MCUs Boast 32-bit CLA for Direct Access to On-chip Peripherals
Texas Instruments announced its TMS320F2803x Piccolo microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring the Control Law Accelerator (CLA). Unique to TI’s F2803x Piccolo MCUs, the CLA is a60 MHz, 32-bit floating-point math accelerator that operates independently of the 60 MHz C28x core, allowing for direct access to on-chip peripherals and parallel execution of algorithms. These MCUs are based on an enhanced tightly coupled control architecture with integrated real-time control peripherals to simplify development of complex systems. Leveraging the performance and integration of the F2803x series, developers can use a single MCU to design cost-sensitive industrial, digital power and consumer applications such as LED lighting and white goods/appliances. The F2803x MCUs are an extension to TI’s Piccolo series and are 100 percent code compatible across the TMS320C2000 MCU platform. F2803x Piccolo MCU features include flexible control peripherals such as high-resolution PWMs, high-speed 12-bit ADC and 32-bit captures to reduce sample-to-output delay and improve system response, reduced scaling scaling and saturation burden, a wide range of F2803x configurations to provides the flexibility to scale designs: 64KB to 128KB flash, 64-pin/80-pin packages, 1050C and 1250C, and high-efficiency power management reference designs. The F2802x Piccolo MCUs start at sub $2.00 in volume, and the F2803x Piccolo MCUs start at sub $3.00 in volume.