Electronic Design

RF Platform Eases MCU-Based Apps

According to Texas Instruments, the CC430 platform offers the industry's lowest power, single-chip RF solution for microcontroller-based (MCU) applications. Promising to reduce system complexity, shrink package and printed-circuit board (PCB) size by up to 50%, the CC430 suits applications including RF networking, energy harvesting, industrial monitoring and tamper detection, personal wireless networks, and automatic metering infrastructure.

The platform combines a 16-bit MSP430F5xx MCU and a low-power RF transceiver and reportedly draws a low enough current to enable battery-operated wireless networking applications that operate without servicing for ten years or longer. A comprehensive MSP430 MCU peripheral set will be available for CC430-based devices including a 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and low-power comparators. With samples available in the first quarter of 2009, initial devices in the CC430 platform will be based on the 16-bit MSP430F5xx MCU and the sub-1GHz CC1101 RF transceiver.

Pricing will start at less than $2 each in volume.

Texas Instrument
www.ti.com

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