TI previews MSP430FR59xx low power MCUs

TI has announced the preview of the MSP430FR58xx and MSP430FR59xx family of ultra-low-power microcontrollers. This group consists of several devices featuring embedded FRAM nonvolatile memory, an ultra-low-power 16-bit MSP430 CPU, and different sets of peripherals targeted for various applications. The architecture, FRAM, and peripherals, combined with seven low-power modes, are optimized to achieve extended battery […]

TI Bluetooth SensorTag kit

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player TI has announced the availability of their Bluetooth low energy SensorTag kit. With a downloadable SensorTag App and sample applications, the kit removes the barriers to entry for smartphone app developers who want to take advantage of the growing number of Bluetooth low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets. The kit lists […]

TI multicore programming guide

TI has released their Multicore Programming Guide. Their announcement states, “To meet the ever-increasing processing demand, modern System-On-Chip solutions contain multiple processing cores. The dilemma is how to map applications to multicore devices. In this paper, we present a programming methodology for converting applications to run on multicore devices. We also describe the features of […]

TI EMI/ESD protection guide

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) isn’t something you usually think about until after you’ve accidentally zapped a sensitive component and can’t figure out why it looks OK but isn’t working. Similarly, electromagnetic interference (EMI) usually isn’t taken into account unless it begins to negatively impact a new wireless design. TI has released a 41-page PDF entitled System […]

TIDeals: eZ430-Chronos watch again

If you missed it before, TI is offering the Chronos Watch as their current week’s deal at $24.50. The eZ430 deal includes the wireless enabled watch, CC1111 USB RF access point, and a CD containing software and documentation. A welcome change by TI is the elimination of the deal coupon codes. TI is now fulfilling […]

Chronos hacking update

JP Norair has been hacking away with the TI 433 MHz Chronos. My project is OpenTag, which is a 433 MHz centric IoT/M2M stack. It’s 433-centric because it implements DASH7 and because it makes design assumptions that multihop is not of great importance (at 433 MHz, it certainly isn’t). You can check the wiki, which […]

TI’s CC110L RF Module BoosterPack

asdf informs us that TI has the CC110L RF Module BoosterPack now in stock and available for $19. According to TI: The CC110L RF BoosterPack is a low-power wireless transceiver extension kit for use with the Texas Instruments MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad development kit. Based on the CC110L device, the on-board Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) A110LR09A radio […]

TI intros LM5017 100 V, 600 mA synchronous buck regulator

TI has introduced the LM5017 buck regulator. The LM5017 is a 100 V, 600 mA synchronous step-down regulator with integrated high side and low side MOSFETs. The constant-on-time (COT) control scheme employed in the LM5017 requires no loop compensation, provides excellent transient response, and enables very low step-down ratios. The on-time varies inversely with the […]

Texas Instruments changes outrageous contest rules

A few days ago we wrote about Texas Instruments’ crazy contest rules. Participants have to hand over everything to enter, including ‘enjoyment’ of the project. TI noticed and updated the rules. From the comments: Thanks for bringing this to our notice. The terms and conditions in question have been corrected. The contest in question does […]

TI India design contest irrational terms and conditions

Bertho pointed us to the totally irrational terms and conditions of the TI India design contest. Once you enter your project into their contest you lose any right over that project and idea whatsoever. TI claims total ownership of “all rights, title and interest, including but not limited to patents, designs, mask-works, copyright and rights […]

TI India design contest

Update from the comments: I’d think twice before entering. From the terms and conditions point 2: By making a submission as part of the TIIMDC, you expressly agree to irrevocably, perpetually and exclusively grant and assign in favour of Texas Instruments (India) Private Limited (TI), without any geographical restriction and on a royalty free basis, […]