TI's MSP430 microcontroller portfolio expands to offer industry's first programmable metrology devices for low-cost analog front-end solutions

MSP430AFE series allows increased functionality, flexibility and high-precision measurement in metering applications

MSP430AFE2xx series offers industry’s first programmable metrology devices
MSP430AFE2xx series offers industry’s first programmable metrology devices

DALLAS, TX (April 4, 2011) – Focusing on metering and Smart Grid applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced the MSP430AFE2xx series of metrology analog front end (AFE) ultra-low-power 16-bit microcontrollers. Part of TI's leading embedded processing portfolio, the low-cost MSP430AFE series offers the industry’s first programmable single-phase metrology devices supported with multiple communication interfaces. The microcontrollers enable system partitioning in metering applications, such as electricity meters, home automation, sub-metering and energy saving systems, which allows flexible, stand-alone, high-quality measurement. The MSP430AFE series is based on a 16-bit RISC architecture with a system frequency of 12MHz, offering 3X the system speed over competing parts to drive increased functionality. The microcontroller achieves less than 0.1 percent error in energy accuracy over a wide dynamic range of 2400:1, enabled by three independent 24-bit sigma-delta converters supporting anti-tamper. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/430afe-430metering-pr-lp.

The MSP430AFE2xx series is also supported by multiple tools, demos and EVMs to provide several options for developers to begin evaluation and move quickly to production. Allowing users to manage energy usage and begin saving money, the RF-capable MSP430 Energy Watchdog demo displays the electricity consumption of any plug-in appliance on an LCD display. The programmable MSP430AFE EVM can be used to test the new MSP430AFE2xx as a calibrated electricity meter. Additionally, the MSP-TS430PW24 target board and MSP-FET430U24 flash emulation tool can be used to program and debug the MSP430AFE devices.

Key features and benefits of the MSP430AFE2xx Series

• Single-phase metrology analog front end supporting class 0.1percent accuracy over a 2400:1 dynamic range

• Three 24-bit sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with simultaneous sampling for single-phase measurement and anti-tampering, and a small 24-pin TSSOP package for optimal space saving

• Programmable MSP430AFE devices offer flexibility in system design and performance

• Comprehensive TI libraries for measuring energy, power, voltage, current and several other key metering criteria provide quick and robust single-phase metrology implementation

• Up to 16KB Flash and 512B RAM provides design flexibility with programmable memory via SPI and UART interfaces

• Integrated peripherals, including 16-bit timer, watchdog and hardware multiplier allow for customer controlled tasks and math intensive computations in ultra-low power modes

• Fast ramp to production supported by multiple development tools, EVMs and demos and free, downloadable software debuggers and compilers, including Code Composer Studio ™ IDE and IAR Embedded Workbench

Pricing and availability

The MSP430AFE2xx microcontrollers are priced from $0.80 for 1K units and are immediately available. The MSP-TS430PW24 stand alone target board is priced at $75 and can be ordered at www.ti.com/430afe-pr-es. The MSP-FET430U24 flash emulation tool including software and target board is priced at $149 and can be ordered at www.ti.com/430afe-fet-pr-es. The MSP430 Energy Watchdog demo and MSP430AFE EVM are available in limited quantities. Please contact local sales representative for additional details.

TI’s broad portfolio of MCUs and software

From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs, to Stellaris® Cortex™-M3-based 32-bit MCUs and high performance, real-time control TMS320C2000™ MCUs, TI offers the broadest range of microcontroller solutions. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's complete software and hardware tools, extensive third-party offerings and technical support.

TI’s Smart Grid solutions

TI offers smarter grid solutions through innovative products, leading edge software and compliant integrated system solutions. TI’s Smart Grid portfolio uniquely combines readily available silicon, software and support for comprehensive grid infrastructure, utility meters and home or building automation systems.

Find out more about TI’s MSP430AFE Series by visiting the links below:

• MSP430AFE2xx microcontrollers: www.ti.com/430afe-430metering-pr-lp

• MSP430AFE video overview: www.ti.com/430afe-pr-v

• TI energy libraries: www.ti.com/430afe-pr-tf

• MSP-TS430PW24 target board: www.ti.com/430afe-pr-es

• MSP-FET430U24 flash emulation tool: www.ti.com/430afe-fet-pr-es

• TI’s Smart Grid solutions: www.ti.com/430afe-smartgrid-pr-lp

• TI's microcontroller portfolio: www.ti.com/430afe-microcontrollers-pr-lp

• Make the Switch to TI MCUs: www.ti.com/maketheswitch

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