started with TI’s ultra-low power MSP430 MCU solutions:

·         Discover how MSP430 MCUs make design easier with a complete smart watch reference design from TI.
·         Evaluate TI’s FRAM MCUs immediately with the MSP430 FRAM Experimenter’s board.
·         Learn to design ultra-low power consumer applications with the MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad.
·         Ask questions and help solve problems in the MSP430 forum on the TI E2E™ Community.
·         Launch Your Design with TI MCUs: www.ti.com/launchyourdesign
·         Follow TI MCUs on Facebook: www.facebook.com/timicrocontrollers

Innovation is at the core of TI MCUs

Beginning with the foundation of leading process technology and adding unique system architecture, intellectual property and real-world system expertise, TI continues its 20+ years of MCU innovation with ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs, real-time control C2000™ MCUs, Tiva™ ARM® MCUs and Hercules™ safety MCUs.  Designers can accelerate time to market with TI’s ecosystem of tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings and technical support.

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