As applications continue to advance, 8-bit microcontrollers are struggling to meet the growing demand for higher performance and ultra-low power to support evolving product designs. Texas Instruments introduced the affordable 16-bit MSP430 MCU Value Line to meet the changing market dynamics and requirements faced by typical low-cost 8-bit MCU developers. Taking the next step in providing a low-cost solution to the shortcomings of 8-bit MCUs, TI created the MSP430 MCU Value Line LaunchPad development kit to jump start application designs and provide a low-cost tool for developers of all experience levels.