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created with innovation at the core.

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Low-power MCUs

Performance MCUs

MSP Ultra-Low-Power

Applications where the majority of device lifecycle is spent in standby

Low Power + Performance

Mostly ‘On’ battery powered applications needing significant compute requirements

Security + Communications

Datalogging applications that transfer securely over RF

C2000™ Real-time Control

Applications needing low latency closed loop control

Control + Automation

Expanding real-time control platforms with Host Control & Industrial Communications technology

Safety

Applications that require functional safety

Core / Frequency / Memory

Ultra-Low-Power Low Power + Performance Security + Communications Real-time Control Control + Automation Hercules™ Safety
Core Core Core Core Core Core
MSP430 MSP430 MSP430 C28x ARM Cortex-M4 ARM Cortex-M3
        C28x + ARM Cortex-M3 ARM Cortex-R4
Frequency Frequency Frequency Frequency Frequency Frequency
Up to 16 MHz Up to 25 MHz Up to 20 MHz Up to 300 MHz Up to 150 MHz Up to 220 MHz
Memory Memory Memory Memory Memory Memory
Up to 120 KB Flash Up to 512 KB Flash Up to 32 KB Flash Up to 1 MB Flash Up to 1.5 MB Flash Up to 3 MB Flash with ECC
Up to 128 KB FRAM Up to 64 KB RAM Up to 32 KB RAM Up to 512 KB RAM Up to 256 KB RAM Up to 256 KB RAM with ECC

Applications

Ultra-Low-Power Low Power + Performance Security + Communications Real-time Control Control + Automation Hercules™ Safety
Energy harvesting Sensor hub Vehicle access Digital power Automation & process control Avionics
Portable consumer Electric meters Security LED lighting HMI Automotive & transportation
Medical Blood glucose meters Building access Motor control Industrial drives industrial safety
Smart Grid   Medical patches PLC Lighting Medical equipment
Sensors     Solar power Sensor hub  
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MCU innovation

Innovation is at the core of TI MCUs. From ultra-low power MSP430™ MCUs and high-performance C2000™ real-time controllers, to ARM-based MCUs, TI’s microcontroller platform offers innovated devices with integrated on-chip architectures, unique intellectual property, system expertise in key markets, and a comprehensive ecosystem of software, tools and support.

Process technology

Process technology

The foundation for TI MCUs is our process technology, which consists of three major building blocks:

  • Non-volatile memory
  • Low power
  • Analog in the nodes

TI is continuously innovating and pushing the boundaries to ensure we’re using the best process technology for our microcontroller designs.

130 nm process

Features FRAM (ferroelectric random access memory), allowing 100,000x read/write without consuming extra battery power, which results in real-time data collection with ultra-low-power consumption.

65 nm process

TI is the only manufacturer in production with 65 nm, which provides best-in-class ULL (ultra-low leakage). This process node stretches the performance vector and enables more MHz or a higher clock-rate, allowing high-performance applications that still consume relatively low power.

Future Nodes

TI is always looking on the horizon for the next biggest differentiator in process technology — we never stop innovating in this space.

Architecture & integration

Architecture & integration

TI MCUs include unique system architecture, offering differentiated platforms to choose from based on your needs. Our broad portfolio of microcontrollers allows our customers to innovate and create designs across a wide range of applications.

Low-power MCUs

Low-power MCUs, which integrate a power management system with interrupt handling and SRAM/FRAM for real-time data capture, making these devices extremely powerful at ultra-low power levels to preserve battery life. More data can be captured and manipulated easily, changing the application architecture, as well.

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Performance MCUs

Performance MCUs consist of microcontrollers designed for closed-loop control applications requiring real-time performance, connectivity, and safety functionality. Comprising this portfolio are C2000™ Real-time Control MCUs, Control + Automation MCUs, and Hercules™ Safety MCUs. C2000™ Real-time Control microcontrollers provide real-time closed-loop control through powerful DSP processing, high-resolution actuation, and precise sensing. Control + Automation MCUs provide targeted solutions for closed-loop control applications that require connectivity and system automation. Hercules™ Safety MCUs provide closed-loop control for safety critical applications with specific design for functional safety standards such as IEC61508 and ISO 26262.

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Smart analog

Smart analog

With unique IP targeted for specific markets and customer needs, customers are able to further optimize the performance of their system design. For example, here are a few critical IPs that set us apart:

  • TI strategically integrates smart analog and digital peripherals to ensure customers leverage the optimal MCU for their specific applications. Integration of these peripherals also decreases the number of discrete parts, which helps to reduce BOM costs for our customers. Unique peripherals for TI are Delta Sigma ADCs, Ethernet PHY and OpAmps.
  • Crypto security embedded encryption on the MCUs provide a safeguard for applications involving critical, proprietary data.
  • TI’s InstaSPIN™ motor control technology is embedded on the ROM in C2000 MCUs with proprietary algorithms to get motors spinning in five minutes or less (versus months) and improving application efficiency by as much as 80 percent!

Systems expertise

Systems expertise

Building upon 20+ years of system and market expertise to further help our customers, we provide real-world applications kits and reference designs to aid your development for specific applications. Our continual support for and experience with our customers’ markets and applications enables us to design next generation of MCUs to address future design needs.

TI Designs

Find reference designs leveraging the best in TI technology for microcontrollers.

All TI Designs include:

  • Comprehensive designs include schematic, test data and design files
  • Created by experts with deep system and product knowledge
  • Spans TI´s micocontroller portfolio of products
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Focused Applications

TI microcontrollers help shape systems all over the world to enable design advancements that are fast, green, smart and fun. Our ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCUs and high performance C2000™ devices offer a wide selection of embedded controller products to fit your design needs. TI’s MCU portfolio is complete with a variety of versatile and dependable options, and we continually innovate alongside our customers to meet their demands, both now and in the future.

Support & Community

Search for solutions, get help, share knowledge and solve problems with fellow engineers and TI experts.

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MCU ecosystem: software, tools & kits

MCU ecosystem: software, tools & kits

TI MCUs comprehensive ecosystem includes unique software, tools, and innovative kits, and an E2E community for support, as well as third party software and tools. With this toolkit of resources at your fingertips, you have support throughout your design process.

Software & Tools

TI provides the necessary software components for a firm foundation of software, making product development easier and faster, leaving more time for you to add your own differentiation to your designs.

Kits

TI MCUs hardware ecosystem includes three categories depending on what phase of the design process you’re at:

  • Evaluation modules for initial assessment and for getting familiar with TI MCUs
  • Development kits that offer a more robust ecosystem
  • Application kits designed for specific markets

Third Party Tools/Software

TI’s Design Network Partners, including the ARM development network and vendors such as IAR, Mentor Graphics, Green Hills and so many more, also offer hardware solutions to enable faster development for our customers.

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From Low-power MSP MCUs to performance C2000™ real-time controllers, Cortex®-M4 MCUs and Hercules ARM-based MCUs for functional safety, TI offers the broadest range of embedded control products.