New dual-core microcontrollers promise higher performance, increased memory and more I/Os in a smaller package

October 04, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Texas Instruments Incorporated unveils the company’s latest 32-bit C2000 Concerto microcontrollers for motor control, renewable energy and smart grid applications that require power conversion, remote data sharing, diagnostics, monitoring and control from a single device.

The new Concerto F28M36x microcontrollers integrate real-time, precise control provided by its C28x digital signal processor and advanced connectivity enabled through its ARM Cortex-M3 core, plus on-chip peripherals.

The dual-core Concerto microcontrollers are supported by C2000’s controlSUITE software which includes an intuitive software ecosystem, application libraries, demos and examples, as well as TI’s Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE) v5.

TI-RTOS, a new, deterministic, scalable real-time operating system (RTOS), is fully integrated with the Code Composer Studio IDE and available at no cost and royalty free.  It provides low-overhead communication mechanisms between the ARM Cortex-M3 and C28x cores, enabling developers to get started right out of the box and easily exchange command-and-control data buffers.  These newest Concerto microcontrollers are code compatible across the entire C2000 microcontroller platform for scalability and code reuse in energy-efficient applications.

The Concerto F28M36x microcontroller systems features a real-time control subsystem with TI's C28x 150 Mhz digital signal processor with floating point and the Viterbi Complex Math Unit.

The new devices offer a smaller package size and more connectivity than previous Concerto microcontrollers – 289-pin (ball), 16x16 mm nFBGA package with .8 mm ball pitch to allow more input/output (I/O) connectivity.  Industry-leading control peripherals support control and power conversion in energy-efficient applications.

A robust host communication subsystem based on 125 Mhz Cortex-M3 and connectivity peripherals such as Ethernet, USB On-The-Go, dual CAN and multiple serial communication ports, enable functions such as data sharing, diagnostics and monitoring.

The new Concerto F28M36x Experimenter Kit includes a Concerto F28M36x controlCARD and docking station to enable developers to quickly and easily begin evaluation and development.  The modular controlCARD is hardware-compatible with TI’s C2000 application-specific kits and software to further support development.  Free, on-demand Concerto training enables developers to begin further exploring optimized architecture, tailored features and easy-to-use software infrastructure of the devices.

Availability

Concerto microcontrollers now start at $6.99 in quantities of 1,000 units.  The Concerto F28M36x Experimenter