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MSP430 microcontrollers are designed specifically for ultra-low-power applications. Features such as multiple low-power modes, instant wakeup, intelligent autonomous peripherals, and much more to enable such ultra-low-power capabilities. Texas Instruments provides valuable tools to help the programmer fully use these benefits and optimize power consumption of the target application. This application report details two of these tools, namely www.ti.com/tool/ulpadvisor software and EnergyTrace technology.