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Energy harvesting, personal safety and asset management solutions take top prizes in TI's ultra-low power MSP430™ MCU design contest

Feb 18, 2010

DALLAS, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced that Gerardo Barroeta's FindIT Flashlight took top prize in the MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) Ultra-Low Power Design Challenge. Leveraging the performance, intelligent peripherals and industry leading low power of TI's MSP430 MCU, the FindIT Flashlight is an innovative wireless identification system that can function for nearly the complete shelf life of a battery with moderate use. The solution employs an optical communications link between an array of uniquely identifiable smart tags and an interrogator flashlight to greatly speed and simplify asset location. The Ultra-Low Power Design Challenge was commissioned to inspire developers to showcase their talents, and entries can be viewed at www.designmsp430.com

Barroeta, from San Francisco, CA, was awarded the first place prize, which includes $3,500 cash, plus one copy of TI's Code Composer Studio™ v4 and revolutionary eZ430-Chronos Watch Development Kit.

Second place was awarded to Fred Rupinski of Kinnelon, NJ for his microCANARY design that serves as a personal hostile environment monitor. Based on TI's CC430F6137 MCU, the microCANARY  monitors carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature levels and the user's heart rate in a convenient badge form factor for use in potentially dangerous environments such as mines, breweries and laboratories. Additionally, Carlos Cossio of Cantabria, Spain received third place for his Flower Power entry based on the MSP430F2013 MCU.  Flower Power showcases an LCD timer that is powered by bioelectric energy harvested directly from potted plants.  The design demonstrates the ultra-low power features of MSP430 MCUs in energy harvesting applications.

In the contest, co-sponsored by electronic components distributor Avnet Electronics Marketing, contestants were able to show "how low they can go" by submitting video demonstrations ranging from practical everyday solutions to application-specific design concepts using the world's lowest-power MSP430 MCUs and development tools. Entries were judged equally on creativity, power efficiency and technical complexity by a panel of three judges to determine the best use of on-chip MSP430 MCU features.

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