Merge the worlds of wired and wireless connectivity with sensors

28th November 2017
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Merge the worlds of wired and wireless connectivity with sensors

 

Making it easier for developers to connect sensors from a gateway to the cloud, Texas Instruments has introduced Ethernet connectivity to the SimpleLink microcontroller (MCU) platform, a single hardware, software and tool platform for wired and wireless MCUs.

The new SimpleLink MSP432 Ethernet MCUs are based on a high performance 120MHz Arm Cortex-M4F core with an integrated MAC and PHY, helping accelerate time to market for grid infrastructure and industrial automation gateway applications.

Key features and benefits of SimpleLink Ethernet MCUs

  • Highly integrated wired MCU: Developers can reduce design time and simplify board layout with new MSP432E411Y MCUs, which integrate an Ethernet MAC and PHY, USB, Controller Area Network (CAN) and advanced cryptography accelerators.
  • Seamless, connected gateways: Engineers can now combine wired communications with the SimpleLink MSP432 host MCUs through integrated serial interfaces with wireless connectivity technology such as Sub-1GHz, WiFi and Bluetooth to connect end nodes to the cloud using the SimpleLink Software Development Kit (SDK).
  • 100% application code compatibility: As part of the industry’s broadest portfolio of wired and wireless Arm MCUs, developers can use the same code base when designing end nodes and intelligent gateways using the new SimpleLink Ethernet MCUs for the grid, factories and buildings.

Designers can create a wireless sensor network using SimpleLink wireless MCUs by connecting as many as 50 secure sensor nodes to a gateway. The gateway, based on the SimpleLink Ethernet MSP432E4 MCUs, acts as a centralised management console to process and aggregate data and deliver it to the cloud via Ethernet for additional data analysis, visualisation and storage.

Companies developing these types of gateways can interface with existing wired installations while adding the latest wireless connectivity technologies.

For example, a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system can leverage other SimpleLink MCUs such as the Sub-1GHz CC1310 wireless MCU and MSP432P4 host MCU to form a network of air-quality sensors and wired dampers to connect to an Ethernet-enabled HVAC system controller and then to the cloud.

Users can then access real time data to monitor and manage their energy profile.

Learn more about the possibilities for HVAC systems and other applications in the whitepaper attached below.

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