Multi-standard, Multi-band MCUs Connect The Building, Factory & Grid


Texas Instruments is helping developers to cope up with the increasing connectivity demands of buildings, factories and the grid, by unveiling its newest Simplink wired and wireless MCUs. Interestingly, these MCUs offer low power consumption and concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity for Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1 GHz.

With more memory and unlimited connectivity options, the devices offer designers 100 percent code reuse across TI’s Arm Cortex-M4-based MCUs to enhance and connect sensor networks to the cloud.

When the SimpleLink platform was launched, it supported Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low energy, Sub-1 GHz, dual-band operation and host MCUs.


The newest SimpleLink devices add support for Thread, Zigbee and multistandard (SimpleLink CC2652R), in addition to enhanced devices for Bluetooth 5 (SimpleLink CC2642R), Sub-1 GHz (SimpleLink CC1312R), multiband (SimpleLink CC1352R) and host MCUs (SimpleLink MSP432P4).

“An array of connectivity standards enables developers to create more scalable and future-proof products to keep up with the demands of the connected landscape”, notes TI.

Talking about power consumption, the new wireless and host MCUs offer more than 10 years on a coin-cell battery. “They now offer a newly enhanced low-power sensor controller with current consumption as low as 1.5uA for a 100 Hz comparator reading.”

For extended range, developers can leverage the multi-band CC1352P wireless MCU, which helps to extend range even further for metering and building automation applications using its integrated power amplifier with high output power of +20-dBm and transmit current as low as 60 mA.

If developers need more code space, they can opt for the new MSP432P4 MCUs with 2 MB of flash memory and with an integrated 16-bit precision ADC. It gives developers eight times more code space and the ability to host multiple wireless connectivity stacks and a 320-segment liquid crystal display (LCD) with extended temperature range for industrial applications.

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From the security standpoint, the new MCUs offer enhanced security. The CC13x2 and CC26x2 wireless MCUs offer new security hardware accelerators for the following encryption protocols: AES-128/256, SHA2-512, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), RSA-2048 and true random number generator (TRNG).

Code compatibility is another benefit which all these products promise. They are all supported by the SimpleLink software development kit (SDK) and provide a unified framework for platform extension through 100 percent application code reuse.

To speed development with these MCUs, TI offers the SimpleLink Academy, a comprehensive and interactive learning experience with overviews and training tutorials on the supported industry standards and technologies.

Developers can also leverage the SimpleLink MCU-based TI LaunchPad development kits available through the TI store and authorized distributors.

The LAUNCHXL-CC26X2R1, LAUNCHXL-CC1312R1 and LAUNCHXL-CC1352R1 are available for US$39.99. The MSP-EXP432P4111 is available for US$17.99.

TI’s new SimpleLink MCU devices are available through the TI store and authorized distributors.

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