Automotive MCUs certified to AEC-Q100 improve fuel efficiency and battery life

November 30, 2011 // By Paul Buckley
Texas Instruments Incorporated has announced the qualification of MSP430 16-bit microcontrollers for automotive applications. The AEC-Q100 certification allows developers to integrate higher performance, power efficiency and scalability into their designs without sacrificing on price.

Automotive systems designers now have access to more than 50 MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers for use in applications including interior cabin motors, capacitive touch, infotainment systems and remote keyless entry.

MSP430 automotive qualified microcontrollers include the same support and software that developers have come to expect from all MSP430 devices. The inclusion of easy-to-use, scalable and code-compatible software, including the Grace software plug-in for Code Composer Studio IDE, helps developers speed designs and migrate to a roadmap of devices that offer more performance, memory options, greater connectivity and a higher temperature range.

TI offers robust design support for the MSP430 MCU platform along with technical documents, training, tools and software to help designers develop products and release them to market faster. Developers can get started with the MSP430 microcontroller Value Line LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430G2) for $4.30.

More information about MSP430 automotive qualified microcontrollers at