The latest news, tips and design resources for TI’s MSP portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit low-power microcontrollers.
    • Nov 28, 2016

    Rain on this touch panel parade won’t matter

    Capacitive touch panels can be touchy, especially in the rain when a drop of water can look a lot like a fingertip and the swipe of a drying towel can drive lesser microcontrollers (MCUs) crazy. The problem can be particularly troublesome for applications like electronic locks (e-locks) or an outdoor security panel that might, for example, open and...
    • Nov 17, 2016

    Value line MCUs bring more analog to personal electronic products

    It’s tough for consumers these days to figure out the differences among the many personal electronic devices like electric razors and toothbrushes that crowd the shelves of stores or populate the pages of Internet shopping sites. Deciding whic...
    • Nov 15, 2016

    How to build a smart thermostat using an MCU – 7 steps to make it happen!

    Step 1 - A short story on where we come from and where we want to go Co-authored by Britta Ruelander and Bhargavi Nisarga, Systems Engineers at TI How it all started When starting in the ultra-low-power microcontroller (MCU) business at TI, just after finishing university, I found that I had a lot of questions regarding the features and functionality...
    • Nov 8, 2016

    MCUs can recognize what you say

    In our connected world we are seeing more electronic devices that understand speech. Smartphones, tablets and laptops include apps like Siri or Cortana that let help you search for answers, control the electronics around you and more. While these apps are impressive, they also take a lot of processing power and memory. So it is not a surprising misconception...
    • Nov 4, 2016

    Updating those hard-to-reach industrial machines

    Have you ever found yourself needing to update firmware on a product that has been released for field operation? Lifetime dependability is not guaranteed after all, a software bug could be discovered or the program’s functionality could be further optimized after the initial release date. Quick action is necessary to update the products which...
    • Oct 27, 2016

    It may be small, but it’s powerful

    In a world where memory and pin count increase on an almost daily basis, we sometimes hear questions asking why we continue to develop and release microcontrollers (MCUs) with only a few kilobytes (KBs) of memory. Well the answer is really quit...
    • Sep 29, 2016

    Health monitoring devices get a jolt from MCUs

    The market for fitness products received a jolt several years ago when wristband-sized health monitors burst on the scene. Then, smartwatches made their appearance and they were able to gather more advanced health-related data. Now, telemedicine is s...
    • Sep 27, 2016

    Unit testing ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCUs in a desktop environment

    I've written a short white paper that outlines some methodologies that can be used for unit testing code written for any ultra-low-power MSP430™ microcontrollers (MCU). Through my many years of experience of writing software for desktop, em...
    • Sep 23, 2016

    Sub-1 GHz + Bluetooth® low energy and low-power MCUs help make meter reading automatic

    With the increasing focus on utilizing less of our world’s resources in our daily lives – water and energy are two important factors that can easily be reduced. Automatic meter reading (AMR) is one of the technologies being introduced to ...
    • Aug 18, 2016

    When green meets the IoT

    When it comes to lowering the rate of power consumption wherever possible, two seemingly unrelated trends – the Internet of Things (IoT) and the green power movement – seemingly converge. Of course, low-power consumption is nothing new fo...