SOFTWARE TOOLS: TI brings controlSUITE software tools to new C2000 MCUs - Embedded.com

SOFTWARE TOOLS: TI brings controlSUITE software tools to new C2000 MCUs

Houston, Texas – Responding to the demand for more intuitive, easy-to-use software throughout every embedded system design stage, Texas Instruments today introduced its controlSUITE software for the company's new real-time TMS320C2000 Piccolo microcontrollers (MCUs).

According to Chris Clearman, manager of TMS320C2000 marketing, unlike traditional MCU tool offerings, controlSUITE software delivers the content and content management necessary to simplify evaluation, application adaptation, debug, test and reuse.

Going beyond the simple demonstrations common to free software portfolios, he said controlSUITE software includes libraries and examples that are full, open source projects, serving as true development systems for applications such as motor control.

Additionally, a new installer eliminates frustrations related to versioning and dependencies and gives developers access to the complete software offering in a centralized location.

The software package is design to take the developer through each design stage including, evaluation, application development, and proliferation across multiple product lines and projects.

Fundamental building blocks inside an intuitive system framework simplify device start-up, configuration, tasking, and peripheral configuration, all within the Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio integrated development environment.

Clearman said modular application level libraries and unique tools were built into real-world systems and are supported with open source hardware examples to allow developers to easily port content to varying applications with dramatically greater success.

Device drivers, APIs, utilities as well as math, signal processing and application libraries allow developers focus on differentiation, while a single controlSUITE portal allows developers to easily manage available software, collateral and support

A new installer allows developers to select only the software components they require and gives option for update notifications or automatic updates to eliminate version compatibility issues.

controlSUITE, Clearman said, uses an incremental Build approach to motor control example systems that allows developers to verify each section of their application one step at a time to greatly simplify debug.

Part of the development package is a new High Voltage Motor Control and PFC Developer's Kit, an open source hardware and software platform to develop advanced motor control systems with digital power factor correction (PFC) using TI's C2000 Piccolo MCUs. Leveraging TI's Piccolo F28035 controlCARD, the PFC stage on the kit provides up to 750 W of power to the motor driver stage, which can output 1.5 KW of power.

The controlSUITE software included with the kit provides step by step documentation for closed loop PFC software and detailed examples and labs on controlling brushless DC (trapezoidal and sinusoidal drive), AC Induction or permanent magnet synchronous motors (Field Oriented Control) in both sensored and sensorless configurations.

controlSUITE includes a FREE fully-featured version of Code Composer Studio v4 (32kb code limited) and takes advantage of the real-time debug circuitry on C2000 devices to provide a powerful debugging environment with real-time watch windows and graphs for software verification and debugging. It also iIncludes many additional tools for C2000, such as the DSP/ BIOS real-time operating system, an emulator, and a flash Programmer.

The controlSUITE software is free and can be immediately accessed at www.ti.com/controlsuite-pr. Initially, said Clearman, application libraries focus on motor control, but additional applications, such as digital power, power line modem, and LED lighting will be added throughout the year.

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