MCU platform offers integration for multi-band connectivity

1st March 2018
Lanna Cooper

To meet growing connectivity needs for buildings, factories and the grid, Texas Instruments has introduced its newest SimpleLink wireless and wired microcontrollers (MCUs). These new devices offer low power consumption and concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity for Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1GHz.

With more memory and unlimited connectivity options, the expanded SimpleLink MCU platform offers designers 100% code reuse across TI’s Arm Cortex-M4-based MCUs to enhance and connect sensor networks to the cloud.

New SimpleLink MCUs support the following wireless connectivity options:

  • Sub-1GHz: CC1312R wireless MCU.
  • Multi-band (Sub-1GHz, Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread and Zigbee): CC1352R and CC1352P wireless MCUs.
  • Bluetooth Low Energy: CC2642R wireless MCU.
  • Multi-standard (Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread and Zigbee): CC2652R wireless MCU.
  • Host MCU with up to 2MB of memory: MSP432P4 MCUs.

Key features and benefits of the new SimpleLink MCUs

  • The lowest power: The new wireless and host MCUs consistently achieve the lowest power in the industry, more than ten years on a coin-cell battery, and now offer a newly enhanced low power sensor controller with current consumption as low as 1.5uA for a 100Hz comparator reading.
  • More than ten connectivity protocols: The expanded SimpleLink MCU platform supports a variety of connectivity protocols and standards for 2.4GHz and Sub-1GHz bands, including the latest Thread and Zigbee standards, Bluetooth Low Energy, IEEE 802.15.4g, Wireless M-Bus and more.
  • Option for extended range: With the multi-band CC1352P wireless MCU, developers can extend range even further for metering and building automation applications using its integrated power amplifier with high output power of +20dBm and transmit current as low as 60mA.
  • 2MB of flash memory: New SimpleLink MSP432P4 MCUs, with an integrated 16-bit precision ADC, give developers eight times more code space and the ability to host multiple wireless connectivity stacks and a 320-segment Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with extended temperature range for industrial applications.
  • Enhanced security features:The CC13x2 and CC26x2 wireless MCUs offer new security hardware accelerators for the following encryption protocols: AES-128/256, SHA2-512, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), RSA-2048 and True Random Number Generator (TRNG).
  • Code compatibility: These new products are all supported by the SimpleLink Software Development Kit (SDK) and provide a unified framework for platform extension through 100% application code reuse.

To assist in developing with the SimpleLink MCU platform, TI offers the SimpleLink Academy, a comprehensive and interactive learning experience with overviews and training tutorials on the supported industry standards and technologies.

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