The latest news, tips and design resources for TI’s MSP portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit low-power microcontrollers.
    • 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...
    • 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 Bhargavi Nisarga , Systems Engineer at TI How it all started When starting in the ultra-low-power microcontroller (MCU) business at TI, just after finishing universit...
    • 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...