Texas Instruments Inc. has 64 new
Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that offer
16-bit performance. The new MSP430G2xx2 MCUs include integrated capacitive
touch IOs, allowing developers to interface directly with capacitive touch
pads, eliminating the need for additional hardware and components. The
MSP430 MCU Value Line expansion provides extra package and memory options,
providing developers with increased design flexibility. Supported by TI's $4.30
LaunchPad development kit, free software and broad third party support network,
the G2xx2 MCUs further enable an easy upgrade to 16-bit performance while
maintaining the ultra-low Value Line price. The new MSP430G2xx2 MCUs are priced
from $0.33 for 100K units. The MSP430 MCU Value
Line LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430G2) is
priced at $4.30.
Key features and benefits of the Value Line G2xx2 MCUs
Integrated capacitive touch IOs eliminate the need for
external passive components, reducing system level BOM
Increased memory ranges of up to 8KB Flash and 256B RAM to
support more advanced applications
Additional package options with increased pin counts
(20-pin TSSOP and PDIP) offer more flexibility when programming and designing
Optimized efficiency with ultra-low standby power of 0.4
microamps and <1 microseconds wake-up time as well as integrated
intelligent peripherals, such as 10-bit ADCs, UART, comparator and serial
Supported by complete hardware and software development
environment with free, downloadable software debuggers and compilers, including
Code Composer Studio IDE and IAR Embedded Workbench, and $4.30 LaunchPad
Code compatible across MSP430 platform providing easy
migration path for added scalability
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.