MSP Microcontrollers from Texas Instruments

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MSP Microcontrollers (MCUs) from Texas Instruments (TI) are 16-bit, RISC-based, mixed-signal processors for low-power systems. Texas Instruments MCUs offer the world’s lowest MCU power consumption and the perfect mix of integrated peripherals for thousands of applications.

We also provide all of the hardware platforms and software components/tooling you need to get started today! Not only that, TI has many complementary components to meet your needs.


The Lowest-power

MSP low-power 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers offer the lowest power-consumption in the industry and now, you can see for yourself. The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC), is now offering the ULPBench™ benchmark. This new ULPBENCH benchmark accounts for system functions that include the real-time clock, power modes and integrated hardware. This benchmark provides a true comparison of system-level current and energy efficiency across microcontrollers.


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 ULPBENCH benchmark


MSP low-power microcontrollers perform 30% better than the closest competitor due to a design focused on application-level power-consumption that includes a low-leakage manufacturing process, design/architecture techniques, and software-managed power conservation capabilities (individual peripheral and five device level low power modes (LPMs)). LPMs combine clock gating and the use of low/high frequency clocks to deliver optimal current consumption, performance, autonomous peripheral operation, and minimal power-up latencies.

Productive low-power modes allow:

  •     Take ADC Samples
  •     Transfer data throughout memory range
  •     Output PWM signal
  •     Update LCD
  •     Send and receive serial communication


Integrated Peripherals

The 400+ MSP devices offer high-performance peripherals including USB, RF, LCD controllers and Sigma-Delta ADCs. This allows designers to find the appropriate MSP device for many low power applications. This integration enables solutions with smaller physical footprints and reduced bill of materials costs.


MSP Microcontrollers from Texas Instruments - TESLA Institute


Our peripherals have been designed to give you maximum functionality and provide system-level interrupts, resets and bus arbitration at the lowest power. Many peripherals may function autonomously, thereby minimizing CPU time spent in active mode. This means that MSP MCUs offer more performance with less power.


400+ Device Configurations

Flash: Up to 512 KB

RAM: Up to 64 KB RAM

Package/Pin Count: 25+ packages, up to 113 pins

Cost effective: Low Cost Value Line MCUs Available

Innovative Integration

FRAM – the future of Embedded Memory

Capacitive touch I/O – directly interface with pads

Hi-Resolution Timer – 4ns resolution

A-POOL – Configurable analog blocks

USB – Full Speed 2.0

RF – Sub-1GHz (13.56, 433, 868, 915MHz)

ESP430 – 2nd core for eMetering algorithms

24 Bit – Sigma Delta ADC


Full peripheral set

Devices integrated with:

  •     10, 12, 14-bit ADC, up to 1MSPS
  •     24-bit Sigma Delta
  •     12-bit DAC
  •     16, 32-bit Timers
  •     I2C, SPI, UART
  •     LCD Driver
  •     Watchdog Timer
  •     Brown-Out Reset
  •     Capacitive Touch I/O ports
  •     Real-Time Clock
  •     Power Management Module
  •     Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware accelerator


Embedded FRAM

FRAM, or Ferroelectric Random Access Memory, is a type of nonvolatile memory that combines the speed, low-power, endurance, and flexibility of SRAM with the reliability and stability of flash to combine program and data into one unified memory space for the lowest power and easiest to use microcontroller architecture.

  •     Lower power
  •     Faster data throughput
  •     Virtually unlimited write endurance
  •     Designate any selection of memory as program or data


MSP Microcontrollers from Texas Instruments - TESLA Institute


Embedded RF

The RF430 technology platform – offering the industry's lowest power, single-chip radio-frequency (RF) family for microcontroller (MCU)-based applications.


MSP Microcontrollers from Texas Instruments - TESLA Institute


By making RF design easy, small, performance-rich and power-efficient, the RF430 platform helps advance RF networking applications including industrial/building automation, asset tracking, energy harvesting, industrial monitoring and tamper detection, personal wireless networks, alarm and security systems, sports/body monitoring and automatic metering infrastructure (AMI).


Product Portfolio 

The MSP portfolio consists of over 450 devices ranging from the MSP Value Line to our highly integrated embedded FRAM MCUs.

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Part Number Decoder


 MSP Microcontrollers from Texas Instruments - TESLA Institute


Processor Family

MSP = Mixed Signal Processor

XMS = Experimental Silicon

432 MCU Platform

TI’s 32-bit Low-Power Microcontroller Platform


P = Performance and Low-Power Series

Feature Set

First Digit

4 = Flash based devices
      up to 48-MHz

Second Digit

0 = General Purpose

Third Digit

1 = ADC14

Fourth Digit

R = 256-kB Flash
       64-kB SRAM
M = 128-kB Flash
       32-kB SRAM

Optional: Temperature Range

S = 0°C to 50°C

I = -40°C to 85°C

T = -40°C to 105°C

Optional: Distribution Format

T = Small Reel (7 inch)

R = Large Reel (11 inch)

No Markings = Tube or Tray

Optional: Additional Features

-EP = Enhanced Product (-40°C to 105°C)

-HT = Extreme Temperature Parts (-55°C to 150°C)

-Q1 = Automotive Q100 Qualified