Sunday, March 1, 2015

TI Announces Ultra-low Power Wireless Platform

Texas Instruments introduced its new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontroller  platform for Bluetooth Smart, 6LoWPAN, ZigBee, Sub-1 GHz and ZigBee RF4CE aimed at new class of battery-less devices powered by energy-harvesting techniques or coin cell batteries.

The SimpleLink ultra-low power platform features an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, Flash/RAM, analog-to-digital converter, peripherals, sensor controller and built-in robust security on chip. TI offers ready-to-use protocol stacks.

The new ultra-low power platform includes a unique integrated sensor controller that interfaces external sensors autonomously while the rest of the device sleeps. The platform includes radio peak currents below 6.2mA and MCU active current of less than 61uA/MHz. The complete chip can stay in standby at only 1 uA with memory retention and RTC (real time clock) running.