Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TI's ultra-low-power automotive MCUs improve fuel efficiency and battery life

DALLAS, USA: Fulfilling the need for ultra-low-power microcontrollers (MCUs) in the automotive market, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced the qualification of MSP430 16-bit microcontrollers for automotive applications.

The AEC-Q100 certification allows developers to integrate higher performance, power efficiency and scalability into their designs without sacrificing on price. Automotive systems designers now have access to more than 50 MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers for use in applications including interior cabin motors, capacitive touch, infotainment systems and remote keyless entry.

MSP430 automotive qualified microcontrollers include the same support and software that developers have come to expect from all MSP430 devices. The inclusion of easy-to-use, scalable and code-compatible software, including the Grace software plug-in for Code Composer Studio IDE, helps developers speed designs and migrate to a roadmap of devices that offer more performance, memory options, greater connectivity and a higher temperature range.

Features and benefits
* 16-bit microcontrollers priced as low as $0.30 reduce system costs and extend a vehicle's battery life and fuel efficiency.
* LIN software drivers allow developers to easily design LIN-based applications and products.
* Devices are qualified for environments up to 105 degrees Celsius ambient temperature (Grade 2 & Grade 3) allowing developers to design systems that perform in extreme conditions.
* MSP430G2xx and MSP430F2xx microcontroller series offer up to 16 MHz, 32 KB flash and 1024 Bytes SRAM, allowing developers to choose the best performance and memory options for their solution.
* Optimized efficiency with ultra-low standby power of 0.4 uA and <1 uS wake-up time as well as integrated intelligent peripherals, such as 10-bit ADCs, UART, comparator and serial communication.

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