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MSP430 16-bit Ultra-Low Power MCU from Texas Instruments

The MSP430 family of ultra-low-power 16-bit RISC mixed-signal processors from Texas Instruments (TI) provides the ultimate solution for battery-powered measurement applications. Using leadership in both mixed-signal and digital technologies, TI has created the MSP430 which enables system designers to simultaneously interface to analog signals, sensors and digital components while maintaining unmatched low power.


A 16-bit RISC CPU, peripherals and flexible clock system are combined by using a von-Neumann common memory address bus (MAB) and memory data bus (MDB). Partnering a modern CPU with modular memory-mapped analog and digital peripherals, the MSP430 offers solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s mixed-signal applications.


Ultra-low-power architecture extends battery life:

  • 0.1-µA RAM retention
  • 0.8-µA real-time clock mode
  • 250-µA/MIPS active

Wide range of integrated intelligent peripherals offloads the CPU

Modern 16-bit RISC CPU enables new applications at a fraction of the code size


  • Utility metering
  • Portable instrumentation
  • Intelligent sensing
  • Consumer electronics

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