To meet growing connectivity needs for buildings, factories and the grid, Texas Instruments (TI) introduced its newest SimpleLink™ wireless and wired microcontrollers (MCUs). These new devices offer industry-leading low power consumption and concurrent multi-standard and multi-band connectivity for Thread, Zigbee®, Bluetooth® 5 and Sub-1 GHz.
With more memory and unlimited connectivity options, the expanded SimpleLink MCU platform offers designers 100 percent code reuse across TI’s Arm® Cortex®-M4-based MCUs to enhance and connect sensor networks to the cloud.
To assist in developing with the SimpleLink MCU platform, TI offers the SimpleLink Academy, a comprehensive and interactive learning experience with overviews and training tutorials on the supported industry standards and technologies.
New SimpleLink MCUs support the following wireless connectivity options:
- Sub-1 GHz: CC1312R wireless MCU.
- Multi-band (Sub-1 GHz, Bluetooth low energy, Thread and Zigbee): CC1352R and CC1352P wireless MCUs.
- Bluetooth low energy: CC2642R wireless MCU.
- Multi-standard (Bluetooth low energy, Thread and Zigbee): CC2652R wireless MCU.
- Host MCU with up to 2MB of memory: MSP432P4 MCUs.
Key features and benefits of the new SimpleLink MCUs
- The lowest power: The new wireless and host MCUs consistently achieve the lowest power in the industry, more than 10 years on a coin-cell battery, and now offer a newly enhanced low-power sensor controller with current consumption as low as 1.5uA for a 100 Hz comparator reading.
- More than 10 connectivity protocols: The expanded SimpleLink MCU platform supports a variety of connectivity protocols and standards for 2.4 GHz and Sub-1 GHz bands, including the latest Thread and Zigbee standards, Bluetooth low energy, IEEE 802.15.4g, Wireless M-Bus and more.
- Option for extended range: With the multi-band CC1352P wireless MCU, developers can extend range even further for metering and building automation applications using its integrated power amplifier with high output power of +20-dBm and transmit current as low as 60 mA.
- 2 MB of flash memory: New SimpleLink MSP432P4 MCUs, with an integrated 16-bit precision ADC, give developers eight times more code space and the ability to host multiple wireless connectivity stacks and a 320-segment liquid crystal display (LCD) with extended temperature range for industrial applications.
- Enhanced security features: The CC13x2 and CC26x2 wireless MCUs offer new security hardware accelerators for the following encryption protocols: AES-128/256, SHA2-512, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), RSA-2048 and true random number generator (TRNG).
- Code compatibility: These new products are all supported by the SimpleLink software development kit (SDK) and provide a unified framework for platform extension through 100 percent application code reuse.
Availability and pricing
Developers can get started immediately with SimpleLink MCU-based TI LaunchPad™ development kits available through the TI store and authorized distributors. The LAUNCHXL-CC26X2R1, LAUNCHXL-CC1312R1 and LAUNCHXL-CC1352R1 are available for US$39.99. The MSP-EXP432P4111 is available for US$17.99.
TI’s new SimpleLink MCU devices are available through the TI store and authorized distributors with packages and pricing as listed in the table below.