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18 MHz MCU with 256KB Flash, 16KB SRAM, 12-bit ADC, DMA, UART/SPI/I2C, Timer, HW Multiplier

MSP430F5438A

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Features Real-Time Clock Non-volatile memory (kB) 256 RAM (KB) 16 ADC 12-bit SAR ADC: channels (#) 14 GPIO pins (#) 87 I2C 4 SPI 8 UART 4 Comparator channels (#) 0 Timers - 16-bit 3 Bootloader (BSL) UART Special I/O Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Rating Catalog open-in-new Find other MSP430 ultra-low-power MCUs

Package | Pins | Size

BGA MICROSTAR JUNIOR (ZQW) 113 49 mm² 7 x 7 LQFP (PZ) 100 256 mm² 16 x 16 NFBGA (ZCA) 113 49 mm² 7 x 7 open-in-new Find other MSP430 ultra-low-power MCUs

Features

  • Low supply voltage range: 3.6 V down to 1.8 V
  • Ultra-low power consumption
    • Active mode (AM): all system clocks active 230 µA/MHz at 8 MHz, 3.0 V, flash program execution (typical) 110 µA/MHz at 8 MHz, 3.0 V, RAM program execution (typical)
    • Standby mode (LPM3): real-time clock (RTC) with crystal, watchdog, and supply supervisor operational, full RAM retention, fast wakeup: 1.7 µA at 2.2 V, 2.1 µA at 3.0 V (typical) low-power oscillator (VLO), general-purpose counter, watchdog, and supply supervisor operational, full RAM retention, fast wakeup: 1.2 µA at 3.0 V (typical)
    • Off mode (LPM4): full RAM retention, supply supervisor operational, fast wakeup: 1.2 µA at 3.0 V (typical)
    • Shutdown mode (LPM4.5): 0.1 µA at 3.0 V (typical)
  • Wake up from standby mode in 3.5 µs (typical)
  • 16-bit RISC architecture
    • Extended memory
    • Up to 25-MHz system clock
  • Flexible power-management system
    • Fully integrated LDO with programmable regulated core supply voltage
    • Supply voltage supervision, monitoring, and brownout
  • Unified clock system
    • FLL control loop for frequency stabilization
    • Low-power low-frequency internal clock source (VLO)
    • Low-frequency trimmed internal reference source (REFO)
    • 32-kHz crystals
    • High-frequency crystals up to 32 MHz
  • 16-bit timer TA0, Timer_A with five capture/compare registers
  • 16-bit timer TA1, Timer_A with three capture/compare registers
  • 16-bit timer TB0, Timer_B with seven capture/compare shadow registers
  • Up to four universal serial communication interfaces (USCIs)
    • USCI_A0, USCI_A1, USCI_A2, and USCI_A3 each support:
      • Enhanced UART supports automatic baud-rate detection
      • IrDA encoder and decoder
      • Synchronous SPI
    • USCI_B0, USCI_B1, USCI_B2, and USCI_B3 each support:
      • I2C
      • Synchronous SPI
  • 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC)
    • Internal reference
    • Sample-and-hold
    • Autoscan feature
    • 14 external channels, 2 internal channels
  • Hardware multiplier supports 32-bit operations
  • Serial onboard programming, no external programming voltage needed
  • 3-channel internal DMA
  • Basic timer with RTC feature
  • Device Comparison summarizes the available family members

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Description

The TI MSP family of ultra-low-power microcontrollers consists of several devices featuring different sets of peripherals targeted for various applications. The architecture, combined with extensive low-power modes, is optimized to achieve extended battery life in portable measurement applications. The device features a powerful 16-bit RISC CPU, 16-bit registers, and constant generators that contribute to maximum code efficiency. The digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) allows the device to wake up from low-power modes to active mode in 3.5 µs (typical).

The MSP430F543xA and MSP430F541xA series are microcontroller configurations with three 16-bit timers, a high-performance 12-bit ADC, up to four USCIs, a hardware multiplier, DMA, an RTC module with alarm capabilities, and up to 87 I/O pins.

