Micros

SoCs optimised for water and heat meters

12th June 2020
Mick Elliott

The MSP430FR600x ultrasonic sensing and measurement SoCs from Texas Instruments are now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics.

These SoCs are powerful, highly integrated microcontrollers (MCUs) that are optimised for water and heat meters.

They offer an integrated ultrasonic sensing solution (USS) module, which provides high accuracy for a wide range of flow rates.

The USS module helps achieve ultra-low-power metering combined with lower system cost due to maximum integration requiring very few external components.

A high-speed ADC-based signal acquisition followed by optimised digital signal processing using the integrated low-energy accelerator (LEA) module delivers a high-accuracy metering solution with ultra-low power optimum for battery-powered metering applications.

MSP430FR600x MCUs are supported by an extensive hardware and software ecosystem with reference designs and code examples to get designs started quickly.

Development kits include the MSP-TS430PZ100E 100-pin target development board and the EVM430-FR6047 ultrasonic water flow meter evaluation module.

TI also provides free software including the ultrasonic sensing design centre, ultrasonic sensing software library, and MSP430Ware software.

Applications for the MSP430FR600x MCUs include ultrasonic smart water meters, ultrasonic smart heat meters, liquid level sensing, and water leak detectors.

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