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Accelerate control systems and increase integration while decreasing system cost with TI's new C2000™ Piccolo™ F2807x MCUs

Enabling system flexibility and platform scalability for industrial control applications such as digital power, renewable energy and automotive control

Oct 23, 2014

HOUSTON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Need a microcontroller (MCU) that allows you to quickly double system performance without doubling your cost or changing your hardware or software design? With the powerful combination of the C28x CPU and accelerators, the new C2000™ Piccolo™ F2807x MCUs from Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) boost execution speeds of control tasks in industrial applications such as telecom rectifiers, server power, solar micro inverters, frequency inverters and automotive HEV/EV. The F2807x MCUs also provide many analog and control peripherals to enable more integrated control applications. They are scalable with the previously announced C2000 Delfino™ F2837xS and F2837xD MCU generations. 

Real-time control accelerator (CLA) doubles system performance
Designers looking to tap into the performance of the C2000 Piccolo F2807x MCUs can leverage the real-time control accelerator (CLA). The CLA doubles the throughput of the F2807x MCU, providing an additional 120 MHz of floating-point processing capability. This additional bandwidth allows designers to run parallel math-intensive or time-sensitive signal processing tasks. Offloading these tasks to the CLA enables the CPU to focus on general system tasks such as diagnostics, communications, motion profiling and more. Also integrated in the main C28x CPU is a trigonometric math unit (TMU) accelerator, which enables the chip to quickly execute trigonometric-based algorithms used in transforms and control functions.

Analog and control integration
TI's C2000 Piccolo F2807x MCUs are also packed with high-end, smart analog and control integration — including a flexible, enhanced pulse-width modulator (PWM) that supports all digital power topologies — to decrease digital control system complexity. Three 12-bit ADCs increase sampling throughput by allowing designers to do simultaneous tasks such as monitor voltages and currents of three-phase motors while simultaneously decoding high-frequency resolver feedback. Additionally, the F2807x MCUs can simultaneously process eight delta-sigma modulated channels, each with threshold comparators and a seamless interface to the TI AMC1204 isolated delta-sigma modulator, for isolated current and voltage measurements. Window comparators provide critical power stage protection.

Scalability enables customers to create complete portfolios
Using the same C28x core and many of the same peripherals, the C2000 Piccolo F2807x MCUs are pin- and software-compatible with the previously introduced dual-core Delfino F2837xD and single-core Delfino F2837xS MCUs, enabling motor developers to get to market faster with a variety of products that feature a range of signal processing, flash performance, and analog and control peripheral options. Also easing development, the C2000 F2807x Experimenter's Kit and controlCARD allow designers ease in evaluating the C2000 Piccolo F2807x MCUs for their latest innovations.

Centralized software development
TI makes software development of its F2807x MCUs easy with examples, header files, application libraries and much more available in controlSUITE™ software. The Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment v6 accompanies these MCUs, and third-party support from Altair provides more software programming options for this new platform.

Pricing and availability
Fully featured C2000 Piccolo F2807x 32-bit MCUs (TMX320F28075) are now sampling. Production versions of the F28075 and F28074 (TMS320F28074) will start at less than $9 USD in 1K unit orders. Developers can evaluate their new Piccolo F2807x MCUs using the Experimenter's Kit docking station (TMDXDOCK28075) for $189 and include the modular controlCARD (TMDXCNCD28075) for $129.

Innovation is at the core of TI MCUs
Beginning with the foundation of leading process technology and adding unique system architecture, intellectual property and real-world system expertise, TI continues its 20+ years of MCU innovation with low-power and performance MCUs. With unique products for ultra-low power, low-power performance and security communications, to real-time control, control and automation, and safety, designers can accelerate time to market with TI's ecosystem of tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings and technical support.                   

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