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Extend battery life with TI's first MSP430™ 5xx microcontrollers featuring independent 1.8V IO supply rail for simplified co



  Extend battery life with TI's first MSP430™ 5xx microcontrollers featuring
      independent 1.8V IO supply rail for simplified co-processor design

MSP430F521x/522x devices offer simplified, smart-interface solutions between
1.8V and up to 3.6V voltage domains for applications such as sensor hub,
keyboard control and health and fitness

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Offering total system power savings for
co-processor designs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today
announces the new MSP430F521x/F522x microcontroller family. These new
microcontrollers support a main supply rail (1.8V – 3.6V) and I/O supply rail
(1.8V +/-10%), eliminating the need for level translators and offering
system-level advantages such as reduced system cost and increased flexibility.
Featuring this new dual voltage rail capability, the F521x/F522x
microcontrollers can operate as an ultra-low-power co-processor to higher
power/performance devices such as TI's OMAP™ processor and Sitara™ platforms.
For example, the new MSP430 microcontrollers can be used to offload functions
such as sensor hub, keyboard control, battery/power management, capacitive
touch, haptics and proximity detection with lower power consumption compared
to running these within an application processor. With a fast wake-up time at
3.5us and as little as 1.4uA power consumption in standby mode, the
F521x/F522x microcontrollers can extend battery life from hours to days.

TI also offers a F521x/F522x-based 9-axis sensor fusion solution that works
with a wide range of popular sensors in the market, providing greater
flexibility to developers and broadening the devices' reach in
battery-operated mobile computing and health and fitness applications.
Additionally, F521/F22x devices add support of the latest Windows® 8 operating
system human interface device (HID) over I2C protocol. Using this protocol
offers significant power savings advantages compared to HID over USB in
applications like sensor hub and keyboard control in tablets, ultrabooks and
other Windows 8-based products.

Easy-to-use software and support allows designers to get started quickly
MSP430F521x/F522x microcontrollers are compatible with MSP430Ware™ software so
developers can access code examples to simplify development and speed time to
market. Additionally, F521x/F522x microcontrollers are code compatible with
all MSP430 devices for broader scalability across TI's MSP portfolio.
Application notes are also available online for a 9-axis sensor fusion
algorithm as well as keyboard controller with HID over USB. For the HID over
I2C solution, please contact your local TI sales associate for more
information.

Additional features and benefits of the MSP430F521x/F522x microcontrollers

  o Bridge between application processor and other technologies, including
    sensors, keyboards, radio frequency (RF), Bluetooth® low energy (BLE)
    technology and Wi-Fi®, eliminating the need for expensive level shifting
    circuits to translate 1.8V signals to 3.6V signals, saving size, cost and
    power.
  o Active power at 290uA/MHz in Flash and 150uA/MHz in RAM, standby mode at
    1.4uA and ultra-fast wakeup at 3.5us for ultra-low-power consumption.
  o Low-power peripherals including comparator, multiple communication
    interfaces (UART, I2C, SPI, GPIO), real time clock (RTC) module, 10-bit
    analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and multiple 16-bit timers.
  o Multiple package sizes offer versatility with 48- and 64-pin QFN, 80-pin
    BGA options with up to 128k memory and a 3.5mmx3.5mm YFF package
    (available in 1Q13), enabling small footprint in portable computing
    applications.

Pricing and availability

MSP430F521x/F522x microcontrollers are priced from $2.05 for 1K units and
samples are immediately available. Customers can contact local sales
representatives or visit www.ti.com for more information on available HID over
I2C solutions. The MSP-TS430RGC64C target socket is now available for $99 USD.
The MSP-FET430U64C target socket and UIF emulator is also now available for
$149 USD from TI's eStore. 

Find out more about TI's MSP430F521x/F522x microcontrollers by visiting the
links below:

  o MSP430 F521x/F522x microcontrollers: www.ti.com/f522x-pr-lp
  o MSP430F521x/F522x data sheet: www.ti.com/f522x-datasheet-pr-td
  o 9-axis sensor fusion app note: www.ti.com/f522x-sensorfusion-pr-td
  o Keyboard controller with HID over USB app note:
    www.ti.com/f522x-HID-USB-pr-td
  o MSP430 tools page: www.ti.com/f522x-tools-pr-lp
  o MSP430 software page: www.ti.com/f522x-software-pr-lp

TI's broad portfolio of MCUs and software
From ultra-low-power and Value Line MSP430™ MCUs, to Stellaris® Cortex™-M MCUs
to real-time control C2000™ MCUs, and Hercules™ safety MCUs, TI offers the
broadest range of microcontroller solutions. Designers can accelerate time to
market by tapping into TI's complete software and hardware tools, extensive
third-party offerings and technical support.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock the
possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter, safer, greener, healthier
and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in
everything we do – from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors,
to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities. This is
just the beginning of our story. Learn more at www.ti.com.

Trademarks
MSP430, C2000, Hercules, OMAP, Sitara and E2E are trademarks of Texas
Instruments. Stellaris is a registered trademark. Windows is a registered
trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks belong to their respective
owners.

SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated

Website: http://www.ti.com
Contact: KyLea Ingram, GolinHarris, +1-972-341-2549, kingram@golinharris.com;
Patty Arellano, Texas Instruments (214) 567-7828 parellano@ti.com
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