Sub-1GHz wireless MCUs span 20km on a coin cell

18th November 2015
Posted By : Nat Bowers
Sub-1GHz wireless MCUs span 20km on a coin cell

Texas Instruments has announced the next device in the SimpleLink ultra-low power platform, designed to help customers easily add ultra-low power, long-range connectivity to their IoT designs. The SimpleLink Sub-1GHz CC1310 wireless MCUs offer up to 20 years of battery life for building and factory automation, alarm and security, smart grid and wireless sensor network applications.

Designed for ultra-low power, long-range applications, the CC1310 wireless MCUs feature:

  • Extended battery life with an ultra-low power radio, integrated ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, sensor controller, low-power modes and 0.6µA sleep current, as well as a top ULPBench score of 158;
  • Longer range with great sensitivity and strong coexistence that spans full-buildings to city-wide coverage for over 20km on a coin cell battery; and
  • Enhanced integration in a fingertip size wireless MCU that provides a small footprint with more possibilities in a single-chip, Flash-based, 4X4 QFN for your coin-cell application.

TI has simplified development with the SimpleLink CC1310 wireless MCUs by providing software options to fit a developer’s needs. Available software includes point-to-point communication examples with EasyLink and a wM-Bus protocol stack leveraging TI RTOS, as well as a Contiki 6LoWPAN mesh networking stack. Developers will also have access to development tools, reference designs, online training and E2E community support to help ease their design process. Additionally, TI offers scalable memory to fit developer’s code size with 32, 64, or 128kB Flash.

SimpleLink Sub-1GHz CC1310 wireless MCU-based development kits are available now on the TI Store and through TI authorised distributors. The CC1310DK is a complete Sub-1GHz hardware, software and RF development platform priced at $299 and the CC1310EMK costs $99 for two CC1310 evaluation modules, two antennas and a getting started guide.

The SimpleLink Sub-1GHz CC1310 wireless MCUs, for operation in 315, 433, 470, 500, 868, 915 and 920MHz ISM bands, will be available in 4x4, 5x5 and 7x7mm QFN packages. The devices available now are for 868, 915 and 920MHz ISM bands operation and the 7x7 pricing in 1,000 unit volumes is $2.80 for the CC1310F32, $3.20 for the CC1310F64 and $3.60 for the CC1310F128.

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