element14 Pty Ltd has added the MSP430 ULP (ultra low power) FRAM LaunchPad from Texas Instruments to their product range.
A new development platform that combines embedded FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) and a holistic ultra low power system architecture, the MSP-EXP430FR5969 is an easy-to-use Evaluation Module for the MSP4305969 microcontroller enabling developers to reduce energy budgets, minimise product size and eliminate batteries from their designs.
Embedded FRAM, a non-volatile memory known for high endurance and high speed write access, together with ultra low power makes the MSP430 development platform suited for a wide variety of applications ranging from metering, wearable electronics, consumer electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT) to industrial and remote sensors, home automation and energy harvesting.
The new development kit includes TI's new EnergyTrace++ technology, the world's first debug system that enables developers to analyse power consumption down to 5nA resolution in real-time for each peripheral, enabling engineers to take control of their power budget and optimise software to create the lowest energy product possible.
Key features include MSP430 ULP FRAM technology-based 16-bit MSP430FR5969 MCU; 64KB FRAM/ 2KB SRAM; 16-Bit RISC architecture up to 8-MHz FRAM access/ 16MHz system clock speed; 5x Timer Blocks; Analogue: 16Ch 12-Bit differential ADC, 16Ch Comparator; Digital: AES256, CRC, DMA, HW MPY32; 20 pin LaunchPad standard leveraging the BoosterPack ecosystem.
Various components including on-board eZ-FET emulation for programming, debugging and energy measurements have been provided in the evaluation kit for a fast start; on-board buttons and LEDs on the board enable quick integration of a simple user interface in addition to a SuperCap allowing standalone applications without an external power supply.
David Shen, Group Chief Technology Officer at Premier Farnell comments that developers will appreciate the excellent read/write speeds of these FRAM MCUs and their ease of use, which simplifies code development making it ideal for applications that require ultra-low power consumption, flexible memory options and smart analogue integration.
The Texas Instruments MSP-EXP430FR5969 is now available through Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe, and element14 in Asia Pacific.