Wireless microcontroller features dual-band connectivity

2nd October 2016
Mick Elliott

The CC1350 SimpleLink ultra-low-power, dual-band wireless microcontroller from Texas Instruments (TI) is now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics. Part of TI's CC13xx and CC26xx families of devices, the CC1350 is designed for low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) and features dual-band connectivity that expands the functionality of a sub-1 GHz network with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) implementations such as beaconing, over-the-air updates, smart commissioning, remote displays, and more.

The device’s long-range connectivity paired with ultra-low power consumption that offers a sleep current of 0.7 µA allows for more than 10 years of battery life.

The micorcontroller integrates a flexible, very low-power RF transceiver with a powerful 48-MHz ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller in a platform that supports multiple physical layers and radio frequency (RF) standards.

A dedicated ARM Cortex-M0 radio controller handles low-level RF protocol commands that are stored in ROM or RAM, which ensures ultra-low power and flexibility to handle both sub-1 GHz protocols and 2.4 GHz protocols.

This allows the combination of a sub-1 GHz communication solution with a BLE smartphone connection that enables great user experience through a phone application.

Mouser is also offering the TI CC1350 wireless microcontroller LaunchPad development kit. The CC1350 LaunchPad kit brings easy and low-cost sub-1GHz proprietary RF connections to the LaunchPad ecosystem with the SimpleLink ultra-low power CC13xx family of devices.

A built-in onboard emulator helps designers get started with instant code development in the CCS Cloud. The development kit is supported by a large set of software examples as well as the TI BLE software stack, which enables full BLE connectivity.

The microcontroller is available in a 7mm × 7mm, 48-pin VQFN package, allowing designers to create a wide range of innovative solutions for applications such as low-power wireless systems, home and building automation, wireless security systems, smart grid equipment, and long-range sensors.

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