CC2538 Development Kit


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The CC2538 development kit provides a complete hardware performance test platform and generic software development environment for the ARM Cortex M3-based, IEEE 802.15.4 compliant CC2538 system-on-chip from Texas Instruments. The kit includes two CC2538 RF evaluation modules (CC2538EM), two general purpose development boards (SmartRF06EB) for software and hardware prototyping, one CC2531 USB dongle for packet sniffing, cables, and documentation to get you up and running with the CC2538 quickly and easily.

The CC2538 evaluation modules can be used as reference modules for prototyping and for verifying the performance of the CC2538 RF IC. In combination with SmartRF06EB and SmartRF Studio, you have a complete set of tools for measuring RF parameters and more generally evaluate the RF performance of the chip. SmartRF Studio can generate register values and set up the radio to send and receive packets, set up a continuous wave signal and read the received signal strength (RSSI).

The SmartRF06EB has integrated the XDS100v3 debug probe, so no additional hardware tools are required for debugging of software running on the devices. The debug probe is compatible with Code Composer Studio and IAR Embedded Workbench. Other JTAG probes that support ARM Cortex M3 devices, like JLink from Segger and I-jet from IAR, can also be used to download and debug software on the CC2538.

The CC2538EM boards come pre-programmed with a Packet Error Rate test, which can be used for practical range testing of the radio. Texas Instruments' ZigBee stack (Z-Stack) is of course also available for the kit.

  • 2 x SmartRF06 Evaluation Boards
  • 2 x CC2538 Evaluation Modules
  • 1 x CC2531 USB Dongle (for packet sniffing)
  • Cables
  • Documentation
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CC2538 32-bit Arm Cortex-M3 Zigbee, 6LoWPAN, and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless MCU with 512kB Flash and 32kB RAM

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CC2538DK – CC2538 Development Kit

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CC2538 PER Test (v1.1.0) (Rev. A) – SWRC272A.ZIP (653KB)

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Certificate CC2538DK EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) Jan. 02, 2019
White paper Wireless Connectivity For The Internet of Things, One Size Does Not Fit All (Rev. A) Oct. 16, 2017
User guide SmartRF06 Evaluation Board User's Guide (Rev. B) Mar. 13, 2017
White paper 6LoWPAN Demystified - 6LoWPAN Demystifed – A Low Power IP Mesh Network Oct. 28, 2014
More literature CC2538 Development Kit Quick Start Guide Apr. 12, 2013

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Hardware development

SMARTRF06EBK SmartRF06 Evaluation Board
CC2531EMK CC2531 USB Evaluation Module Kit CC2538EMK CC2538 Evaluation Module Kit

Software development

Z-STACK A fully compliant ZigBee 3.x solution: Z-Stack
CC2538-SW CC2538 Foundation Firmware
CCSTUDIO-WCS Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment (IDE) for wireless connectivity
FLASH-PROGRAMMER SmartRF Flash Programmer

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