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TI haptics-enabled MCUs geared for apps with vibrational feedback

12 Dec 2013

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Texas Instruments has introduced its MSP430TCH5E haptics-enabled MCUs designed for applications featuring vibrational feedback. Combined with a licence to Immersion's TouchSense 2200 software, the MCUs allow engineers to use 122 different haptics effects, including effect chaining and audio-to-haptics capabilities.

In addition to Immersion's software, TI offers its own open-source Capacitive Touch Software Library, as well as a new PC-based MSP430 Capacitive Touch Pro GUI tool to evaluate, diagnose, and tune capacitive touch button, slider, and wheel designs in real time.

For systems development, Element14 is offering a HapTouch BoosterPack and SDK. Configured in a game controller form factor, the HapTouch Boosterpack combines MSP430TCH5E haptics MCUs with TI's DRV2603 haptic driver. As with other BoostPack's, the HapTouch BoosterPack can be plugged into TI's MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad evaluation kit for further development.

The new MSP430TCH5E MCUs are available immediately for $1.25 in 1000 units. The HapTouch BoosterPack is available exclusively from Element14 for $25.00.




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