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January 2012  |  www.ti.com/mcu

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Product Announcements
Create intelligent lighting applications

New digital LED Lighting and Communications Developer’s Kit (TMDSIACLEDCOMKIT) based on TI’s Piccolo™ MCU allows users to create intelligent lighting applications.

Features
New Smart Grid Group on TI’s e2e Community

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. Find smarter grid solutions on TI’s e2e Community – and find articles, videos and other contributions authored by TI’s Smart Grid experts. Here you will find methods for getting your design to market faster, compliance with worldwide standards, and developing smart energy systems, using the world’s most current technology.

New RF connectivity with MCUs website


TI’s embedded processors are a perfect companion to TI’s broad radio portfolio for today’s wireless systems. This new site details how microcontrollers are an integral part of all wireless connectivity systems.

What’s new in motor control?


Check out our motor control guru Dave Wilson’s latest blogs to learn his "Ten Commandments of Digital Control".

"Make the Switch to TI MCUs" December winner announced


Learn why Lahcen Ghourabi switched to TI’s Stellaris® MCUs. Tell us your story on how you made the switch to a Texas Instruments microcontroller for a chance to win a prize. First, join or sign in to TI’s E2E community here . Then tell your own success story by starting a new post in this forum . And if you haven’t switched yet, click here to learn quickly how to make the switch today!

Literature
1-µA capacitive grip detection based on MSP430™ microcontrollers

This application note discusses a grip detection design using two capacitive touch sensors that utilize the PinOsc feature available on all MSP430G2xx2 and MSP430G2xx3 value line devices. The PinOsc feature integrated into every MSP430G2xx2 and MSP430G2xx3 device eliminates the need for external components when implementing capacitive touch sensors and offers an average current consumption as low as 1 µA per button.

USB keyboard using MSP430™ microcontrollers

This application report describes a low-cost, highly-flexible composite USB keyboard implementation based on MSP430F5xx/MSP430F6xx families. Schematics and software are included allowing for an easy implementation and customization.

Multiple time bases on a single MSP430™ timer module

The timer modules on MSP430™ ultra-low-power microcontrollers often base several different outputs off of a single time base in a single timer period. In exchange for a small amount of software overhead, multiple time bases can be implemented on a single MSP430 timer module, allowing for more features to be implemented on a simpler MSP430 device.

C2000™ MCU LED Lighting Guide

Enabling industry-leading energy efficiency, adaptive intelligence and remote connectivity, C2000 Piccolo™ MCUs are lighting the way for the future of LED illumination designs.

Initialization of Hercules™ ARM® Cortex™-R4F Microcontrollers

This application note provides details and code examples on how to initialize and configure the TMS570LS31x/21x and RM48x MCUs – including key safety features.

Compatibility Considerations: TMS570LS20x/10x to TMS570LS31x/21x

New Hercules™ MCU application report provides a summary of the main changes required for porting an application written on the Hercules TMS570LS20x/10x series of microcontrollers to the Hercules TMS570LS31x/21x series of microcontrollers.

Tool and Software Updates
Cut development time in half with MSP430Ware

MSP430Ware is a collection of code examples, datasheets and other design resources for all MSP430™ MCU devices delivered in a convenient package - essentially everything developers need to become MSP430 experts! MSP430Ware also includes a high level peripheral Driver Library to make it easy to talk to MSP430 hardware. Driver Library’s easy-to-use function calls make MSP430 development easier than ever.

StellarisWare® now includes International Font support

Written entirely in C, the StellarisWare graphics library features over 130 different predefined fonts and includes support for both Western European, Cyrillic and Asian character sets. This improved text functionality enables users to create and program more comprehensive HMI features and multi–language applications.

Online menu of tools and software for Smart Grid systems development

Now find the right tools and software for grid infrastructure, utility metering, home and building automation and smart grid communication, all in one place. www.ti.com/smartgrid-tools

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Third Party and Hobbyists
New MSP430F5510-based development kit, MSP430-5510STK from Olimex

The MSP430-5510STK starter kit for only EUR 16.95 retail has a built-in Li-Po charger and micro SD-card, perfect for demonstrating MSP430 USB datalogging.

