Latest SimpleLink platform allows code reuse across wired and wireless MCUs

Latest SimpleLink platform allows code reuse across wired and wireless MCUs: Helping developers to accelerate product expansion and maximise software investment, the latest SimpleLink microcontroller (MCU) platform transforms development, says Texas Instruments, with 100 per cent code reuse across its portfolio of wired and wireless MCUs.

Available today, the new Texas Instruments (TI) SimpleLink MCU platform is transforming the pace of product proliferation by uniting a robust set of hardware, software and tools under a single development environment, says TI. Built on a shared foundation of drivers, frameworks and libraries, the SimpleLink MCU platform’s new software development kits (SDKs) enable scalability with 100 per cent code reuse, reducing design time and allowing developers to invest once and leverage across multiple products. With the ability to choose any device from the broad portfolio of 32bit wired and wireless ARM-based MCUs, Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial products can adapt to changing design or application requirements, says TI.

New security-enhanced Wi-Fi products join the SimpleLink MCU portfolio. A new generation of Wi-Fi chips and modules are the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3220 wireless MCU and CC3120 wireless network processor. The CC3220 products are built on an architecture, with two physically separate execution environments in a single chip. The CC3220 devices include embedded security features such as secure storage, cloning protection, secure boot and networking security. Through these features, developers have access to powerful tools to help them protect IoT devices from intellectual property (IP) and data theft, or other risks, without using an external secure MCU or element. Like other SimpleLink products, these new devices enable Apple HomeKit technology.  The CC3x20 family of devices empowers designers to create products that can be sent to production in six months and can run on two AA batteries for years, says TI.

The SimpleLink platform is claimed to deliver the most security features, along with the broadest connectivity protocol support and advanced analogue integration, combined with the industry’s lowest power wireless MCUs. Bringing together all of TI’s low-power, connected ARM MCUs, including MSP432 devices, the platform offers Bluetooth low energy CC2640R2F and CC2640R2F-Q1 wireless MCUs, the dual-band (sub-1 GHz and Bluetooth low energy) CC1350 wireless MCU, the MSP432 host MCU, the sub-1GHz CC1310 wireless MCU and the CC3220 wireless MCU, CC3120 wireless network processor.

All are supported with TI drivers and industry-standard POSIX application programming interfaces (APIs). Additionally, the SimpleLink SDK lowers the barrier of entry with the introduction of TI drivers, an intuitive set of standardised functional APIs. There is also Portable Operating System Interface for Unix (POSIX) –compliant APIs support to offer 100 per cent application code portability with a number of operating systems and kernels. A unified tool chain provides tools, training and resources, including modular TI LaunchPad development kits, free cloud tools and on-demand access to code examples, documentation and training are available through TI Resource Explorer and SimpleLink Academy at every point in the design cycle.

The portfolio offers a range of  wired and wireless connectivity standards, including Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, Sub-1 GHz and RS485, with zigbee, Thread and Ethernet coming soon, promises the company.

CCS Cloud, a browser-based version of the Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE), is available as a free of charge, on online resource now. Customers with LaunchPad development kits, can use SimpleLink MCU SDKs which are available for immediate download.

The CC3220 wireless MCU, CC3120 wireless network processor, CC2640R2F wireless MCU, CC1350 wireless MCU, CC1310 wireless MCU, and MSP432 MCU are available now.  The CC3120MOD module, the CC3220MODS module and the CC3220MODSF module are sampling now.

The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3x20 MCU-based development kits are available now. The CC3220 wireless MCU LaunchPad development kit [CC3220SF-LAUNCHXL] is available now, as is the CC3120 wireless network processor BoosterPack plug-in module [CC3120BOOST].

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