Advanced closed-loop control systems for factory, process, and power automation markets require powerful MCU solutions that can interface to variety of industrial communications protocols. As new features and capabilities are added, these protocols may evolve several times during the lifetime of an industrial product. As a result, system providers can benefit from solutions that flexibly support multiple communications protocols and in-service updates without updating hardware.
Simple functions such as timer replacement, input/output expanders, system reset controllers and stand-alone EEPROM are common on PCBs. Low-cost, ultra-low-power MSP430™ value line microcontrollers (MCUs) offer cost savings when replacing digital and analog functions in a system. Watch this series to see how MSP430 MCUs can be used to enhance communication, pulse width modulation, systems and housekeeping, and timer functions in your next design.