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MCU platform packs sub-1GHz RF transceiver

Posted: 05 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontroller? MCU? RF transceiver? wireless networking?

Texas Instruments Inc. is offering its CC430F513x microcontrollers supported by a rich developer ecosystem, offering complete, scalable hardware and software for single-chip RF solutions.

The new MCUs combine ultralow power MSP430 MCU with the high performance, sub-1GHz CC1101 RF transceiver. They offer up to 20 MIPS performance in a small package (7mm x 7mm) and support security options such as an integrated AES hardware module. The MSP430 MCU core and CC1101 RF transceiver are combined on one chip to reduce system complexity and shrink package and PCB size by up to 50 percent compared to two-chip solutions.

TI is also expanding its LCD product offering with the CC430F61xx series of devices, providing developers with more options to meet varying design needs. With the capability to support multiple protocols and a broad frequency range, the CC430 MCUs, along with the extensive third party ecosystem, spur innovation in applications like home and building automation, smart metering, energy harvesting, asset tracking and portable medical applications.

Eight devices in the new family offer non-LCD (CC430F513x) and LCD (CC430F61xx) options, as well as a range of pin count, memory and high-performance analog integration to meet varying design needs. For LCD-based applications, the CC430F61xx MCU with integrated LCD capabilities reduces system cost and size.

Devices draw low enough current to enable battery-operated wireless networking applications that operate without servicing for several years, reducing maintenance costs and overall BOM eZ430-Chronos and EM430F6137RF900 are complete wireless development kits that provide all the hardware and software support necessary to instantly develop and deploy projects.

Broad, innovative third party ecosystem of hardware and software developers includes AMBER Wireless, BM innovations, the DASH7 Alliance, Digi-Key, IAR Systems, LS Research, Sensinode, Steinbeis Transfer Center Embedded Design and Networking, and Virtual Extension. TI is working closely with industry leading third party developers to bring various industry accepted software stacks to customers. Examples include'6LoWPAN (building control, lighting control and smart grid), Wireless MBUS (smart metering), Opentag, an open source firmware library for DASH7 (building automation, smart grid, asset tracking), VEmesh (wireless mesh smart meter and sensor networking) and BlueRobin (personal health and fitness) solutions.

Developers can immediately jumpstart CC430 MCU-based designs with the EM430F6137RF900 and eZ430-Chronos wireless development tools that include all the hardware design information required to develop a complete wireless project.

Production quantities of the CC430F513x MCUs are immediately available to order starting at $4.15 (1,000 units). Sampling this month, the CC430F61xx family with integrated LCD is also immediately available to order and pricing starts at $4.35 (1,000 units).

- Toni McConnel

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