For complete module descriptions, see the MSP430F5xx and MSP430F6xx Family User’s Guide.

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Technical documentation

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* Datasheet MSP430F543xA, MSP430F541xA Mixed-Signal Microcontrollers datasheet (Rev. G) Sep. 11, 2020
* Errata MSP430F5438A Device Erratasheet (Rev. AB) Apr. 24, 2019
* User guide MSP430x5xx and MSP430x6xx Family User's Guide (Rev. Q) Aug. 17, 2018
User guide MSP430 MCUs Development Guide Book Oct. 09, 2020
User guide SYS/BIOS (TI-RTOS Kernel) User's Guide (Rev. V) Jun. 01, 2020
Application note MSP430 System-Level ESD Considerations (Rev. A) Jan. 13, 2020
Application note MSP430 System ESD Troubleshooting Guide Dec. 13, 2019
Application note ESD Diode Current Specification (Rev. A) Jul. 10, 2019
Application note Migrating From MSP430F541x and MSP430F543x to MSP430F541xA and MSP430F543xA (Rev. C) Mar. 29, 2019
Application note Programming a Flash-Based MSP430 MCU Using the JTAG Interface (Rev. H) Mar. 15, 2019
Application note MSP430F5xx Overview and Comparison to MSP430F2xx and MSP430F4xx (Rev. A) Sep. 26, 2018
Application note MSP430 Flash Memory Characteristics (Rev. B) Aug. 24, 2018
Application note Understanding MSP430 Flash Data Retention (Rev. A) Aug. 24, 2018
Application note Using the TPS3619 With MSP430 Microcontrollers (Rev. B) Aug. 06, 2018
Application note Efficient Multiplication and Division Using MSP430 MCUs (Rev. A) Jul. 18, 2018
Technical articles Milan engineers weave smart tech with high fashion to help curb teen obesity Jun. 26, 2018
Application note Random Number Generation Using MSP430™ MCUs (Rev. A) May 16, 2018
Application note Wave Digital Filtering Using an MSP430 MCU (Rev. A) May 16, 2018
Application note Software Coding Techniques for MSP430™ MCUs (Rev. B) Mar. 14, 2018
Application note Migrating to the SimpleLink™ MSP432™ Family (Rev. D) Oct. 19, 2017
Application note MSP430 32-kHz Crystal Oscillators (Rev. D) Jul. 18, 2017
White paper Capacitive Touch and MSP Microcontrollers (Rev. A) Apr. 27, 2017
Technical articles What's brewing in beer production? Industry 4.0 Nov. 11, 2016
Application note Migrating from the MSP430F5xx,F6xx Family to the MSP430FR58xx/FR59xx/68xx Family (Rev. D) Nov. 03, 2016
Technical articles Unit testing ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCUs in a desktop environment Sep. 27, 2016
Application note Advanced Debugging Using the Enhanced Emulation Module (EEM) With CCS v6 (Rev. F) Sep. 06, 2016
Technical articles Learn how to apply wireless firmware upgrades for MSP430 microcontrollers May 05, 2016
Application note General Oversampling of MSP ADCs for Higher Resolution (Rev. A) Apr. 01, 2016
User guide Safety Manual for MSP430G2xx, F5xx, and FR57xx in IEC 60730 Safety Applications (Rev. A) Jan. 12, 2016
Application note MSP Code Protection Features Dec. 07, 2015
Application note CC112x-CC1190 Boost Software Examples Oct. 19, 2015
Application note Using the USCI I2C Master (Rev. A) Mar. 11, 2015
Application note Using the MSP430 Timer_D Module in Hi-Resolution Mode Oct. 02, 2013
Application note Cost Down Metro Network Aug. 30, 2013
Application note Design Considerations When Using the MSP430 Graphics Library Oct. 05, 2012
Application note Launchpad-Based MSP430 UART BSL Interface (Rev. A) Aug. 02, 2012
Application note Heart-Rate Monitor with Micrium uC/OS-II Kernel on the MSP430F5438A Experimenter Jul. 05, 2012
White paper Power Management Solutions for Ultra-Low-Power 16-Bit MSP430 MCUs (Rev. D) Mar. 28, 2012
Application note Powering the MSP430 from a High Voltage Input using the TPS62122 (Rev. C) Jan. 12, 2012
Application note Optimizing Memory on MSP430 for uC/OS-II Nov. 14, 2011
Application note 1.8V – 5.5V Input, High-Efficiency DCDC Converter Reference Design for MSP430 (Rev. B) Jun. 14, 2010
Application note Tiny DCDC Converter Reference Design (Rev. A) Jun. 14, 2010

