Dallas, Tex. – Addressing the need for security in the Internet of Things (IoT), Texas Instruments (TI) launched the TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad development kit to speed design of IoT gateways and nodes, factory control and automation systems, grid infrastructure, alternative energy and industrial applications. Based on TI’s TM4C129ENCPDT microcontrollers (MCUs), the TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad development kit offers a 120-MHz ARM Cortex-M4F core with security functions offloaded to hardware accelerators to provide the performance needed for customers developing applications requiring a secure cloud connection, said TI.
The out-of-box demo for the Crypto Connected LaunchPad (EK-TM4C129EXL) includes TI-RTOS, which supports development of multitasking applications to help customers develop products requiring an easy and secure Internet connection to the cloud. This can be paired with the WolfSSL software to send encrypted data over on-board Ethernet and view in the browser. Designers also have access to a complimentary download of TI’s Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE), a programming interface and debugging tool.
Advanced security features for data encryption and decryption include on-board Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Data Encryption Standard (DES), Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) and Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) accelerators to increase performance in secure connected applications. The WolfSSL library uses these crypto hardware accelerators to allow a secure SSL/TLS connection with the cloud server.
Communication options include sensor connectivity peripherals, 10/100 Ethernet MAC & PHY, full- and low-speed USB 2.0 port with in-circuit and external debug connectors, as well as the option to add Wi-Fi connectivity using the low-power SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 BoosterPack.
Availability: Available now.
Pricing: The TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad (EK-TM4C129EXL) is priced at $24.99 through the TI Store and authorized TI distributors. Compatible BoosterPacks for the LaunchPad can be found on TI’s BoosterPack page.
Resources: TivaWare software and TI’s Code Composer Studio IDE are available for immediate download. Developers can access the TI Design Network, as well as find training and support on the TI E2E community.