Over the past couple weeks you may have heard rumblings about the new MSP430FR59x microcontrollers (MCUs) now available from Texas Instruments. These are the lowest-power microcontrollers in the world and offer a whole host of integrated analog and digital peripherals ranging from a 12-bit differential ADC to an AES hardware accelerator. Plus, these devices are enabled by EnergyTrace++ technology that is revolutionizing the way developers handle power debugging by offering current profiles from nA to mA and including details about both CPU and peripheral states. So the question is...have you heard of the new MSP430 FRAM LaunchPad Development Kit that can get your design off the ground today? The MSP430FR5969 LaunchPad (MSP-EXP430FR5969) is here and you can own it today for just $24!
So what makes this LaunchPad different?
The MSP-EXP430FR5969 brings the exciting new features of the MSP430FR5969 into the LaunchPad ecosystem. This means lower power consumption (at 100uA/MHz active and 450nA standby with RTC), more peripherals to explore and EnergyTrace+[CPU States]+[Peripheral States] to bring power profiling/debugging to the next level. On top of that this is the first LaunchPad to add non-volatile FRAM memory technology. This means simplified data handling, improved speed and power consumption of write operations, and drastically increased write endurance by leveraging what I like to call, the "FRAM advantage." Plus, with a 100mF capacitor, this LaunchPad doesn't just require a small power source, it can operate without one. You heard right, with this LaunchPad no batteries required!
In case the specs of the MSP430FR5969 LaunchPad are not enough to sway you, we also created a fantastic out-of-box experience including a GUI for quick and easy evaluation. It features two modes:
Live Temperature Mode:
Data is measured using the on-chip temperature sensor of the MSP430FR5969 and streamed back to the GUI via backchannel UART.
FRAM Logging Mode:
This mode showcases the data logging capabilities of FRAM by disconnecting from the computer and using the on-board super capacitor for power. In this mode, the microcontroller will go to sleep and wake up at 5 second intervals to log temperature and capacitor voltage data. These values can be uploaded and graphed when reconnected to the computer.
If you want more, the LCD bundle (MSP-BNDL-FR5969LCD) offers a unique out-of-box experience that leverages the capabilities of the MSP430FR5969 device as well. The Battery Free Mode can actually run without an external power supply for up to 20 hours! You can get this for only $29.99. That is a savings of over 30%!
Buy your LaunchPad today!!!
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