Design & development

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Hardware development

EVALUATION BOARD Download
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Description
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The MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board (MSP-EXP430F5438) is a microcontroller development for highly integrated, high performance MSP430F5438 MCUs. It features a 100-pin socket which supports the MSP430F5438A  and other devices with similar pinout. The socket allows for quick upgrades (...)

Features
  • 100-pin socket for MSP430F5438A MCU:
    • Digital I/O Pins: 34
    • Accessible analog inputs (12-bit ADC): 5
    • PWM outputs: 12
    • Flash Memory (MSP430F5438): 256KB
    • RAM (MSP430F5438): 16KB
    • Clock Speed (MSP430F5438): 18MHz
    • Communication (MSP430F5438) 
      • 4x UART/LIN/IrDA/SPI
      • 4x I2C/SPI
  • Power Supply sources: USB, FET, 2x AA (...)
DEVELOPMENT KIT Download
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Description

The MSP-TS430PZ5X100 is a standalone ZIF socket target board used to program and debug the MSP430 MCU in-system through the JTAG interface or the Spy Bi-Wire (2-wire JTAG) protocol.

Device Support: The MSP-TS430PZ5X100 development board supports MSP430F543x, MSP430BT5190 and MSP430SL5438A MCUs in a (...)

Features
  • Supports all debugging interfaces using a standard 14-pin JTAG header such as the MSP-FET430UIF 
HARDWARE PROGRAMMING TOOL Download
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Description

The MSP-FET is a powerful emulation development tool – often called a debug probe – which allows users to quickly begin development on MSP low-power microcontrollers (MCU).

It supports programming and real-time debugging over both JTAG and SBW interfaces. Furthermore, the MSP-FET also provides a (...)

Features
  • USB debugging interface to connect any MSP430 MCU to a computer for real-time, in-system programming and debugging
  • Enables EnergyTrace™ technology for energy measurement and debugging on all MSP430 and MSP432 devices in the Code Composer Studio and IAR Embedded Workbench development environments
  • (...)
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Description

The MSP Gang Programmer (MSP-GANG) is a MSP430™/MSP432™ device programmer that can program up to eight identical MSP430/MSP432 Flash or FRAM devices at the same time. It connects to a host PC using a standard RS-232 or USB connection and provides flexible programming options that allow (...)

Features
  • Quickly and reliably program Flash or FRAM-based MSP devices via RS-232 or USB interface
  • Several programming modes:
    • Interactive Mode – Programming while connected to PC using the MSP GANG Programmer GUI
    • Program from Image – An image can be stored, which contains configuration options and code (...)

Software development

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MSP430Ware for MSP Microcontrollers
MSPWARE MSP430Ware is a collection of resources that help users to effectively create and build MSP430 code. These resources support ALL MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs). As one user mentioned, “It’s essentially everything developers need to become MSP430 microcontroller experts!”

This complete collection of (...)

