CC430F513x MCUs Advance Single-Chip RF Solutions

Texas Instruments has introduced the CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs), which are supported by a rich developer ecosystem, offering complete and scalable hardware and software. The CC430F513x MCUs combine the ultra-low power MSP430 MCU with the high-performance, sub-1GHz CC1101 RF transceiver. The CC430F513x devices offer up to 20 MIPS performance in a small package (7 x 7mm) and support security options such as an integrated AES hardware module.

TI is also expanding its LCD product offering with the CC430F61xx series of devices, providing developers with more options to meet varying design needs. With the capability to support multiple protocols and a broad frequency range, the CC430 MCUs, along with the extensive third-party ecosystem, spur innovation in applications such as home and building automation, smart metering, energy harvesting, asset tracking and portable medical applications. Developers can also immediately jumpstart CC430 MCU-based designs with the EM430F6137RF900 and EZ430-Chronos wireless-development tools, which include all the hardware design information required to develop a complete wireless project.

Eight devices offer non-LCD (CC430F513x) and LCD (CC430F61xx) options, as well as a range of pin count, memory and high-performance analogue integration to meet varying design needs. For LCD-based applications, the CC430F61xx MCU with integrated LCD capabilities reduces system cost and size. Ultra-low power MSP430 MCU core and sub-1GHz CC1101 RF transceiver are combined on one chip to reduce system complexity and shrink package and printed circuit board (PCB) size by up to 50 per cent compared with two-chip solutions. Devices draw low enough current to enable battery-operated wireless networking applications that operate without servicing for several years, reducing maintenance costs and overall BOM.

EZ430-Chronos and EM430F6137RF900 are complete wireless-development kits that provide all the hardware and software support necessary to instantly develop and deploy projects. A third-party ecosystem of hardware and software developers includes Amber Wireless, BM innovations, the DASH7 Alliance, Digikey, IAR Systems, LS Research, Sensinode, Steinbeis Transfer Center Embedded Design and Networking, and Virtual Extension. Software stacks and protocols are an important factor in reducing time to market for developers. TI is working closely with industry-leading third-party developers to bring various industry-accepted software stacks to customers.

Examples include 6LoWPAN (building control, lighting control and smart grid); Wireless MBUS (smart metering); Opentag, an open-source firmware library for Dash7 (building automation, smart grid and asset tracking); VEmesh (wireless-mesh smart meter and sensor networking); and Bluerobin (personal health and fitness) solutions. More information on the CC430 ecosystem can be found at the company's website. Production quantities of the CC430F513x MCUs are immediately available to order, starting at USD4.15 (GBP2.72) (1K units). Sampling in May, the CC430F61xx range with integrated LCD is also immediately available to order and pricing starts at USD4.35 (1K units).


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