TI unveils microcontrollers based on Wolverine technology platform

Texas Instruments Incorporated, or TI, has unveiled low power microcontrollers based on its Wolverine technology platform.

TI's new FRAM-based MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers enable developers to add flexibility, performance and battery life to a variety of applications, including wireless sensing, energy harvesting, Smart Grid, industrial, consumer, building automation and security, the company said.

MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers offer up to 64kB embedded FRAM, direct memory access (DMA) engine, 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), analog comparator, capacitive touch IOs and UART, SPI and I2C serial interfaces.

Developers can also add hardware, AES encryption, memory protection and hardware accelerated random number generator (DRNG) to their designs without the need for more central processing unit (CPU) performance, memory or power, the company said.

MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers offer the 'Wolverine' platform's features including 360 nA in real-time clock mode, less than 100 uA/MHz in active power consumption, fast wakeup time of 6.5us and high precision peripherals such as internal power management and 12-bit ADC at 75uA.

According to the company, features and benefits of the MSP430FR59xx series include unified, non-volatile FRAM provides lowest power memory and flexible development space for simple and fast memory writes and the ability to treat any part of memory as data or program space.

Intelligent, integrated analog and digital peripherals such as 12-bit ADC, enhanced serial interface supporting UART, I2C, and full-featured SPI simplify software writes, save memory size, increase battery life with the help of a flexible clocking system and reduce the need for external components to decrease development costs.

Advanced security features such as AES256 hardware encryption accelerator, hardware DRNG, flexible firmware update options and memory protection with functional encapsulation offer a simple method for adding secure functions to applications, especially wireless networks. Supporting tools, free software resources and technical documentation to ensure developers get started, the company added.