Continuing its commitment to provide more low-cost options to 8-bit developers, Texas Instruments Incorporated today announced 64 new ultra-low-power MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that offer 16-bit performance at an 8-bit price. The new MSP430G2xx2 MCUs include integrated capacitive touch IOs, allowing developers to interface directly with capacitive touch pads, eliminating the need for additional hardware and components. Additionally, the MSP430 MCU Value Line expansion provides extra package and memory options, providing developers with increased design flexibility. Supported by TI’s $4.30 LaunchPad development kit, free software and broad third party support network, the G2xx2 MCUs further enable an easy upgrade to 16-bit performance while maintaining the ultra-low Value Line price.
Key features and benefits of the Value Line G2xx2 MCUs
· Integrated capacitive touch IOs eliminate the need for external passive components, reducing system level BOM
· Increased memory ranges of up to 8KB Flash and 256B RAM to support more advanced applications
· Additional package options with increased pin counts (20-pin TSSOP and PDIP) offer more flexibility when programming and designing form factors
· Optimized efficiency with ultra-low 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
· Supported by complete hardware and software development environment with free, downloadable software debuggers and compilers, including Code Composer Studio ™ IDE and IAR Embedded Workbench, and $4.30 LaunchPad development kit