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Platform enables designers to evaluate MCUs’ safety features

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 10:57am

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Hercules kitTexas Instruments introduced the Hercules LaunchPad platform -- an entry-level option enabling developers to gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate their performance and safety features. The TI Hercules LaunchPad is a modular, quick-launch evaluation kit that contains the development board, USB cable and documentation.  On-board emulation and included Hercules MCU demos allow exploration of advanced safety features integrated in Hercules MCUs.  The Hercules LaunchPad is available in two models – one based on the Hercules TMS570LS04x MCU and another based on Hercules RM42x MCU. Dual lockstep ARM Cortex-R4 based Hercules MCUs are intended for use in safety-critical automotive, industrial and medical applications needing to adhere to industry safety standards such as ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.

The TI MCU LaunchPad ecosystem, with its MSP430 LaunchPad, C2000 LaunchPad, Tiva C Series LaunchPad and now the new Hercules LaunchPad, offers flexibility and expandability through many available BoosterPack expansion boards.  These BoosterPacks enable desirable functionality and speed design and exploration. Developers can get started quickly with the company’s free software, tools and documentation, as well as share project ideas and collaborate with best practices through a large community. 

Texas Instruments, www.ti.com

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