New BoosterPack for MSP430 LaunchPad, MOD-LED8x8 from Olimex

MOD-LED8x8 is a stackable matrix which allows you to develop LED displays for the MSP430-LED8x8-BOOSTERPACK.  For only EUR 6.95 retail you can open up a wide range of display sizes for the MSP430 LaunchPad. 

Micrium releases µC/TCP-IP and µC/USB-Host™ drivers for Hercules™ RM48x MCUs

µC/TCP-IP is a compact, reliable, high-performance TCP/IP protocol stack, optimized for embedded systems. Developed according to Micrium’s renowned coding standards, µC/TCP-IP enables the rapid configuration of required network options to minimize time-to-market. Micrium µC/USB Host is a full-featured, high-performance, small-footprint USB host software stack. The stack’s modular design includes an API layer, class drivers (MSC, HID, and CDC ACM), and a framework for developing custom class drivers.

Micrium RTOS examples for MSP430™ MCUs now available

If you design medical and other safety-critical applications, both µC/OS-II™ and µC/OS-III™ real time operating system code examples from Micrium are now available for MSP430 microcontrollers. These are the preferred real time operating systems in the industry specifically designed for safety critical applications.

Lauterbach PowerDebug now supports MSP430™ MCUs

MSP430 MCUs are now supported by Lauterbach’s TRACE32® PowerDebug for both the Spy-Bi-Wire and 4-Wire JTAG interface. Fast high-level and assembler debugging in single core or daisy chained setups of multiple MSP430 MCUs is available. The Debug features incorporate Flash programming of different compiler formats such as ICC430 (IAR Systems AB) and CCS (Texas Instruments) as well as real-time operating system awareness. Learn more.

IAR launches Hercules RM48 HDK Starter Kit

The bundled kit contains a complete TI Hercules TMDXRM48HDK kit, IAR J-Link Lite, IAR DVD with IAR SW tools, IAR Getting Started Guide, as well as TI software, device information and links to the TI website for software/documentation updates.

Upcoming Events and Training
Hands on LaunchPad training in a city
near you


The Getting Started with the MSP430 LaunchPad Workshop is an in-depth introduction into MSP430 basics. The LaunchPad is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike for creating microcontroller-based applications. Participants will receive a free LaunchPad and Capacitive Touch BoosterPack. There are locations around the United States, so check out our schedule for all of the dates and locations.

Strategies in Light

Come see the latest in TI Lighting Solutions at Strategies in Light in Santa Clara, California on February 7-9th. Stop by booth #710 to see the latest C2000™ MCU lighting kits and chat with experts!

Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition

Don’t miss the chance to visit with C2000™ MCU experts about the latest in digital power solutions! TI will be at The Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) on February 5-9th in Orlando, FL in booth #410.

Hercules™ One Day MCU Functional Safety Seminars in North America

The TI Hercules One Day Safety Seminar provides an overview of the applicable standards and directives for safety critical applications. In addition, attendees see how the ARM® Cortex™-R4F based family of safety microcontrollers can easily be used in the implementation of a safety critical system. This seminar will be offered at various locations in North America in the upcoming months.

TI MCUs in the News
Swarming Robots Get Cheaper – Electronic Design
TI adds software ecosystem MSP430 16-bit MCUs – EE Times
Power IC supports 3.5-6.5V input voltage – EE Times Asia
TI adds memory and RTOS support to MSP430 MCUs – Electronics Weekly

32bit motor control kit spins and tunes three-phase brushless motors in minutes – EE Times Europe

Hercules™ Safety MCUs named one of EE Times "Top 10 Products" of 2011 – EE Times


Videos
C2000™ MCU Isolated AC LED Lighting Kit with Communications
Introduction to Stellaris® ARM Cortex™-M3 MCUs

Integrated USB Connectivity with MSP430 MCUs


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