TI Provides Free Wireless MCU Development Kits, Helping Embedded Designers


DALLAS (March 10, 2008) - Helping pave the way for faster, easier ultra-low power embedded control designs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) will offer the sixth annual MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) "430 Day," a free, three-hour lunch-and-learn event to be held at over 150 locations worldwide, beginning March 25. Sessions will include a MSP430 overview, product updates and technical demonstrations, and attendees will each take home a free eZ430-RF2500 wireless MCU development kit, valued at $49. For more information, dates and locations please see: www.ti.com/430day.

The ez430-RF2500 development kit is packaged in a convenient USB stick form factor and offers two radio frequency (RF)-enabled MCU target boards and a PC debugging interface to develop stand-alone wireless projects. The ez430-RF2500 kit offers a complete solution for writing code as well as operating and testing applications in the field, enabling developers to quickly and easily build low-power wireless systems for sensing and metering, home security and automation, medical and other innovative applications. For more information see www.ti.com/ez430-rf.

The 2008 "430 Day" event, hosted by TI distributors worldwide, teaches embedded application designers how the MSP430 MCU platform enables countless system design possibilities with its 16-bit RISC architecture, advanced peripheral set and wide portfolio, all while maintaining the world's lowest MCU power consumption. The event will also offer tips and tricks for using the newest MSP430 MCUs and tools, and will also touch on wireless protocols and low power design techniques for the portable market.

"430 Day" is Held Worldwide:
Australia & New Zealand: TBD
China: April 30 - June 26, 2008
Europe, Middle East, Africa: April 7 - 30, 2008
India: April/May
Japan: May 20 - June 4, 2008
Korea: April 30, 2008
North America: March 25 - April 18, 2008 South America: April 8 - April 18, 2008
Taiwan: April 15 - July 11, 2008

For the latest details on specific locations please see: www.ti.com/430day.

TI Enables Innovation with Broad Range of Controllers From ultra low power MSP430 and 32-bit general purpose TMS470 ARM7 family-based MCUs to high performance TMS320C2000(TM) digital signal controllers, TI offers designers the broadest range of embedded control solutions. Designers can also accelerate their design to market by tapping into TI's complete software and hardware tools, extensive third party offerings and technical support. For more information on the broad range of TI's controllers, see www.ti.com/mcu.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.

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