“Let’s imagine a design that reduces the number of analog components and reduces the size of the board. Using this design, you can customize functionality for specific applications and optimize for performance, power, size, and cost. Now, a simple MSP430 MCU can fulfill all the above functions. Let’s take a look at what new applications MSP430 MCUs might have in various designs.
Let’s imagine a design that reduces the number of analog components and reduces the size of the board. Using this design, you can customize functionality for specific applications and optimize for performance, power, size, and cost. Now, a simple MSP430 MCU can fulfill all the above functions. Let’s take a look at what new applications MSP430 MCUs might have in various designs.
Rich simulation functions
You can use MSP430 MCUs to offload many important system-level functions and reduce design complexity. Using an MSP430 MCU as a housekeeping (or auxiliary) MCU means it can handle multiple system-level functions such as input/output expansion, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and LED control, which can reduce board space and design cost . You can learn how to implement simple analog or digital functions in a variety of applications in the MSP General Purpose MCU training series.
Low-Power Building Automation Sensor Design
Small printed circuit board layout, scalable range sensing, and high-efficiency resolution sampling with low noise can be accomplished with the MSP430 MCU. This makes it ideal for a variety of building automation applications, such as pyroelectric infrared sensors (PIR), smoke detectors (shown in Figure 1), and thermostats.
Figure 1: MSP430 MCUs enable sensing in low-power building automation applications
There are several types of sensors on the market, such as electrochemical sensors (oxygen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide), which require different types of signal integration. The ultra-low power consumption of MSP430 MCUs can extend the battery life of these systems. The MSP430 also features an integrated programmable gain amplifier (PGA) and multiplexed interfaces for gas detectors. In addition, the MSP430 MCUs come with a graphical user interface (GUI) where you can configure and connect comparators, PGAs, and ADCs for quick evaluation.
Capacitive touch technology makes your designs smarter
From buttons in elevator halls to volume controls in in-vehicle entertainment systems to the central Display of a smart home, more and more customers are demanding quick responses to touch gestures. Figure 2 is an example of a car touch screen. These applications use capacitive touch technology. Capacitive touch technology has low power consumption and good electromagnetic compatibility and noise immunity, which can meet the requirements of these applications.
MSP430 MCUs simplify the design of capacitive touch solutions by providing an easy-to-use ecosystem that includes evaluation modules, software, and a GUI with code generation that can be used throughout the design process from prototype to production help in. Check out the Lite Capacitive Touch Handbook to jumpstart your design.
Figure 2: Example of a car touchscreen
Learn more about flow meters using ultrasonic sensing technology
Does your system require devices that can measure liquid or gas flow rates or detect objects? Ultrasonic sensing MCUs enable water and gas flow measurement, or use ultrasonic technology to detect objects in a room. The MSP430 MCU has a unique waveform capture technology that uses a high-speed ADC and cross-correlation method, enabling high-precision measurements with low power consumption. Build your next water flow measurement system, coffee maker or ventilator with our MSP Academy; MSP Academy gives you a better understanding of ultrasonic sensing technology and helps you set up a test evaluation environment in under an hour.
Create reliable low-power power management designs
Electric bikes, battery packs and power tools require highly reliable battery management solutions to ensure longer battery life. The MSP430 MCU can be used as the main controller to communicate with the battery monitor. Learn how to create more energy efficient and reliable power designs with our reference designs.
slave digital peripherals such as 16-bit timers with capture and compare, universal asynchronous transceivers, serial peripheral interfaces, and I2C) to analog peripherals (such as 10- to 12-bit continuous approximation register ADCs), digital-to-analog converters, op amps and LCDs, the MSP430 MCU family offers a broad and low-cost product portfolio to help address today’s growing variety of MCU design challenges.
With the rich ecosystem of MSP430 MCUs, it is easy to evaluate MSP430 MCUs and accelerate the design of each module, no matter what application is encountered. Rediscover the MSP430 MCU with our step-by-step training videos, GUI, LaunchPad™ development kit and software examples. To get started, use the MSP430F42433 LaunchPad development kit to develop and configure your various application designs that can be implemented with a simple MCU. Start your design today with our Chinese tutorials!