Microcontrollers (MCU)

Control + Automation – Applications

Motor Drive and Control

Motor Control is a key application space for Control + Automation MCUs. There is a digital motor control library and system examples through controlSUITE™ software which support the C28x core on the F28M3x microcontrollers while the ARM can provide system connectivity and communication. The TM4C12x microcontrollers provide a platform for networked control applications.

Applications

  • BLDC motors
  • Industrial motor control
  • Toys and robots
  • AC inverters, servo drives
Motor Drive and Control

Automation and process control

Control + Automation microcontrollers are ideal for applications requiring system automation and process control. They are some of the only Cortex-M architecture microcontrollers with both an integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY that supports 1588. The TM4C12x series stand out amongst competition as the microcontroller series best-suited for factory automation and process control applications, while the F28M3x microcontroller series provides motor control and application process capability in an integrated microcontroller architecture. The Control + Automation MCUs also include essential features such as performance analog, dual CAN 2.0 ports, extended temperature support, PWM modules and extensive serial connectivity.

Applications

  • IoT / Industrial Gateway
  • Industrial Control
  • Building automation / HVAC control
  • Commercial access & security controller
  • Wired & wireless connectivity modules
  • Asset metering / management
  • AC inverters, servo drives
Automation and process control

Consumer and portable electronics

The diversity of consumer and portable electronic equipment requires a scalable platform of mixed-signal, low-power microcontrollers. The TM4C12x series integrates high-performance mixed-signal processing with low power with a range of device options that consume as little as 1.6 µA, making this series a good fit for consumer and portable electronics.

Applications

  • Electronic accessories
  • Human-machine interface
  • Appliance control panels
  • Graphic displays
  • Game controllers
Consumer electronics

Human Machine Interface

Enabled with a built-in LCD controller and the TivaWare™ software for C-Series Graphics Library, TM4C12x series MCUs provide the fastest time-to-market for any dot-matrix, OLED, VFD or LCD display

Applications

  • Thermostats
  • Home appliances
  • Industrial HMI
Human machine interface

Lighting

With up to 40 PWMs and the most integrated serial connectivity in the market, the TM4C12x Series MCUs provide a differentiated platform for a wide variety of lighting applications.

Applications

  • LED and LCD panel control
  • Lighting ballasts
  • Professional stage lighting
Control Automation Lighting

Sensor hub

TM4C12x Series microcontrollers leverage the proprietary TivaWare sofware Sensor hub Library to enable customers to integrate 9-axis sensor fusion, and to extend their mobile applications with additional sensors.

Applications

  • GPS devices
  • Touch interfaces
  • Weather stations
Sensor hub

High-end digital power

F28M3x microcontrollers have the computational performance, analog speed and accuracy and the flexible high-resolution pulse-width-modulation generation needed for the high-frequency control loops required in high-end digital power applications. This platform enables designers to do digital control and applications processing and communication in a single microcontroller platform.

Applications

  • Uninterruptible power supplies
High-end digital power

Solar power

F28M3x microcontrollers are uniquely suited for solar power applications. The C28x DSP core has the performance headroom to maximize advanced MPPT algorithms. High-resolution PWMs enable faster transient response to improve the power efficiency of the inverter in the constantly-varying conditions. Fast ADCs allow for increased loop frequencies and, therefore, greater system responsiveness. The ARM® Cortex®-M3 also provides host and application control capable of scheduling and managing system tasks and communication to the outside world. In sum, designers will find F28M3x microcontrollers up to the task for leading solar applications.

Applications

  • Solar and wind energy
  • 1-Phase solar inverter
  • 3-Phase solar inverter
  • String inverter
Solar power

Power line communications

With a DSP-processing core and unique accelerators, such as the Viterbi Complex Math Unit (VCU), F28M3x MCUs are uniquely fitted to the rigorous computational and system demands of power line communications (PLC) applications. Likewise, Texas Instruments offers a complete PLC solution supported with software, hardware and system expertise.

Applications

  • Power line communications
  • Smart grid
Power line communications