Texas Instruments Microcontroller

robotics-university.com | Texas Instruments (TI) is one of the big semiconductor company in the world. TI’s semiconductor products are so many kinds of special function chips like Amplifiers, Audio, Clocks & timing, Data converters, Interface, Isolation, Logic, Microcontrollers, Motor drivers, Power management, Processors, RF & microwave, Sensors, Space & harsh environment, Switches & multiplexers, Wireless connectivity, and more. TI’s technologies are at work in every type of electronic system in markets that include Industrial, Automotive, Personal electronics, Communications equipment, and Enterprise systems

TI’s Microcontroller 
Microcontroller become one of the TI products, for this line product, TI provide a portfolio of low-power, high-performance microcontrollers (MCUs) with wired and wireless options. Supported by a common RTOS software platform, the consumers have access to a robust development ecosystem that includes LaunchPad Development Kits. TI offer the right mix of silicon, software and development tools to differentiate and get your product to market faster. 

The Types of TI’s Microcontroller Products 
The broadest portfolio of wired and wireless Arm Cortex-M based MCUs with the lowest power, advanced security and best-in-class analog integration. 

TI’s MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) portfolio offers a wide variety of 16-bit MCUs with ultra-low-power and integrated analog and digital peripherals for sensing and measurement applications. 

3. C2000 MCU 
C2000 real-time controllers are a portfolio of high-performance microcontrollers that are purpose-built to control power electronics and provide advanced digital signal processing in industrial and automotive applications. In over 20 years at the forefront of the analog to digital control revolution, C2000 MCUs have evolved to provide precision sensing, powerful processing, and premium actuation to enable engineers to create the world’s most efficient power control systems. 

TI’s Microcontroller Embedded Systems Design Tools 
To give support for the consumers, TI provide so meaning-full tools to design and develop theirs embedded systems prototype or projects. The tools are 1) Hardware kits boards, 2) Code Composer Studio IDE, and 3) Software Development Kits (SDK). 

1. Hardware Kits Boards 
TI cross-compatible portfolio of modular evaluation and development hardware pair perfectly with scalable online and offline software to help you get your products to market faster. From affordable microcontroller hardware development kits (LaunchPads™) to 80+ functional plug-in modules (BoosterPacks™), we have the hardware you need to get your embedded development project off the ground.

Figure 1. SimpleLink MSP432P401R development board (for example)

Starting from evaluation to prototyping to development and optimization, the SimpleLink™ platform offers simple yet powerful hardware and software tools that enable you to ramp up quickly based on your customer needs. You only need to learn one unified, consistent development platform regardless of the SimpleLink MCU you’re using. 

2. Code Composer Studio IDE 
TI robust development environment, centered on Code Composer Studio™ IDE, is built with your convenience and ease-of-use in mind. You need to get to market fast, iterate faster, and scale your innovations quickly and seamlessly across diverse families of equipments. From our unique cloud environment of easy resource exploration and browser-based development tools to advanced debugging on your desktop, our development tools enable your journey from discovery to production. 

Figure 2. Code Composer Studio IDE 

3. Software Development Kits (SDK). 
TI Software Development Kits (SDKs) provide all needed components to start embedded systems development, are fully tested and integrated, and release quarterly. Get to market faster with our operating systems, middleware/frameworks and stacks, application examples, demos, documentation and training--all packaged together for your convenience. 

What's an SDK? 
Application software consists of simple software commands that you want the hardware to do, typically C or ASM code. Development tools like IDEs, compilers, and debug probe allow you to create that application code for a given evaluation or development board. SDKs, though, are intended to solve bigger problems. Operating systems, peripheral drivers, hardware abstraction, protocols, and libraries all need to work together seamlessly--that's why our kits include all of these necessities and come fully tested and integrated. 

[3] MSP430 ultra-low-power sensing & measurement MCUs

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