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  Date: 30/11/2011

$0.30 priced MSP430 16-bit automotive MCU from TI

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has announced the qualification of MSP430 16-bit microcontrollers for automotive applications. The AEC-Q100 certification allows developers. Automotive systems designers have access to more than 50 MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers for use in applications including interior cabin motors, capacitive touch, infotainment systems and remote keyless entry.

TI explains the inclusion of easy-to-use, scalable and code-compatible software, including the Grace software plug-in for Code Composer Studio IDE, helps developers speed designs and migrate to a roadmap of devices that offer more performance, memory options, greater connectivity and a higher temperature range.

Features and benefits of MSP430 microcontrollers as listed by TI include:
16-bit microcontrollers priced as low as $0.30 reduce system costs and extend a vehicle's battery life and fuel efficiency
LIN software drivers allow developers to easily design LIN-based applications and products
Devices are qualified for environments up to 105 degrees Celsius ambient temperature (Grade 2 & Grade 3) allowing developers to design systems that perform in extreme conditions
MSP430G2xx and MSP430F2xx microcontroller series offer up to 16 MHz, 32 KB flash and 1024 Bytes SRAM, allowing developers to choose the best performance and memory options for their solution
Optimized efficiency with ultra-low standby power of 0.4 uA and less than 1 uS wake-up time as well as integrated intelligent peripherals, such as 10-bit ADCs, UART, comparator and serial communication.

Pricing and availability: MSP430 automotive microcontrollers start at $0.30 USD for 50K units and are available for sampling.

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