Texas Instruments Announces Wolverine Microcontroller Platform

Texas Instruments introduced their new Wolverine MSP430 microcontroller platform. The TI ultra-low-power microcontroller consumes 50% less power than any other MCU in the industry (360 nA real-time clock mode and less than 100 µA/MHz active power consumption). The first devices based on this platform will be the MSP430FR58xx microcontroller series. They will be available for sampling in June 2012.

Texas Instruments (TI) Wolverine MSP430 microcontroller platform

TI’s Wolverine platform provides the lowest power consumption in any use case when compared to any microcontroller in the industry — lowest active power, standby power, memory power and peripheral power. For example, typical battery powered applications spend as much as 99.9% of their time in standby mode, and Wolverine-based microcontrollers consume 360nA in standby mode — more than doubling battery life.

Texas Instruments Wolverine Microcontroller Platform Highlights

  • Unique ultra low leakage (ULL) process technology
    TI developed this ULL technology, which offers a 10x improvement in leakage and optimized mixed signal capabilities. The improved 130nm process technology, ultra-low-power MSP430 architecture and more than 30 power-optimized analog and digital components combined are a few of the integrated elements that deliver the dramatic power reduction.

  • Unparalleled performance and reliability with unified FRAM
    Taking advantage of FRAM, the world’s lowest power memory, Wolverine-based microcontrollers can operate at less than 100 µA/MHz in active mode and consume 250x less energy per bit compared to Flash- and EEPROM-based microcontrollers. In addition to these power advantages, FRAM is 100% non-volatile, which gives developers the low power, speed and flexibility of SRAM while retaining the key no-power storage capability of Flash. Customers are not limited to the specific ratios of program-to-data memory inherent to traditional embedded systems – they can change this ratio at any time in the design cycle.

  • Proven MSP430 ultra-low-power system heritage, peripherals and software for easy development
    TI’s MSP430 platform has been the low-power leader for more than a decade. This new ultra-low-power architecture dramatically reduces power consumption with a fast wakeup time of 6.5µs and high precision peripherals such as internal power management and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) at 75µA. All of TI’s MSP430 microcontrollers are also augmented by the MSP430Ware software and resource package, as well as low-power code optimization software tools. MSP430Ware enables developers to immediately access and easily filter through all MSP430 microcontroller design resources by device, tool or software library to significantly ease design and shorten time to market.

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