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$99 Development Tool Includes Two TI MSP430 MCUS, Chipcon RF Module Connecter For Accelerated Ultra Low Power Design


Enabling designers to quickly develop ultra low power medical, industrial and consumer embedded systems using either a highly integrated signal chain on chip (SCoC) MSP430FG4618 or small 14-pin F2013 microcontroller, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today the availability of the MSP430 Experimenter’s Board (part number MSP-EXP430FG4618). Along with the two 16-bit MSP430 devices, the board includes a TI (Chipcon) radio frequency (RF) module connecter for developing low power wireless networks. The board also features a number of input and output options such as a microphone, buzzer, liquid crystal display (LCD), capacitive touch-pad, push buttons, and pin board prototyping space, among others. For more information on the new MSP430 Experimenter’s Board, see
Multiple Design Options with Two MSP430 devices
With two MSP430 MCUs, designers can easily develop a variety of low power and battery operated products including cost and space sensitive sensing applications like motion detectors, all the way to highly integrated applications like high precision portable medical and industrial sensing.
The F2013 is a small 4mm x 4mm, 14-pin device that features a fully programmable clock system that provides wake-up from an industry leading 500 nano-amp standby to full-speed operation in less than one micro-second. The F2013 device also includes a 16-bit sigma-delta analog to digital (ADC) for high-precision sensing systems, 2KB of flash and 128B of RAM memory and a basic serial communication interface (USI) which makes SPI and I2C implementations easy.
The FG4618 MCU includes 116KB of flash memory and incorporates the MSP430X core architecture with extended 1MB memory model. The extended memory access is ideal for today’s larger system requirements and allows for the development of very sophisticated real-time applications, completely in modular C libraries. Up to three operational amplifiers—to handle high precision instrumentation—coupled with the on-board 200ksps 12-bit ADC, 1 micro-second code-to-code settling time 12-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and direct memory access controller (DMA) complete a signal chain on chip (SCoC) solution that reduces overall system cost and eliminates the need for external components.
Multiple Board Input and Output Options Allow For Fast System Development
Combined with the two devices is a host of interfaces and input/output options that allow a designer to quickly evaluate the suitability of either MSP430 MCU. JTAG headers on the board make both devices accessible for programming and debugging as well as communication between the two MSP430s or to other external devices. A variety of input options include a microphone, capacitive touch-pad, and push buttons. Output peripherals include a buzzer, LCD, RS232 communication interface, and 3.5mm headphone jack for analog output. To accelerate the development of low power wireless RF systems, the Experimenter’s Board includes connectors for various Chipcon evaluation modules, which cover the 1GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands (including IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee™ standards). Supported modules are the CC11x0, CC25x0 and the CC2420 evaluation kits, which are available separately.
Availability and Price
The $99 MSP430 Experimenters Board is available now from the TI eStore at and requires a flash emulation tool, available separately starting at $99 such as the MSP-FET430UIF. Chipcon evaluation boards are available at
TI Enables Innovation with Broad Range of Controllers
From ultra low power MSP430 devices and 32-bit general purpose TMS470 ARM7-based MCUs to high performance TMS320C2000™ digital signal controllers, TI offers designers the broadest range of embedded control solutions. Designers can also accelerate their design to market by tapping into TI’s complete software and hardware tools, extensive third party offerings and technical support. For more information on the broad range of TI’s controllers, see


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