Create capacitive touch designs in a snap with TI's expanded ecosystem of ultra-low power MSP430™ MCUs

  Create capacitive touch designs in a snap with TI's expanded ecosystem of
                         ultra-low power MSP430™ MCUs

End-to-end portfolio allows developers to quickly and easily create capacitive
touch designs that replace mechanical buttons

PR Newswire

DALLAS, May 22, 2013

DALLAS, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding the industry's lowest-powered
capacitive touch portfolio, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)
today announced a new software library, sensor tuning GUI, design collateral
and support for additional microcontrollers (MCU) to ease development of
capacitive touch solutions. With ultra-low power operation at less than 1uA
average current per button, TI's MSP430™ MCUs are the industry's best choice
for capacitive touch button, slider, wheel and proximity applications,
including portable electronics, household appliances, and accessories.
Developers interested in learning about the MSP430 capacitive touch ecosystem
can access a comprehensive library of design guides, software tools and MCU
support to guide them throughout the design cycle by visiting

TI's open source MSP430 Capacitive Touch Software Library now allows
developers to use the recently announced MSP430G2xx5 Value Line devices and
Wolverine MSP430FR58xx/FR59xx devices for button, slider, wheel and proximity
capacitive touch applications. These new devices provide engineers with more
options for cost-conscious and low-power applications with capacitive touch.

TI's expanded capacitive touch ecosystem now includes advanced tools to help
designers throughout the development process.

  oThe MSP430 Capacitive Touch Pro graphical user interface (GUI) is a new
    PC-based tool that enables designers to evaluate, diagnose and tune
    capacitive touch button, slider and wheel designs in real time. This tool
    charts raw capacitive data from up to ten sensors so developers can
    visually pinpoint and perform factor analysis easier, resulting in a
    faster debugging, testing and time-to-market. It features
    user-configurable ranging, recording and printing options. To download
    this software, visit
  oEstimate power consumption for a capacitive touch system even before
    implementing hardware with TI's MSP430 Capacitive Touch Power Designer GUI
    and application note. This GUI simulates the estimated average current
    draw for capacitive touch systems using select MSP430 MCUs, while users
    adjust system parameters such as operating voltage, frequency, and number
    of button and gate times. To download this new tool, visit

TI's capacitive touch experts have created several comprehensive design guides
to help developers learn sensor design techniques, reduce power consumption,
and improve response times for button, sliders and wheel designs.

  oThe new Capacitive Touch Sensing, MSP430 Button Gate Time Optimization and
    Tuning Guide shows developers how to optimize button performance for
    reduced power consumption, improved response times and scalability to
    include more buttons.
  oTI's new Capacitive Touch Sensing, MSP430 Slider and Wheel Tuning Guide
    helps developers lay out sliders and wheels using multiple electrodes and
    optimize software to provide the most linear representation of raw
    capacitive data.
  oThe Capacitive Touch Sensing, Sensor Design Guide exposes developers to
    design considerations and best practices for capacitive touch hardware
    design including schematics, mechanicals and layout.

In addition, ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs support capacitive touch buttons,
sliders and wheel functionalities on TI's haptic technology evaluation kits.
The DRV2605 haptic driver evaluation module is a complete demo and evaluation
platform that provides tactile feedback through touch-based interfaces. The
vibrations produced by these devices provide a new, deeply enhanced user
experience and unparalleled value.

Find out more about TI's capacitive touch solutions, support and related

  oTI's capacitive touch solution ecosystem:
  oCheck out the MSP430 Capacitive Touch Ecosystem video:
  oStart evaluating today with the Capacitive Touch BoosterPack:
  oAdd realistic tactile feedback with TI's haptic drivers:
  oAsk questions and help solve problems in the MSP430 forum on the TI E2E™
  oMake the Switch to TI MCUs:
  oFollow TI MCUs on Facebook:

TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software
Leading the industry in MCUs for low-power, real-time control, safety and
connectivity, TI continues its 20+ years of microcontroller innovation to
offer the broadest microcontroller portfolio in the industry: Ultra-low power
MSP MCUs, real-time control C2000™ MCUs, Tiva™ ARM^® MCUs and Hercules™ Safety
ARM MCUs. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's tools,
software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings
and technical support.

About Texas Instruments
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