Texas Instruments introduced the latest SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module. The TI module features SmartConfig technology, which is a Wi-Fi configuration process that enables multiple in-home devices without displays to connect to a Wi-Fi network via a smartphone or tablet in one easy step. SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 pre-production modules are sampling now. Production modules will be available this quarter. The self-contained module is priced at $9.99 in 1,000-unit quantities.
Texas Instruments introduced their new MSP430F521x/F522x microcontroller family. The new TI MCUs support a main supply rail (1.8V – 3.6V) and I/O supply rail (1.8V +/-10%). This eliminates the need for level translators and offers system-level advantages such as reduced system cost and increased flexibility. Samples of the MSP430F521x/F522x microcontrollers are available now. They’re priced from $2.05 for 1K units.
Kontron launched their ARM Cortex A8 ULP-COM-sA3874i Computer-on-Module. The ULP-COM-sA3874i is based on Texas Instrument’s AM3874 Sitara ARM processors. The board helps embedded OEMs drive down system costs for ultra-low power SFF (small form factor) solutions. The Kontron ULP-COM-sA3874i module family is ideal for military, industrial automation/HMI, digital signage and medical applications. It is available for sampling now with serial production expected in Q1 2013.
GreenBase Technology launched the GK-5432 module. It is the industry’s first ARM Cortex-A15 based computer on module. The GK-5432 is based on the industry new ULP-COM standard for ARM and SoCs. The GK-5432 features the Texas Instruments’ OMAP5432 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor. The module is backed by TI’s longevity program for embedded applications.
Texas Instruments is sampling the new FRAM-based MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers. The TI MCU devices feature Wolverine technology, up to 64kB embedded FRAM, direct memory access (DMA) engine, 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), analog comparator, capacitive touch IOs and UART, SPI and I2C serial interfaces. The TI MSP430FR59xx microcontrollers are ideal for wireless sensing, energy harvesting, Smart Grid, industrial, consumer, building automation and security applications.
e-con Systems introduced the e-CAM55_37x, which is a MIPI camera interface reference design for the Texas Instruments AM37x / DM37x processors. The e-CAM55_37x works with the Logic PD Zoom DM3730 SOM-LV development Kit. The MIPI CSI-2 Camera Interface reference design features the e-CAM52_MI5640_MOD, which is a 5 MP autofocus camera module that is based on OmniVisions OV5640 sensor. The e-CAM55_37x supports Windows CE 6.0. Linux and Android support is coming soon. The e-CAM55_37x is available now.
The Texas Instruments C2000 Piccolo TMS320F2802x microcontrollers integrate analog hardware on a single chip and replace multiple electronic components. The TI MCUs are ideal for household appliances, industrial textile machines and compressors. The Piccolo F2802x microcontrollers are priced at $1.50 each in 1000 volumes. They are available in a wide variety of configurations.
Texas Instruments announced their MS320C6748 DSP development kit. The TI C6748 DSP kit is ideal for real-time analytics applications such as fingerprint recognition and face detection. The C6748 DSP development kit is also ideal for other digital signal processing applications, such as audio and communications. The TI C6748 DSP development kit is available for $195. The C6748 SYS/BIOS Software Development Kit (SDK) is pre-loaded with the C6748 StarterWare software package.
GreenBase Technology introduced their GK-335x Ultra Low Power Computer Module. The GK-335x ULP-COM is based on the 720Mhz Texas Instruments Sitara AM335x (ARM Cortex A8). Their first product will be the GK-3359. It is ideal for industrial control and building/home automation. The GreenBase GK-335x ULP-COM will be available in the second quarter of 2012. The GK-335x is designed in compliance with the release candidate for the ultra low power Computer-on-Module standard based on ARM and SoCs, named ULP-COM (working title) and initiated by Kontron.
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.