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Flash MCUs add 1.8V split-rail I/Os for sensor aggregation

Posted: 21 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments? Microcontrollers? smart phones? tablets? power?

Texas Instruments recently announced its MSP430 microcontrollers that reduce power consumption in "always on" applications like smart phones, tablets and accessories. TI's touts that its latest MCUs can help developers create portable consumer devices that put power-hungry application processors and touch screen controllers on standby instead of draining the system's battery.

MSP430F525x MCUs feature a 1.8V split-rail I/O architecture that allows seamless interface to the application processor without needing an external level shifting circuit. Customers can now create smartphones, tablets and accessories that maintain I/O at 1.8V while operating the MCU at maximum performance. With a fast wake-up time at 3.5?s and as little as 1.6?A power consumption in standby mode, these microcontrollers can extend battery life in portable consumer products from hours to days, while simultaneously reducing board space and system cost.

All of the new MSP430F525x microcontrollers include easy-to-use software and support to help designers get started quickly. The new MCUs are compatible with MSP430Ware software so developers can access code examples to simplify development and speed time to market. The company's latest MCUs are also code compatible with existing MSP430 devices. The 16bit MCU also includes additional RAM, I/O and serial interfaces to handle complex sensor algorithms, aggregation and monitoring functionalities quicker.

Further information about TI's MSP430F525x MCUs can be found here.

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