The latest news, tips and design resources for TI’s MSP portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit low-power microcontrollers.
    • May 25, 2017

    Why knock on wood when touch will do?

    Maybe you didn’t know it, but a sleek new user interface is coming to your dinner table. Seriously, furniture manufacturers are increasingly turning to touch technology to modernize the staid old furnishings that have been their stock in trade for centuries. Of course, in order to add a touch interface to a piece of furniture, the technology must...
    • Apr 18, 2017

    Step 4 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU – adding HMI

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI Why HMI? - Adding the interface In our first three blog posts we helped you to get started with a smart thermostat application. By now, you should be able to sample the temperature data ...
    • Mar 21, 2017

    Bridging the capacitive touch gap with more processing power

    Capacitive touch, or capacitive sensing, is commonly used in applications that need human machine interfaces (HMI), proximity detection, fluid level monitoring, acceleration and/or displacement. The basic principal is simple: a change in the sensing ...
    • Mar 14, 2017

    Sense, measure and more with MSP430™ MCUs at embedded world 2017

    MSP430™ microcontrollers (MCUs) are at the heart of many embedded applications being discussed at embedded world 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany this week. This is especially true for sensing and measurement applications including smoke detectors, t...
    • Mar 6, 2017

    Step 3 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU – What to do with all the data?

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI You’ve already started to develop your own smart thermostat by implementing the sensing and measurement chain for your application. Now, let’s get going with processing and logg...
    • Feb 28, 2017

    Getting a grip on handheld devices is easier with capacitive touch sensing

    Get a grip – sometimes it is easier to get one than to detect it, unless your design has a microcontroller (MCU) with a specialized analog front-end that features capacitive touch sensing. Grip detection is a real benefit in small handheld device applications, displayed in figure 1, like remote-control units, test and measurement instruments...
    • Feb 15, 2017

    Packing more performance into space-constrained embedded applications

    Sensing applications are getting physically smaller and smaller. Whether you’re designing a remote industrial sensor node that needs to be tucked away in a factory (Figure 1) or a sensor for the next smart wearable device, space is becoming a scarce resource. On the other hand, there is an increasing need for integration and processing to be...
    • Feb 13, 2017

    Celebrating #MSP430love

    One of the things that makes MSP430™ microcontrollers (MCUs) great is the worldwide community and how much love they show for the platform with their designs, external forum and TI E2E™ community posts and conversations on social media. T...
    • Feb 8, 2017

    How to get more processing without sacrificing power consumption

    Every day more electronic devices are being connected to centralized networks for the purpose of data collection and analysis. These products range from industrial sensors used to monitor a factory process, an intelligent fire detection system or a home Wi-Fi®-connected thermostat or video doorbell, even my BBQ thermometer connects to the internet...
    • Jan 18, 2017

    Step 2 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU– It’s all about the sensing

    Co-authored by Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI Hopefully you are all just waiting to get your hands on the smart thermostat project we outlined in our first blog post . Now, let’s get started with the sensing part of the smart thermosta...