The latest news, tips and design resources for TI’s MSP portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit low-power microcontrollers.
    • Nov 16, 2017

    Modern, sleek and durable touch on metal HMIs

    Many industrial and consumer electronic product designers use metal in their designs due to its modern look and durability. However, implementing human machine interfaces (HMIs) on metal surfaces is challenging, as it requires machining and cutting a...
    • Nov 14, 2017

    25 functions for 25 cents: communication functions

    Have you ever used a home entertainment system or a home security system? Have you ever toured an automated factory? You may have found yourself wondering how all of the devices in these systems work together. From complex industrial systems to hom...
    • Nov 8, 2017

    Introductory price of $4.30 for MSP430FR2433 MCU LaunchPad™ kit

    The new MSP-EXP430FR2433 LaunchPad development kit is now available to purchase in the TI store. Use the coupon code NewMSP430LP to order the new LaunchPad kit for $4.30 (the regular price is $9.99) through Dec. 31, 2017. There is a limit of two MSP-...
    • Nov 8, 2017

    25 functions for 25 cents: An introduction to using MCUs for simple function enhancement

    What could you do with 0.5KB of memory if you had a 25 cent MCU? You’ve probably been using fixed-function integrated circuits (ICs) for quite some time now, and in some cases accepting their limited flexibility. A simple universal asynchronous...
    • Nov 2, 2017

    Optimizing code to fit your MCU: tips and tricks

    Have you ever been close to finishing your microcontroller (MCU) code, only to get the dreaded error message shown in Figure 1? Figure 1: Error message Your program is too large to fit in your device! This may seem like a hopeless situation, but ...
    • Oct 26, 2017

    The power of capacitive touch that you can’t see

    Want to have a sleek and eye-catching user interface design? Transparent capacitive-touch technology can help you by making the sensors invisible. Imaging placing your touch sensors over backlit keys or liquid crystal displays (LCDs) without using an expensive full-function touch-screen solution. Such applications usually require an optically transparent...
    • Oct 16, 2017

    Visualizing the performance of the low-energy accelerator

    Today’s electronics engineers are constantly challenged with the need for high performance while maintaining low power. The balance between these two seemingly conflicting ideas is at the heart of every design and is crucial to success in today’s market. Consider a gas-metering application, for example. These devices are often located in...
    • Oct 11, 2017

    Step 7 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU: how to pick the right MCU

    You made it to the last post in this series . Congratulations! You should have almost everything you need to get your smart thermostat application up and running, and you’ve learned how to tailor it to your application needs. In this last installment, I will summarize what you’ve learned so far and give you some tips and tricks on how to...
    • Aug 1, 2017

    Step 6 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU: energy optimization

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI In the first five installments of this series, we’ve helped you build a fully featured and network-connected smart thermostat. In this installment, we will focus on how you can best optimize power and energy consumption to extend the battery life of your thermostat. A battery-powered...
    • Jul 25, 2017

    How to create your own low-power telemetry logger for a drone

    What does it take to build a compact data logger to measure six axes of acceleration plus altitude for a hobbyist drone project? After a few weeks of design effort and some careful soldering, I have the answer: 1in 2 of printed circuit board (PCB) space, a couple of microelectrical mechanical system (MEMS) sensors, an MSP430™ ferroelectric random...