Scale from value line to high performance with TI’s new unified memory 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs)


ti_logoTI expands portfolio of MSP430™ FRAM MCUs with wide range of memory, smaller packages and advanced processing capabilities

Texas Instruments (TI) on Nov. 4, 2016, expanded its ultra-low-power MSP430™ FRAM microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with two new low-power families targeting a wide range of sensing and measurement applications. The new families include:

  • MSP430FR5994 MCUs with 256KB FRAM and 40 times the performance of other low-power MCUs providing developers digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities with a new and easy-to-use integrated low energy accelerator (LEA).
  • MSP430FR2111 MCUs to upgrade your 8-bit designs with the expanded  TI MCU Value Line portfolio and the first to include unified FRAM memory in a small 3×3 mm QFN package.

The new MCUs extend the portfolio from 2KB to 256KB of integrated ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology, which is a non-volatile memory technology that offers unmatched flexibility and ultra-low power performance. Additionally, the MSP430 FRAM ecosystem includes thousands of existing software libraries, application notes and driver framework to simplify development across the portfolio.


Easily process complex algorithms with MSP430FR5994 MCUs

The new MSP430FR5994 MCUs help you save power by spending more time in standby thanks to the newly integrated low-energy accelerator (LEA) for  signal processing which completes fast Fourier transforms (FFTs), finite impulse response (FIR) and infinite impulse response (IIR) filters and other math functions nearly 40 times faster than an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ microcontroller. 256KB of unified memory (FRAM) allows for expanded application code, and addresses applications with large RAM requirements, all while offering write speeds 100 times faster than Flash with no buffering or pre-erase required.

The LEA module provides an optimized DSP library with support for more than 50 math functions and a plug-and-play design that allows developers to unbox our MSP430FR5994 MCU LaunchPad™ development kit and start processing complex math algorithms in less than five minutes. MSP430 MCU developers now have a path to greater signal processing performance paired with the benefits of FRAM technology for a wide range of applications such as metering, building and factory automation equipment and portable health and fitness devices. For more information, visit

Refresh your old 8-bit design with new MSP430FR2111 MCUs

The MSP430FR2111 MCUs allow developers to upgrade legacy 8-bit or 16-bit designs with a cutting-edge, highly integrated MCU with FRAM memory technology. Even the most cost conscious developer now has a solution that integrates a 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), EEPROM functionality, comparator, real-time clock, enhanced timers, internal oscillator with a 16-bit MCU in a tiny 3×3 mm package and a starting 1ku price of less than $0.50. With up to 50 times the RAM of comparable 8-bit MCUs thanks to unified memory, developers will no longer need to program in assembly, which will get them to market faster, simplify software maintenance and increase code portability. Additionally, the new MCUs offer seamless migration and scalability within the MSP430 MCU portfolio. Customers can move from MSP430G2x MCUs to the new MSP430FR2x MCU family with ease and then scale within the FRAM portfolio thanks to a common core architecture, tool ecosystem and easy-to-use migration guides. For more information, visit

Pricing and Availability

Developers can get started immediately with MSP430 MCU-based development kits available on the TI Store and through TI authorized distributors. The MSP430FR2x MCU LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430FR2311) and the MSP430FR5994 MCU LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430FR5994) are available for USD $15.99.

Pre-release samples of the MSP430FR5994 MCU can be ordered online today.  Additionally, the new MSP430FR2111 MCUs are available now in production quantities on the TI store or through authorized TI distributors.

Learn more about TI’s scalable MSP430 FRAM MCU portfolio:

  • Read more about what is FRAM?
  • Download our latest MCU TI Design reference designs:

o   Filtering and Signal Processing Reference Design using MSP430 FRAM Microcontroller

o   MSP430FR2311 microcontroller IR Reflection Sensing Reference Design

  • Learn more about the low-energy accelerator (LEA) in this white paper.

Innovation is at the core of TI MCUs

Beginning with the foundation of leading process technology and adding unique system architecture, intellectual property and real-world system expertise, TI continues its 20+ years of MCU innovation with low-power and performance MCUs. With unique products for ultra-low power sensing and measurement, secure communications, to real-time control, control and automation, and safety, designers can accelerate time to market with TI’s ecosystem of tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings and technical support.