Capacitive Touch Thermostat UI with MSP MCUs Featuring CapTIvate Technology Reference Design
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TIDM-CAPTIVATE-THERMOSTAT-UI is a low-power, capacitive touch based, thermostat user interface reference design. It features an on-board MSP430TM MCU CapTIvate™ technology which provides robust capacitive touch measurements with a low-power profile, low response time, and increased noise immunity. The design supports multiple modes of operation, including a battery powered mode and a line powered mode. The battery powered mode operates with an average current consumption of less than 50 µA, allowing for two years of battery life on typical AAA batteries. Line powered mode is optimized for noise immunity at the commercial product level. The design features eight buttons that support both momentary and maintained switch implementations. Each button is accompanied by an LED which can be used to indicate touch or switch state.


• MSP430 CapTIvate™ MCU for capacitive touch sensing
• CapTIvate™ Design Center support enabling real-time customization of response time, sensitivity, and other parameters from a host PC
• Multiple modes of operation, including a battery powered mode for increased battery life and a line powered mode for increased noise immunity
• Less than 50µA average current in battery powered mode, allowing for 2 years of battery life on typical AAA batteries
• Conducted noise immunity at the commercial product level (IEC 61000-4-6 Class A @ 3 Vrms) in line powered mode
• Mutual capacitance technology enables 8 buttons with only MCU 6 pins
• Maintained state and momentary capacitive switch implementations
• Ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) enables button state and configuration retention through power loss

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Part Number Name Product Family Sample & Buy Design Kits & Evaluation Modules
MSP430FR2633  Capacitive Touch MCU with 16 touch IO (64 sensors), 16KB FRAM, 4KB SRAM, 19 IO, 10-bit ADC  Microcontrollers (MCUs)  Sample & Buy View Design Kits & Evaluation Modules

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User guide (1)
Title Type Size (KB) Date
PDF 2173 06 Oct 2015
Design files (5)
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ZIP 112 10 Nov 2015
ZIP 370 10 Nov 2015
PDF 1133 10 Nov 2015
PDF 160 10 Nov 2015
PDF 141 10 Nov 2015
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Reference Designs (1)

Name Part Number Tool Type
Thermostat Implementation with MSP430 Microcontroller Reference Design  TIDM-FRAM-THERMOSTAT  Reference design 

Software development (2)

Name Part Number Software Type
CapTIvate™ Design Center GUI for MSP430™ Capacitive Sensing MCUs  MSPCAPTDSNCTR  Application software & framework 

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