Affordable high-performance digital control design

Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Affordable high-performance digital control design

On the fifth anniversary of its first LaunchPad development kit, Texas Instruments announced the low-cost C2000 Delfino F28377S MCU LaunchPad Dev Kit, the first LaunchPad for the Delfino line of MCUs. Based on TI’s C2000 Delfino F28377S MCU, the LaunchPad offers 200MHz of 32-bit floating-point performance, newly integrated accelerators, as well as high-integrity analogue and control peripherals for $29.99. 

The LaunchPad is compatible with the Digital Power BoosterPack and Motor Drive BoosterPack and offers a variety of software support to further ease development. The Delfino LaunchPad dramatically reduces the barriers of entry for development of high-performance control systems in digital power, solar, motor control and industrial drives applications.

The C2000 Delfino F28377S MCU LaunchPad is based on TI’s 32-bit TMS320F28377S MCU, which brings a new level of performance to TI’s LaunchPad ecosystem. The new LaunchPad provides higher performance levels than existing C2000 LaunchPads with the powerful combination of the C28x core and CLA real-time co-processor, providing 400MIPS of floating-point performance. The MCU is further accelerated by the trigonometric math unit, which enables the chip to quickly execute trigonometric-based algorithms used in transform and control functions, and a Viterbi Complex Unit (VCU II), which accelerates power line communications algorithms and complex math operations. The MCU also integrates sophisticated analogue and control peripherals, including a more flexible PWM architecture, two ADCs supported in 12-bit mode on the LaunchPad, six delta-sigma sinc filters, four windowed comparators and many other control and communications peripherals.

The C2000 Delfino F28377S MCU LaunchPad pairs with the Digital Power BoosterPack and the Motor Drive BoosterPack to help designers jump start digital power and motor control development with the F28377S MCU. The LaunchPad is supported by powerSUITE in the controlSUITE software tool, which provides centralised software development with examples, header files, application files and more. Designers also have access to a complimentary download of Code Composer Studio IDE, an intuitive programming interface and debugging tool and TI-RTOS, which supports development of multitasking applications. Altair’s model-based simulation tool provides further support for TI’s C2000 F28377S MCU in the VisSim software tool.

The compatible Digital Power BoosterPack (BOOSTXL-BUCKCONV) is available for MSRP $59, and the Motor Drive BoosterPack (BOOSTXL-DRV8301) is available for MSRP $49. These boards are available through the TI Store and authorised distributors. Alternatively, customers can purchase the LaunchPad bundled with the Digital Power BoosterPack (LAUNCH-XS-BUCKCONV) for MSRP $83.99, or the LaunchPad bundled with the Motor Drive BoosterPack (LAUNCH-XS-DRV8301) for MSRP $78.99 from the TI Store.

To further ease development, customers can access controlSUITE, Energia, TI-RTOS and Code Composer Studio IDE free from the TI website. The C2000 Delfino F28377S MCU is now sampling. The company will also provide designers with more variants in this generation with different memory and peripheral mixes in the TMS32028376S, TMS320F28375S and TMS320F28374S configurations, which will start at $11.34 in 1,000 unit orders.

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