AIR: An ideal solution for MSP430 wireless functionality
Rely on Texas Instruments’ ever popular MSP430 microcontroller and looking to go wireless? It’s time you got to know our family of Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules!
You already know what a powerful ally the MSP430 is. Now, there’s a family of easy-to-use, compact, and pre-certified surface mount radio modules that make adding wireless communication in conjunction with the MSP430 easier than ever before. Introducing the Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) module, exclusively from Anaren and proudly featuring TI’s proven family of low-power RF chips.
Why are AIR modules an ideal solution to add wireless functionality in an MSP430 context?
- AIR modules are based on proven Texas Instruments low-power RF chips -- including the CC1101, CC110L, CC2500, and CC8520 chips. So compatibility with TI's MSP430 is a given.
- AIR modules' communications protocol, like the MSP430, is based on the SimplicTI software stack.
- The AIR team has assembled a growing list of development tools that allow you to set up a wireless application with your MSP430 micro in literally minutes. Current tools include our new AIR BoosterPacks, designed for TI's LaunchPad development environment; AIR-module equipped EZ target boards you can instantly swap out with the EZ430 kit; and evaluation modules (we call them EM boards) for use with TI's CC1101 and CC2500 development kits.
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What is the MSP430?
The MSP430 family of ultra-low-power 16-bit RISC mixed-signal processors from Texas Instruments (TI) provides the ultimate solution for battery-powered measurement applications. Using leadership in both mixed-signal and digital technologies, TI has created the MSP430 which enables system designers to simultaneously interface to analog signals, sensors and digital components while maintaining unmatched low power.
Typical applications include utility metering, portable instrumentation, intelligent sensing, and consumer electronics.
MSP430 Key Features and Portfolio
Meet the world’s lowest power microcontrollers family. MSP430 offers 200+ ultra-low power microcontrollers devices. Each device features a flexible clocking system that enables up to 7 Low Power Modes (LPMs), which allow increased optimization. when paired with our instant, sub-1us wakeup time and various interrupt sources, MSP430 ensures that your application only uses the appropriate clocks and peripherals that are needed to perform the task at hand.
Key Ultra-Low Power metrics:
High Performance 16-bit Architecture. A 16-bit RISC CPU, peripherals and flexible clock system are combined by using a von-Neuman common memory address bus (MAB) and memory data bus (MDB). Partnering a modern CPU with modular memory-mapped analog and digital peripherals, the MSP430 offers solutions for today and tomorrow's mixed-signal applications.
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|MSP430 Brochure (published by TI)|