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TI Launches Massive MCU Portfolio Expansion with Industry's Smallest, Lowest Power Devices

MSP430F20xx MCUs Are First of 50 New Devices in Next 18 Months for Industry's Broadest Ultra-Low Power MCU Portfolio

Aug 30, 2005

HOUSTON, (August 30, 2005) – Demonstrating continued commitment and vision in the ultra-low power market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced a massive expansion of the MSP430 ultra-low power microcontroller (MCU) platform with plans to add over 50 new devices in the next 18 months. TI’s MSP430 device portfolio expansion answers growing market demands, as industry analysts predict that ultra-low power will continue to be a major growth driver in the MCU market for industrial, medical and consumer products. The first devices introduce TI’s smallest, lowest power MCUs ever – the MSP430F20xx MCU series – which offers a tiny 14-pin, 4x4mm footprint and 16 million instructions per second (MIPS) of 16-bit performance with pricing starting at $0.49 (100ku) for the MSP430F2001 MCU. For more information on TI's MSP430 MCU platform expansion and the new MSP430F20xx devices, visit www.ti.com/msp430expansion.

"Portable consumer and industrial applications continue to become more sophisticated, and their power requirements are outpacing by far the progress made in battery capacity," said Max Baron, principal analyst, In-Stat. "The TI MSP430 MCU platform, designed for systems requiring ultra-low power, advances the industry's capabilities in portable power management for better battery utilization and longer standby. Aside from executing workloads at low power on its own, the MSP430 MCU can also conserve power in high-performance systems employing it as a wake-up and power sequencing device."

Industry's Lowest Power 16-bit Flash MCU Packs a Punch

New MSP430F20xx MCUs are TI’s first devices based on the recently announced F2xx architecture that operates with a cool active current of 200 micro-amps per MIPS. A flexible clock system allows operation up to 16 MHz with no external components using an improved digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) that is fully programmable and stable over temperature and voltage. The ability to switch from standby to a fully synchronized 16 MIPS active mode in less than one micro-second allows interrupt event-driven programming that extends time in power-saving modes and the use of smaller, lower cost batteries. The 14-pin footprint combined with a sub-1micro-amp standby current provides benefits in space constrained applications such as fire and motion detectors for which OEMs may choose to reduce cost and liability with factory-installed, sealed batteries that last over ten years.

"Our customers challenged us to provide a tight-fit MSP430 MCU solution for cost sensitive consumer and security systems applications without sacrificing ultra-low power, performance and ease of use," said Mark Buccini, TI’s advanced embedded controls director of marketing. "We made no compromises. At only 4x4mm, the MSP430F20xx is one of the smallest MCUs available and runs at 16 bits for the price of other 8-bit MCUs. It also packs 16 MIPS and less than 1 micro-amps standby with the choice of performance analog converters. These pin-compatible devices operate from 1.8V – 3.6V and unlike competitive devices, the series is fully loaded and is 100% code compatible with all existing MSP430 families, allowing developers to leverage a single MCU platform from the most basic to the most sophisticated applications."

All F20xx devices offer in-system programmable flash for greater design flexibility, field upgrades and elimination of external EEPROMs. 128B of RAM, when combined with a full featured CPU, allows full development in C. To further reduce system cost, all 10 GPIO pins include programmable pull-up/pull-down resistors eliminating external components. A zero-power brown-out reset (BOR) function and an enhanced watchdog timer enhance reliability. All the failsafe features of F2xx devices are available during all modes of operation with no power penalty.

The MSP430F20x2 and MSP430F20x3 MCUs include a universal serial interface (USI) that can be configured for either I2C or SPI master or slave communication. To accelerate F20xx MCU design-in, designers can begin development with TI’s existing MSP430 USB JTAG pods that support the new Spy Bi-Wire interface and provide designers with world-class emulation from day one. Beginning in Q4 2005, customer can also purchase the MSP-FET430U14, which includes a new USB-based, JTAG interface target board and a complete integrated development environment including a debugger, assembler/linker and C-complier.

Continuing MSP430 Portfolio Expansion

Following the MSP430F20xx MCU series, TI will introduce in Q4 2005 the first in a family of enhanced MSP43FG46xx processors with an extended 1MB memory model, allowing access to 16 times more memory compared to the 64kB available today.  Extended instructions designed for the large memory allow optimal high-level code density with full backward compatibility, making it possible to develop very sophisticated real-time applications completely in modular C libraries.

The first enhanced device from the MSP430FG46xx generation – the FG4619 MCU – will incorporate 120kB of embedded flash memory and a complete signal chain on chip (SCoC), making it ideal for applications like portable medical devices that require the high integration and large memory options of a single chip solution. In early 2006, Later in 2006, TI’s MCU expansion will continue with new families of devices with increased MIPS, 5V and 125°C capabilities, USB 2.0, low voltage operation and wireless connectivity.

TI will showcase the MSP430F20xx, MSP430FG46xx and other devices from the MSP430 MCU platform for the first time at the MSP430 Advanced Technical Conference (ATC), the premier 2 ½ day event for all MSP430 MCU developers. The ATC is held in November and December in Dallas, Texas, Munich, Germany, Taiwan as well as China. For more information on the MSP430 ATC, see www.ti.com/atc05.

Pricing and Availability

MSP430F20x3 MCUs have begun sampling to high volume customers with full production scheduled Q4 2005. MSP430F20x1 and MSP430F20x2 MCUs will sample Q4 2005 with production early 2006.

Device    Flash    RAM    Analog    USI
MSP430F2001    1KB    128B    Comparator
MSP430F2011    2KB    128B    Comparator
MSP430F2002    1KB    128B    10-bit ADC    √
MSP430F2012    2KB    128B    10-bit ADC    √
MSP430F2003    1KB    128B    16-bit ADC    √
MSP430F2013    2KB    128B    16-bit ADC    √

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 www.ti.com/mcu.