Heralded as the industry’s first ultra-low-power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), the MSP430FR57xx FRAM series claims to achieve data writing speeds more than 100 times faster while using 250 times less power than flash- and EEPROM-based MCUs. Of particular note, on-chip FRAM allows data retention in all power modes, supports more than 100 trillion write cycles, and allows users to partition data and programming memory with changes in software. Other features include reliable remote software upgrades, FRAM densities up to 16 kB, analog and connectivity peripheral options including 10-bit ADCs, 32-bit hardware multipliers, up to five 16-bit timers, multiple enhanced SPI/I2C/UART buses, and code compatibility across MSP platforms. Pricing for MSP430FR57xx MCUs starts at $1.20 each/10,000. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC., Dallas, TX. (800) 477-8924.