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New royalty free RTOS for latest generation of dual-core microcontrollers

New royalty free RTOS for latest generation of dual-core microcontrollers

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TI-RTOS is a new, deterministic, scalable real-time operating system (RTOS) that is fully integrated with the Code Composer Studio IDE development environment 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.
TI-RTOS for builds on the SYSBIOS real-time kernel and controlSUITE middleware and peripheral libraries and provides TCP/IP, USB host and device, a FAT file system, and drivers all completely integrated and tested in a multithreaded environment to enable engineers to begin development immediately. It uses the same real-time kernel on both cores to provide a uniform programming environment in which developers can quickly switch tasks from one core to another to optimize system performance.
The dual-core Concerto microcontrollers are supported by C2000’s controlSUITE software which includes a software ecosystem, application libraries, demos and examples, as well as TI’s Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE) v5.
The Concerto F28M36x microcontroller has a smaller package size and more connectivity than previous Concerto microcontrollers with a 289-pin (ball), 16×16 mm nFBGA package with .8 mm ball pitch to allow more input/output (I/O) connectivity and 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.
High-performance pulse-width modulation (PWM) peripherals increase the control resolution in switching power supplies and motor control systems while memory includes up to 1.5 MB of flash and 232 KB RAM for storage.
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.
Concerto microcontrollers now start at $6.99 in quantities of 1,000 units. The Concerto F28M36x Experimenter Kit (TMDXDOCK28M36) is priced at $195, and the controlCARD (TMXCDCNF28M36) is available for $145.
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