Texas Instruments MSP430 Microcontroller Capacitive Touch Portfolio

Texas Instruments introduced the MSP430 16-bit microcontroller capacitive touch solution. The MSP430 platform features the free MSP430 capacitive touch library; MSP430G2xx2, MSP430F51x2, G2xx2 and G2xx3 devices; Capacitive Touch BoosterPack (430BOOST-SENSE1); and MSP430F5529 Experimenter Board. The TI MSP430G2xx2 is priced from $0.33 (100K units). Samples of the G2xx3 is available now. Prices start at $0.42 (100K units). For a limited time, the Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is available for $4.30. The MSP430F5529 Experimenter Board is available now for $149. The MSP430F51x2 will start sampling in 3Q11.

TI MSP430 Capacitive Touch Portfolio Highlights

  • Easy-to-use, cost-effective options for microcontroller-based capacitive touch applications
  • Helps developers add touch sense capabilities to any MSP430 microcontroller
  • Capacitive touch library enables capacitive touch buttons, sliders, wheels and proximity sensors on all MSP430 microcontrollers
  • Software library eliminating the need for developers to create complex touch sensing algorithms
  • Royalty-free library consumes as little as 1 KB of code space, minimizing memory requirements
  • Enables touch sense applications at a reduced system cost
  • MSP430 Value Line G2xx2 and G2xx3 devices include capacitive touch sense IO’s
  • Enable developers to interface directly with capacitive touch pads without external components
  • G2xx2 and G2xx3 feature memory ranges of up to 16KB Flash and 512B RAM
  • Optimized efficiency enabling ultra-low-power touch sensitive buttons down to 1µA
  • MSP430F51x2 devices will include new MSP430 peripheral, Timer_D, a timer featuring a 4 nanosecond resolution
  • MSP430F51x2 enables high-precision touch sensing
  • Capacitive Touch BoosterPack for the MSP430 LaunchPad is a low-cost way to jump start development for touch sensitive scroll wheel and proximity sensors
  • Supported by free, downloadable software debuggers and compilers, including Code Composer Studio IDE and IAR Embedded Workbench
  • MSP430F5529 experimenter board for evaluating touch sense buttons with a wide range of peripherals and sensors

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