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MSP430 ultra-low-power sensing & measurement MCUs

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Our MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) portfolio offers a wide variety of 16-bit MCUs with ultra-low-power and integrated analog and digital peripherals for sensing and measurement applications. MSP430 MCUs are supported by development kits, reference designs, software, training, documentation and online support to get you from concept to prototype to production quickly.

General purpose sensing and measurement

MSP430 MCUs integrate analog and digital peripherals to meet your sensing and monitoring needs. Integrated peripherals include ADCs, DACs, OpAmps, Timers, SPI, UART, I2C, USB, and LCD drivers

Capacitive touch sensing MCUs

MSP430™ CapTIvate™ microcontrollers easily add low-power capacitive touch buttons, sliders and wheels to your MCU application. Reliably detect touch through plastic, glass and metal overlays in the presence of noise and moisture.

Ultrasonic sensing MCUs

System-on-chip MSP430™ MCUs for high-accuracy water, heat and gas flow measurement. Utilize integrated ultrasonic sensing front end and DSP capabilities with low-energy accelerator.

Introduction to MSP430 MCUs

Our family of MSP430 MCUs offers a flexible platform to meet many of today's sensing and measurement design challenges.

  • Wide range of memory and package options can scale with your design needs: 
    • 0.5KB to 512KB of memory
    • 2mm x 2mm DSBGA to 100-pin LQFP options
  • Optimize your system cost: 
    • Integrate your signal chain by adding analog peripherals including DACs, Op Amps, ADCs and more
    • Make software more efficient with integrated digital peripherals including serial comms, timers, accelerators, etc.
    • Eliminate external drivers with integrated USB and LCD
  • Get your design to market faster: 
    • Use our LaunchPad™ development kit ecosystem with free software and code examples 
    • Browse our abundance of training, technical content and online support through our E2E™ support forums

General purpose microcontroller peripherals

With the broadest sensing and measurement portfolio, MSP430 MCUs integrate analog and digital peripherals to reduce your BOM, ease design and improve performance.

Do you need to save on system BOM costs? Our broad portfolio of microcontrollers has options to help you achieve your cost-performance goals.

Does your system have analog signal chains?Include flexible, integrated analog components with one chip.

Do you need higher precision measurement? Select devices with 16/24-bit differential input Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs).

Does your system have a lot of complex calculations? Perform calculations at the lowest bandwidth and power with our math accelerator, LEA.

Need to reduce manufacturing time or constantly record data? FRAM is a proven non-volatile memory technology that gives lower active power operation and 10^15 write cycles.

Do you need to automate your mechanical meter? Increase energy efficiency with the integrated Extend Scan Interface (ESI) peripheral.

Are mechanical buttons not meeting your demands anymore? Replace conventional buttons, sliders and wheels, with elegant touch sensing solutions.

Is your flow meter not able to detect small leaks? Take a highly accurate and precise flow measurement with no moving parts for longer operational life.

Need an easy way to update your application or talk to a PC? Check out our integrated USB2.0 devices.

Configurable signal chain elements in a microcontroller

Using a microcontroller to configure signal chain elements can help you save on BOM costs and reduce PCB size. MSP430 MCUs
integrated signal chain elements including smart analog combo (SAC) and transimpedance amplifier (TIA) provide flexibility within a system design. 

Smart Analog Combo - a configurable analog peripheral

The Smart Analog Combo is a configurable analog peripheral that includes a high-performance, low-power programmable gain amplifier (PGA) with gain up to 33 and a 12-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC).


Benefits of smart analog combo

Reduced system size and cost

  • Up to four smart analog combo modules
  • Each module contains a 12-bit DAC, Op Amp and a programmable gain stage which can be configured to meet multiple signal chain implementations
  • Smaller PCB outline

Easy to use

  • Straightforward software configuration
  • Can be changed on the fly
  • LaunchPad™ development kit with out-of-box demo and GUI

A wide variety of applications including:

  • Smoke and heat detectors
  • Temperature transmitters
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Gas or air quality detectors

Transimpedance Amplifier (TIA)

The transimpedance amplifier (TIA) is a high-performance low-power rail-to-rail output operational amplifier (Op Amp) configured to convert current to voltage, with low-leakage negative input down to 5pA.   

Transimpedance Amplifier Diagram

16- and 24-bit sigma-delta converters

The SD24 module consists of up to seven independent sigma-delta analog-to-digital converters. The converters are based on second-order oversampling sigma-delta modulators and digital decimation filters.

The decimation filters are comb type filters with selectable oversampling ratios of up to 1024. Additional filtering can be done in software.


  • Dedicated 32-bit result registers
  • Modulation frequency up to 2 MHz
  • Supports bit stream out/input modes
  • Auto power-down mode
  • Flexible clock divider selections
  • PGA gains up to 128
  • External trigger options available
  • Can trigger the ADC10 conversions


  • Differential inputs - good for AC measurements and eliminates need for level shifting
  • Simultaneous conversions - no inherent delay between voltage and current samples means SW compensation not required
  • Built-in PGA - when shunt resistors or Rogowski coils are used, complete dynamic range can be used without any external gain amplifiers

Signal processing microcontrollers

The integrated low-energy accelerator (LEA) module is a 32-bit hardware engine designed for operations that involve vector-based signal processing such as FIR, IIR and FFT. These operations are done without CPU intervention and trigger an interrupt when the operation is completed. The LEA module supports multiple commands, which are issued by the CPU and performs vector math operations up to 40x faster than Arm Cortex-M0+ MCUs running the CMSIS DSP library and minimal energy consumption.

Low energy accelerator diagram

Benefits of signal processing MCUs

  • 32-bit hardware engine
  • No CPU intervention – triggers an interrupt when operation is complete
  • Performs math operations up to 40x faster than Arm Cortex-M0+ MCUs
  • Little DSP expertise required with free optimized DSP Library
  • Vector-based signal processing: FIR, IIR, FFT
  • Supports 16-bit and 32-bit fixed point operations in both the real and complex domains

What is FRAM?

FRAM, or ferroelectric random access memory, is a memory technology that combines the non-volatility of Flash and the flexibility and low power of SRAM. This proven memory technology is integrated in MSP430 ultra-low-power microcontrollers (MCUs) to bring its unique advantages to real-world applications.

Why integrate FRAM in your system?

  • Longer product life cycle with virtually infinite datalogging capabilities
  • Reduces manufacturing and development time
  • Easily save user data in the event of system power loss
  • Flexible partitioning of program and data memory within FRAM
extended scan interface diagram

Scan interface for rotary flow meters

For water, gas and heat meters that use conventional mechanical technologies, flow is determined by a spinning wheel that rotates at a speed proportional to the flow rate. Extended scan interface (ESI) is an analog-front-end (AFE) integrated in the MSP430FR6989 MCU family to automatically measure linear or rotational motion of sensors with the lowest possible power consumption. 

extended scan interface diagram

USB integration

The USB module is a comprehensive full-speed USB device peripheral which is compliant with the USB 2.0 specification.  Featuring an integrated LDO, PHY, and flexible PLL to reduce system complexity. Development is made easy with the USB Developer’s Package and tools such as the MSP430F5529 LaunchPad. TI also offers a USB Vendor ID sharing program to help jumpstart development.

extended scan interface diagram