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TI MCU comes with USB 2.0

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MCU? USB? CLA co-processor? Viterbi Complex Math?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has unleashed a 32bit, real-time C2000 Piccolo F2806xU MCU with integrated USB connectivity. The device, according to the company, is geared for consumer and industrial motor control systems, industrial power systems, telecom and data systems, wind and solar energy generation and general power electronic applications.

In addition to targeting on-the-go communications in the field, the solution boasts 12bit, 3MSPS, ADC with simultaneous, dual sampling and on-chip voltage reference yield quick and accurate system feedback. Three high-speed analogue comparators with 30ns response time promote near instantaneous fault responsiveness. It also features C-programmable, 32bit floating-point CLA co-processor that the company said bolsters system performance by up to twofold and enables closed loop control of multiple independent targets. The CLA has direct control of on-chip peripherals and features its own bus and memory structure to support�parallel execution of algorithms.

As an added feature to the C28x core and CLA, the Viterbi Complex Math Unit (VCU) offers 75 tailored math instructions to accelerate processing of communications algorithms. TI also stated that the code compatibility across the C2000 MCU platform allows developers to scale solutions from 40-300MHz.

C2000's flexible and modular design concepts allow developers to experiment with various C2000 MCUs to fit price, performance and peripheral feature set requirements, noted the firm. Development tools for the F2806xU MCUs are available and include: $39 controlSTICK (TMDX28069USB), $59 controlCARD (TMDXCNCD28069) and $99 Experimenter's Kit (TMDXDOCK28069). Application-specific motor control and digital power development kits, featuring the DRV8x motor drivers and digital power ICs, are also available. The controlSUITE software provides open source software, example projects, hardware schematics, easy-to-use demonstration GUIs and documentation, TI added. It is free and can be accessed immediately.

The F2806xU Piccolo MCUs start at $4.95 in 1k volumes.

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