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New robust, noise-immune capacitive-sensing MCUs from TI bring touch control to cost-sensitive industrial applications

MSP430™ microcontrollers with CapTIvate™ technology offer value and performance to applications exposed to electromagnetic disturbances, oil, water and grease

DALLASFeb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bringing capacitive-sensing capabilities to cost-sensitive applications, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced an expansion of its MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) family with CapTIvate™ technology. Developers can use the new MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs with integrated capacitive touch to add as many as 16 buttons as well as proximity sensing capability to industrial systems, home automation systems, appliances, power tools, home entertainment, personal audio applications and more. For more information, see

Key features and benefits of the new capacitive touch MCUs

  • Robust, optimized performance: The MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs deliver International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61000-4-6-certified capacitive sensing MCU-based solutions for applications exposed to electromagnetic disturbances, oil, water and grease. The new MCUs offer five times lower power consumption than the competition, supporting proximity sensing and touch through glass, plastic and metal overlays.
  • Capacitive touch MCUs for cost-sensitive applications: TI’s CapTIvate technology adds the benefits of capacitive touch and proximity sensing to applications such as access control panels, cooktops, wireless speakers and power tools.
  • Speed time to market: Developers can quickly evaluate capacitive sensing for their applications with the new BOOSTXL-CAPKEYPAD BoosterPack™ plug-in module that is compatible with the CapTIvate programmer board (CAPTIVATE-PGMR) or TI LaunchPad™ development kits. The BoosterPack module joins a portfolio of MCUs, easy-to-use tools, software, reference designs and documentation in the CapTIvate Design Center and online CapTIvate technology guide. In addition, developers can find answers and support in the TI E2E™ Community to speed development with CapTIvate technology.

Pricing, package and availability

Production quantities of the MSP430FR2512 and MSP430FR2522 MCUs are available in a 20-pin very thin quad flat no lead (VQFN) package and a 16-pin thin shrink small outline package (TSSOP) starting at US$0.69 in 1,000-unit quantities.

The CapTIvate BoosterPack plug-in module (BOOSTXL-CAPKEYPAD) is available for US$29.99 through the TI store and authorized distributors.

Learn more about MSP430 MCUs with CapTIvate technology

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits (ICs) and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping approximately 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at

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