Texas Instruments introduced their MSP430F673x/F672x ultra-low-power 16-bit microcontroller family. There are 24 MCUs in the TI F673x/F672x family. The MSP430F673x/F672x microcontrollers guarantee no interruption of operation through a backup capable microcontroller supporting real-time clock (RTC) operation and power management from the main power supply and up to two separate auxiliary supplies. The new Texas Instruments devices are immediately now. Prices start at $2.00 for 1K-units.