Austin, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has extended its microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad ecosystem with the introduction of the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad. Touted as the first Internet of Things (IoT) enabled LaunchPad, this evaluation tool platform enables engineers to prototype a wide range of cloud-enabled applications, bringing connectivity to any new or existing LaunchPad-based application.
The on-board Tiva C Series TM4C1294NCPDT MCU adds advanced Ethernet technology and the largest memory footprint available in the LaunchPad ecosystem. The diverse peripherals on this platform can run multiple communication stacks simultaneously, allowing engineers to develop network gateways that can connect multiple endpoints to the cloud, said TI. Example applications include sensor gateways, home automation controllers, industrial communication/control networks, and cloud-enabled gadgets/appliances.
In addition to the on-board Ethernet MAC +PHY, significant analog integration and connectivity options, the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad contains two BoosterPack XL plug-in interfaces. These interfaces allow designers to connect to a wide range of compatible BoosterPacks, providing the capability to expand application reach with sensors, displays, wireless modules and other components, said TI.
The BoosterPack plug-in modules allow various application extensions. Developers can use TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 BoosterPack, SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2541-based BoosterPack from Anaren, as well as many other TI and third- party BoosterPack solutions. Included with the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad is an extensive TivaWare software foundation with more than 50 accompanying software application examples.
Pricing: The Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad (EK-TM4C1294XL) is available for $19.99 USD through the TI estore and licensed TI distributors.