Microcontrollers can run without a battery in energy-harvesting systems

The low-power microcontroller market is really heating up (figuratively speaking). The latest entry comes from Texas Instruments, which is releasing some new members of its MSP430 family, namely the MSP430F5xx.

The company is claiming to offer the industry’s lowest power consumption for devices that can provide up to 25-MHz peak performance, increased amounts of embedded flash memory and RAM, and integrated peripherals, such as USB and LCD interfaces.

The intelligent digital and analog peripherals consume no power when not in operation. A high-resolution timer enables applications like voice-activated home security systems. Up to 1 Mbyte of linear memory mapping enables robust user interfaces, as well as applications for ZigBee and other low-power RF sensor networks.

Source: Embedded.com

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