MCU boasts 25 functions for 25 cents

November 6, 2017 Rich Nass

Just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower, bam! MCUs for 25 cents. Texas Instruments just introduced a version of its popular MSP430 line that offers “25 functions for 25 cents.”

In other words, developers have the flexibility to customize 25 common system-level functions including timers, input/output expanders, system reset controllers, electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) and more, using a library of code examples.

In most cases, the new part, will be used as a complementary device, mostly in sensing applications. It is likely used to handle housekeeping functions, offloading things from the main CPU. This results in a much cleaner design, with tasks segmented to the device that’s most appropriate.

With the ultra-low-cost MCU, developers can implement simple sensing solutions through a variety of integrated mixed-signal features. A new TI LaunchPad development kit is also being released that allows for quick and easy evaluation. A common core architecture, a tools and software ecosystem, and extensive documentation including migration guides simplify the integration process.

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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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