The latest news, tips and design resources for TI’s MSP portfolio of 16-bit and 32-bit low-power microcontrollers.
    • 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...
    • Jul 19, 2017

    Protecting your software investment

    After years of work, way too little sleep and way too much coffee, you’ve developed an innovative new product that will disrupt the market and change the world. How do you protect the code that you’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into developing? While there is no perfect solution to protect against unauthorized access or reverse...
    • Jun 22, 2017

    FRAM or flash: How to select the right MCU for your application

    When choosing a microcontroller (MCU) to use in your application, you will have to decide between using a device with flash or ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM). You might be wondering what FRAM is and if it’s a worthwhile feature. FRAM offers several advantages over traditional memory technologies such as flash, including faster write...
    • Jun 16, 2017

    Step 5 to build a smart thermostat using an MCU – adding network connectivity

    Co-authored by Britta Ruelander , systems engineer at TI Internet of Things (IoT) technology makes products like thermostats smarter by connecting them to the network and enabling remote user access. The previous four blog posts of this “How to ...
    • 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 ...