Industry's first ultra-low-power FRAM microcontroller from TI enables developers to make the world smarter

More data from new places is made possible by the MSP430FR57xx FRAM microcontroller series that allows developers to write up to 100x times faster and save as much as 250x power.

DALLAS, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ushering in a new era of reliable data logging and RF communication capabilities, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced the industry´s first ultra-low-power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16-bit microcontrollers. Further demonstrating TI´s embedded processing leadership, the new MSP430FR57xx FRAM series ensures data can be written more than 100 times faster and uses as little as 250 times less power than flash- and EEPROM-based microcontrollers. Additionally, the on-chip FRAM allows data retention in all power modes, supports more than 100 trillion write cycles, and delivers a new dimension of flexibility by allowing developers to partition data and programming memory with changes in software. The FR57xx series eliminates existing power consumption and write endurance barriers, enabling developers to make the world smarter with more cost-efficient data logging, remote sensing and wireless update capabilities in new products that do more and last longer. For more information on TI´s new FR57xx microcontrollers with proven FRAM memory, go to www.ti.com/fr57xx-pr-lp.  

Key features and benefits of the MSP430FR57xx FRAM microcontrollers

 Pricing and availability

The new MSP430FR57xx microcontrollers start at $1.20 at 10K units, and samples and tools are immediately available. The MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter´s Kit is $29 and can be ordered at www.ti.com/fr57xx-pr-ek-es and the MSP-TS430RHA40A Development Kit is $99 and can be ordered at www.ti.com/fr57xx-pr-dk-es.

New MSP platform includes MSP430™ microcontrollers

TI is committed to delivering new, revolutionary solutions to support customers´ dynamic needs, and MSP430FR57xx FRAM microcontrollers are just one great example of that commitment. To make room for many innovations to come, TI is evolving the MSP430 family to now be part of the new MSP platform.

TI´s broad portfolio of MCUs and software

From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs, to Stellaris® Cortex™-M3-based 32-bit MCUs and high performance, real-time control TMS320C2000™ MCUs, TI offers the broadest range of microcontroller solutions. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI´s complete software and hardware tools, extensive third-party offerings and global technical support.

TI´s Technology Development

TI´s innovative technology development enables differentiation of TI´s broad portfolio and high volume of products across our global manufacturing sites by:

For more information on TI´s technology development and manufacturing, go to www.ti.com/fr57xx-pr-manuf.

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