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Fast MCUs target developers’ functional safety industrial, medical, automotive and transportation designs

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:47am

MCUs for functional safet appsTexas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) introduced its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications. Unique to the Hercules MCU platform, these two new floating-point devices offer a 50 percent increase in computational performance over any of TI’s current ARM Cortex-R MCUs, allowing system designers to utilize a single Hercules MCU to replace several discrete MCUs or an FPGA-MCU combination. These new Hercules MCUs also provide the largest available on-chip flash and RAM in the Hercules platform, along with several safety feature enhancements. The new MCUs are positioned to help designers more easily and quickly meet the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for transportation applications such as advanced driver assistance systems, domain control, electric propulsion systems, off-road vehicles. Features include:

  • Lockstep ARM Cortex-R5 cores in a cached memory architecture with speeds up to 330MHz that delivers 550 peak DMIPS, 660 peak MIPS and up to 330 MFLOPS.
  • Support for ever-increasing application code size requirements and expanding system functionality.
  • Accelerated IEC 61508 SIL-3 and ISO 26262 ASIL-D compliance and end product application certification.

For more information, visit www.ti.com

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