TI's FRAM MSP 430 microcontroller development kit, from element14

August 04, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Farnell element14 has the Texas Instruments MSP430 ULP (ultra low power) FRAM LaunchPad, a development platform which combines embedded FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) and an ultra low-power system architecture.

This addition to the LaunchPad family, MSP-EXP430FR5969, is an Evaluation Module for the MSP4305969 microcontroller that enables developers to evaluate claims for reduced energy budgets, minimised product size and battery-free operation.

Embedded FRAM, a non-volatile memory known for high endurance and high speed write access, together with ultra-low power makes the MSP430 suited for a wide variety of applications ranging from metering, wearable electronics, consumer electronics, the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial and remote sensors, home automation and energy harvesting.

Available in this dev kit, TI's EnergyTrace++ technology is the first debug system that enables developers to analyse power consumption down to 5 nA resolution in real-time for each peripheral; this allows engineers to take control of their power budget and optimise software to create the lowest energy product possible.

The kit includes:

MSP430 ULP FRAM technology-based 16-bit MSP430FR5969 MCU

64 kB FRAM / 2 kB SRAM

16-bit RISC architecture up to 8-MHz FRAM access / 16 MHz system clock speed

5x timer blocks

Analog: 16 ch 12-bit differential ADC, 16 ch comparator

Digital: AES256, CRC, DMA, HW MPY32

20 pin LaunchPad standard leveraging the BoosterPack ecosystem

The evaluation kit comes with the essentials to get started fast, including on-board eZ-FET emulation for programming, debugging and energy measurements. The board features on-board buttons and LEDs for quick integration of a simple user interface as well as a SuperCap allowing standalone applications without an external power supply.

The Texas Instruments MSP-EXP430FR5969 is now available through Farnell element14 in Europe. The boards will be priced at £14.45 or equivalent. Data sheets and application notes can be found on the product pages together with a range of associated accessories, and 24/5 live tech support is available for any queries.

Element14; www.premierfarnell.com