Features
  • Collection of MSP design resources
  • Available within CCS, as a standalone executable, or as part of TI’s new Cloud-based tools
  • Auto-updates through the web
  • Sleek & intuitive GUI for browsing content
  • Features the MSP Driver Library
  • Automatic filtering of content using a unique 2-pane view
DRIVER OR LIBRARY Download
Fixed Point Math Library for MSP
MSP-IQMATHLIB The Texas Instruments® MSP IQmath and Qmath Libraries are a collection of highly optimized and high-precision mathematical functions for C programmers to seamlessly port a floating-point algorithm into fixed-point code on MSP430 and MSP432 devices. These routines are typically used in (...)
Features
  • Optimized fixed point functions - reduce development time and enable developers to focus on optimizing application code
  • Up to 100x higher performance when executing common fixed point scalar math functions in CCS – this means the MSP microcontroller can remain in low power modes longer than (...)
DRIVER OR LIBRARY Download
Bootloader (BSL) for MSP low-power microcontrollers
MSPBSL The bootloader (BSL) on MSP430™ microcontrollers (MCUs) lets users communicate with embedded memory in the MSP MCUs during the prototyping phase, final production, and in service. This is done through standard interfaces such as UART, I2C, SPI, and USB. Both the programmable memory (...)
IDE, CONFIGURATION, COMPILER OR DEBUGGER Download
Code Composer Studio™ Integrated Development Environment for MSP Microcontrollers
CCSTUDIO-MSP

Code Composer Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that supports TI's Microcontroller and Embedded Processors portfolio. Code Composer Studio comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes an optimizing C/C++ compiler, source code editor (...)

IDE, CONFIGURATION, COMPILER OR DEBUGGER Download
EnergyTrace Technology
ENERGYTRACE EnergyTrace™ software for MSP430™ MCUs, MSP432™ MCUs, CC13xx wireless MCUs and CC26xx wireless MCUs is an energy-based code analysis tool that measures and displays the energy profile of an application and helps optimize it for ultra-low-power consumption.

As most developers know, it is difficult to (...)

Features
  • Current measurement is enabled for all MSP430 MCUs, MSP432 MCUs and connectivity devices
  • Tracing of CPU states is available on selected MSP430 MCUs, MSP432 MCUs, CC13x2 wireless MCUs and CC26x2 wireless MCUs 
  • Tracing of peripheral states is also available on selected MSP430 MCUs, CC13x2 (...)
IDE, CONFIGURATION, COMPILER OR DEBUGGER Download
IAR Embedded Workbench
Provided by IAR Systems IAR Embedded Workbench includes the IAR C/C++ compiler and C-SPY debugger for building and debugging embedded applications for your selected target microcontroller. The IAR compiler generates highly optimized code for your application, and the debugger is a fully integrated debugger for source and (...)
SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING TOOL Download
UniFlash stand-alone flash tool for microcontrollers, Sitara™; processors and SimpleLink™
UNIFLASH Supported devices: CC13xx, CC25xx, CC26xx, CC3x20, CC3x30, CC3x35, Tiva, C2000, MSP43x, Hercules, PGA9xx, IWR12xx, IWR14xx, IWR16xx, IWR18xx , IWR68xx, AWR12xx, AWR14xx, AWR16xx, AWR18xx.  Command line only: AM335x, AM437x, AM571x, AM572x, AM574x, AM65XX, K2G

CCS Uniflash is a standalone tool used to (...)

SUPPORT SOFTWARE Download
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Design tools & simulation

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Reference designs

REFERENCE DESIGNS Download
Battery-powered Data Collector for wM-Bus T-/C-mode & DSSS-coded Data Packets @ 868.95MHz Ref Design
TIDC-DSSS868WMBUS-DC The TIDC-DSSS868WMBUS-DC TI Design is a solution that enables Data Collectors with optimized firmware for receiving wireless M-Bus (wM-Bus) packets in frequent transmission (T-) and compact (C-) modes at 868.95MHz. For improved range a customized Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)-coded packet (...)
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RF Sensor Node Development Platform for 6LoWPAN and 2.4 GHz Applications
TIDM-RF-SENSORNODE The RF Sensor Node Platform is intended as a miniature development platform for 6LoWPAN and 2.4 GHz applications. The platform has three on-board sensors which includes a 3-axis accelerometer, a temperature sensor and two light sensors. The RF Sensor Node Platform can be a stand-alone sensor node or (...)
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CAD/CAE symbols

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BGA MICROSTAR JUNIOR (ZQW) 113 View options
LQFP (PZ) 100 View options
NFBGA (ZCA) 113 View options

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