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Lowest-power Multi-standard, Multi-band MCUs

Published: Mar 01,2018

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To meet growing connectivity needs for buildings, factories and the grid, Texas Instruments (TI) introduced its newest SimpleLink wireless and wired microcontrollers (MCUs).

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These new devices offer industry-leading low power consumption and concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity for Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1 GHz. With more memory and unlimited connectivity options, the expanded SimpleLink MCU platform offers designers 100 percent code reuse across TI's Arm Cortex-M4-based MCUs to enhance and connect sensor networks to the cloud.

The lowest power: The new wireless and host MCUs consistently achieve the lowest power in the industry, more than 10 years on a coin-cell battery, and now offer a newly enhanced low-power sensor controller with current consumption as low as 1.5uA for a 100 Hz comparator reading.

More than 10 connectivity protocols: The expanded SimpleLink MCU platform supports a variety of connectivity protocols and standards for 2.4 GHz and Sub-1 GHz bands, including the latest Thread and Zigbee standards, Bluetooth low energy, IEEE 802.15.4g, Wireless M-Bus and more.

Option for extended range: With the multi-band CC1352P wireless MCU, developers can extend range even further for metering and building automation applications using its integrated power amplifier with high output power of +20-dBm and transmit current as low as 60 mA.

2 MB of flash memory: New SimpleLink MSP432P4 MCUs, with an integrated 16-bit precision ADC, give developers eight times more code space and the ability to host multiple wireless connectivity stacks and a 320-segment liquid crystal display (LCD) with extended temperature range for industrial applications.

Enhanced security features: The CC13x2 and CC26x2 wireless MCUs offer new security hardware accelerators for the following encryption protocols: AES-128/256, SHA2-512, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), RSA-2048 and true random number generator (TRNG).

Code compatibility: These new products are all supported by the SimpleLink software development kit (SDK) and provide a unified framework for platform extension through 100 percent application code reuse.

To assist in developing with the SimpleLink MCU platform, TI offers the SimpleLink Academy, a comprehensive and interactive learning experience with overviews and training tutorials on the supported industry standards and technologies.

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