TI announces first ultra low power FRAM 16bit mcus

Texas Instruments has unveiled what it claims to be the industry's first ultra low power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16bit microcontrollers.

According to TI, the MSP430FR57xx FRAM series achieves data writing speeds more than 100 times faster than flash and EEPROM based mcus, while it claims the series uses 250 times less power. On chip FRAM allows data retention in all power modes, supports more than 100trillion write cycles and allows users to partition data and programming memory with changes in software. Additional features include FRAM densities up to 16kbyte, analogue and connectivity peripheral options, including 10bit a/d converters, 32bit hardware multipliers, up to five 16bit timers and code compatibility across MSP platforms.