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March 2011  |  www.ti.com/mcu



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New literature, app notes, guides
White paper: Methods of controlling multiple LED strings with C2000™ microcontrollers

As more applications continue to integrate LED technology, developers find themselves facing the challenge of driving greater numbers of LEDs while lowering system cost and increasing power efficiency. This white paper explores the different LED driver topologies and digital control methods available for driving multiple LED strings efficiently to reduce system cost, lower operating expenses, increase color accuracy, and improve overall reliability.
TI Spins Motors – with all new guides and web content

Download our all NEW Motor Solutions Guide
Visit TI’s all NEW Motor Solutions web portal at www.ti.com/motor

TI combines more than 20 years of motor drive and control experience, a broad portfolio of analog and microcontroller products and a comprehensive offering of tools, software and support to deliver efficient, reliable, cost-effective motor solutions. Customers can get the right products at the right performance to quickly spin any motor, including AC Induction (ACIM), Brushed DC (BDC), Brushless DC (BLDC), Permanent Magnet Synchronous, and Stepper.
Get Smarter Grid Solutions – and an all new smart grid solution guide

Download the all NEW Smart Grid Solutions Guide
Visit TI’s all NEW Smart Grid web portal at www.ti.com/smartgrid

Across the smart grid application spectrum, TI supports every stage of the design process, from device selection and software development to tools and system solutions. Our unique ability to lead and deliver on every system in the smart grid application space, gives TI visibility into the needs of the entire industry, now and for the future.
Selection Guide: TI processors based on ARM® technology

Realizing the need for low-power, cost-effective solutions, TI is committed to strengthening its embedded processing portfolio with a range of ARM-based solutions meeting the power, performance and cost requirements the market demands today.

TI MCUs in the news
Debugging MSP430 using Eclipse – Hack A Day
TI expands Piccolo family of real-time control MCUs – Automotive Electronic News
Optimize Performance and Reduce Costs – Appliance Design
Wireless Development Kit Supports Instant ZigBee Networks – Electronic Design
Ultra-Low-Power MSP430 Value Line Microcontrollers – Design News
Development kit tackles multi-dc/dc control strings for white and RGB LEDs – EDN

Videos
C2000™ Piccolo™ MCU Multi-DC/DC Color LED Kit
Getting Started with the MSP430 LaunchPad Workshop – Part 1
IQmath Library Demo for Microcontrollers
ARM® Cortex™-M3: Stellaris Wireless @ Embedded World

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Make the switch to TI microcontrollers!

From ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCUs and high-performance TMS320C2000™ real-time controllers, to 32-bit general-purpose ARM-based MCUs, and Stellaris® ARM® Cortex™-M3 MCUs, TI offers the broadest range of embedded control products. Switch now!

Tool and software updates
Speed application development with new F2806x Piccolo™ MCU kits

The VisSim/Embedded Controls Developer enables rapid application development, as it visually supports operator training, device initialization, prototyping and production code generation for TI’s new C2000™ Piccolo floating-point microcontrollers. Try a full version of VisSim/Embedded Controls Developer v8.0 free for two months with TI’s F2806x controlSTICK and F2806x Experimenter’s Kit.
Don’t delay – order today!

The Piccolo controlSTICK is $11 for the first 500 customers!*
*orders via the TI eStore with promo code PiccoloCS
F5529 Experimenter Board now available!

The MSP-EXP430F5529 Experimenter Board is a development platform based on the MSP430F552x devices with integrated USB. This board is perfect for learning and developing USB-based MSP430™ MCU applications. The board includes a 102x64 dot-matrix LCD, microSD card, 3-axis accelerometer, 5 cap touch pads, RF expansion headers, 9 LEDs, an analog thumb-wheel, easy access to spare F5529 pins, standard JTAG access, and an integrated Spy Bi-Wire flash emulation module. The kit is also pre-programmed with an out-of-box demo to immediately show the capabilities of the MSP430.
Visually configure MSP430™ MCU peripherals with the Grace™ software plugin for CCS

BETA 3 is now available for your review! Enable and configure ADCs, DACs, timers, clocks, serial communication modules and more, by navigating buttons, drop-down menus, and text fields. Grace software generates fully-commented C code that is inserted directly into your active Code Composer Studio™ IDE project. Quicken your time to market with Grace today!

Upcoming events and training
Mark your calendars!

Interested in a full day of technical presentations on a variety of topics including the newest products, TI solutions in key application spaces and the latest technology innovations on the horizon? Then you can’t miss out on TI’s 2011 Technology Days. Check the schedule to find one in your area!
Make the switch to TI’s industry-leading embedded processing portfolio

Attend the 2011 Arrow and Texas Instruments Embedded Series and learn how to get started quickly with MSP430™ ultra-low-power MCUs, Stellaris® ARM®-based Cortex™-M3 MCUs, Sitara™ ARM®-based MPUs, and C2000™ real-time control MCUs.

Mark Your Calendars! Find a list of locations, agenda details, exclusive tool discounts, and register! MSP430 and Stellaris Days are April 28th so don’t delay!

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