28 Feb 2018

Robust, noise-immune capacitive-sensing MCUs launched

Bringing capacitive-sensing capabilities to cost-sensitive applications, Texas Instruments has announced an expansion of its MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) family with CapTIvate technology.

Developers can use the new MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs with integrated capacitive touch to add as many as 16 buttons as well as proximity sensing capability to industrial systems, home automation systems, appliances, power tools, home entertainment, personal audio applications and more.

Key features and benefits of the new capacitive touch MCUs

  • Robust, optimized performance: The MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs deliver International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61000-4-6-certified capacitive sensing MCU-based solutions for applications exposed to electromagnetic disturbances, oil, water and grease. The new MCUs offer five times lower power consumption than the competition, supporting proximity sensing and touch through glass, plastic and metal overlays.

  • Capacitive touch MCUs for cost-sensitive applications: TI’s CapTIvate technology adds the benefits of capacitive touch and proximity sensing to applications such as access control panels, cooktops, wireless speakers and power tools.

  • Speed time to market: Developers can quickly evaluate capacitive sensing for their applications with the new BOOSTXL-CAPKEYPAD BoosterPack plug-in module that is compatible with the CapTIvate programmer board (CAPTIVATE-PGMR) or TI LaunchPad development kits. The BoosterPack module joins a portfolio of MCUs, easy-to-use tools, software, reference designs and documentation in the CapTIvate Design Center and online CapTIvate technology guide. In addition, developers can find answers and support in the TI E2E Community to speed development with CapTIvate technology.

Production quantities of the MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs are available in a 20-pin very thin quad flat no lead (VQFN) package and a 16-pin thin shrink small outline package (TSSOP).

Most popular news in Processing & embedded

Microsemi enhances Switchtec PCIe switch
Buffer family delivers PCIe Gen 4-compliant solution
Streamline app and game development with GPU debugging
Powerful new capabilities in PVRTune performance analysis tool
400Gbps chipset for short reach optical connectivity

All news in this channel | All news

Share this page

Want more like this? Register for our newsletter

Display Readability –resolution and viewing angle Mike Logan | AndersDX
Display Readability: resolution and viewing angle
Mike Logan, Display and Input Technology Manager at andersDX, specialists in the design, development and supply of embedded and LCD/OLED display solutions. He continues his blog series on display selection.

Forthcoming Events

    . . . . More Events

Radio-Electronics.com is operated and owned by Adrio Communications Ltd and edited by Ian Poole. All information is © Adrio Communications Ltd and may not be copied except for individual personal use. This includes copying material in whatever form into website pages. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on Radio-Electronics.com, no liability is accepted for any consequences of using it. This site uses cookies. By using this site, these terms including the use of cookies are accepted. More explanation can be found in our Privacy Policy