TI provides connectivity to its C2000 MCUs

June 19, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
TI provides connectivity to its C2000 MCUs
With new capabilities, TI is upgrading its well-established C2000 family of 32-bit MCUs. The new variant with the type designation F2838x offers a range of connectivity options, including EtherCAT, Ethernet and CAN FD. Developers thus get the opportunity to make AC Servo Drives and similar industrial systems communication-capable with a single-chip solution.

Systems with communication interfaces often require an external application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or dedicated host control microprocessor, which limits the flexibility of the design architecture, adds complexity and takes up space on the board. The new C2000 F2838x MCUs do not require an external ASIC, therefore reducing overall solution size and bill of materials.

 

By integrating three industrial communication protocols, the F2838x MCUs give designers the ability to tailor one MCU to the unique needs of each system. A key component in achieving this is a new connectivity manager, an Arm Cortex-M4-based subsystem, which offloads processing-intensive communications and optimizes connectivity. In addition to these capabilities, C2000 F2838x MCUs offer enhanced real-time control performance and higher flexibility than previous C2000 series MCUs.

Pre-production samples of the C2000  TMS320F28388D are now available through the TI store in a 337 ball-grid-array package. Pricing starts at US$14.00 in 1,000-unit quantities. Developers can get started with the C2000  TMDSCNCD28388D development kit, available through the TI store for $249. Software development kits for motor control and digital power will be released by the end of June.

 


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