Texas Instruments Inc. has added 64 variants to its ultra-low-power MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that aim to provide 6-bit performance at an 8-bit price.
The MSP430G2xx2 MCUs include integrated capacitive touch IOs, allowing developers to interface directly with capacitive touch pads, eliminating the need for additional hardware and components. Also provided are extra package and memory options, providing developers with increased design flexibility.
The additions are supported by TI’s $4.30 LaunchPad development kit, free software and broad third party support network
The increased memory ranges are up to 8KB flash and 256B RAM to support more advanced applications while the additional package options with increased pin counts of 20-pin TSSOP and PDIP offer more flexibility when programming and designing form factors.
The MCUs have a standby power of 0.4 microamps and <1 microseconds wake-up time as well as integrated intelligent peripherals, such as 10-bit ADCs, UART, comparator and serial communication.
There is code compatible across MSP430 platform providing easy migration path for added scalability.
The MSP430G2xx2 MCUs are priced from $0.33 for 100K units and samples are immediately available. The MSP430 MCU Value Line LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430G2) is priced at $4.30 and can be ordered at www.ti.com/430value_phase2-pr-es.