Premier Farnell shipping Texas Instruments Booster Pack Plug-In Modules


Premier Farnell, The Development Distributor, is now shipping the Texas Instruments Sensors Booster Pack and Fuel Tank MKII Battery BoosterPack Plug-In Modules.

The BOOSTXL-SENSORS BoosterPack plug-in module is an easy way to add digital sensors to a LaunchPad development kit design. MCU LaunchPad developers can use this BoosterPack module to start developing sensor applications using the on-board gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, pressure, ambient temperature, humidity, ambient light and infrared temperature sensors.

The module includes a range of digital sensors to assist in mobile and tablet applications as well as home automation appliances, outdoor traffic and street lights, cameras, gas concentration and flame detection. Among these is a sensor that measures the intensity of visible light along with a fully-integrated microelectro-mechanical system (MEMS) thermopile sensor that measures the temperature of an object without direct contact. There is also a small, low power, low noise 16-bit inertial measurement unit designed for use in mobile applications like augmented reality or indoor navigation which require highly accurate, real-time sensor data as well as a low power and low noise 3-axis digital geomagnetic sensor that can be used in compass applications. The 12-pin wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP) with a footprint of 1.56 x 1.56 mm² and 0.60 mm height provides the highest design flexibility to the developer of mobile devices. And finally, an integrated environmental sensor has been developed specifically for mobile applications where size and low power consumption are key design constraints.

The Fuel Tank MKII BoosterPack plug-in module is the next generation design of the original Fuel Tank BoosterPack module. This BoosterPack includes TI battery monitoring ICs and other new features to make it easier to use. The Fuel Tank MKII BoosterPack module allows TI LaunchPad development kits to be powered from the included rechargeable lithium polymer battery, further enabling mobile application development and evaluation.

The Fuel Tank MKII BoosterPack plug-in module includes an on-board battery charger and gas gauge that provide critical parameters of the battery, including temperature, charging state, capacity, and more. The bq24250 is a highly integrated single-cell Li-Ion battery charger and system power-path management device targeted for space-limited, portable applications with high-capacity batteries. The bq27441-G1 fuel gauge is a microcontroller peripheral that provides system-side fuel gauging for single-cell Li-Ion batteries. The device requires minimal user configuration and system microcontroller firmware development. The battery features of this BoosterPack module can work with any BoosterPack-compatible LaunchPad development kit. However, code examples for using the fuel gauge aspect of the kit to interrogate the battery status are only provided for specific LaunchPad kits.

The Fuel Tank MKII BoosterPack plug-in module has USB charging with and indicator LED and can be use in a variety of

portable applications including mobile and smart phones, MP3 players, media players, and digital cameras.

The BoosterPacks are available from Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14

in APAC. Please visit the element14 Community for more information on the Texas Instruments Sensors Booster Pack Plug-In Module and the Texas Instruments Fuel Tank MKII Battery BoosterPack Plug-In Module.


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