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MCUs add up to 56KB Flash, 4KB SRAM

Posted: 03 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments  MCU  MSP430  G2xx4  G2xx5 

Texas Instruments Inc. has rolled out the G2xx4 and G2xx5 devices as the latest members of its MSP430 Value Line MCU series. According to the company, the devices offer a code-compatible upgrade path for the MCU series, expanding memory from 16KB up to 56KB Flash and up to 4KB SRAM, allowing customers to migrate existing solutions and support connectivity protocols such as wireless MBUS and NFC.

By combining the increased memory resources and integrated capacitive touch IOs on the MSP430G2xx5 devices, developers can implement more sophisticated capacitive touch capabilities such as swipe, gesturing, double tap and proximity effects within their applications. Developers can also add reliable high bit-rate serial communications to designs by taking advantage of the G2xx4 and G2xx5 MCUs' high-frequency crystal input. For design flexibility within space-constrained applications, the devices will be available in the MSP portfolio's smallest package, die-sized ball grid array (DSBGA). Additionally, MSP430G2xx4 and G2xx5 devices provide more GPIOs, timers and serial ports to ensure developers do not sacrifice performance for cost, added TI.

MSP430G2xx4 and G2xx5 microcontrollers are backed by free software resources, including the MSP430 capacitive touch sense library supporting buttons, sliders, wheels and proximity sensing, Grace software, MSP430Ware, ULP Advisor and Energia, a community-driven, open-source development platform, as well as TI's broad third party support network. Existing MSP430 LaunchPad users will also be able to take advantage of the expanded memory and IO capabilities of G2xx4 devices with a new MSP430 LaunchPad expansion board available in May.

MSP430G2xx4 and G2xx5 MCUs are priced from Rs.51.61 ($0.96)/ Rs.60.22 ($1.12) in 10K units, and samples can be ordered today. The MSP430 LaunchPad expansion board will be available in May for Rs.806.45 ($15). The MSP-TS430DA38 target board and MSP-FET430U38 Flash emulation tool are both immediately available from TI's eStore for Rs.4,032.26 ($75) and Rs.8,010.75 ($149), respectively.

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