element14 Pty Ltd is introducing two low cost evaluation platforms from Texas Instruments to help developers assess the performance and safety features of TI Hercules Safety MCUs.
element14 will stock the two new Hercules LaunchPad development kits, which will enable design engineers to explore the TI Hercules Safety MCUs and evaluate the MCUs’ safety features specifically around the IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 functional safety standards.
The development kits deliver scalable performance, connectivity, memory and safety features for the TMS570 and RM4x series of ARM Cortex-based MCUs.
The quick-launch evaluation kit contains the development board, USB cable and documentation. On-board emulation and Hercules Safety MCU demos allow for exploration of advanced safety features. The kit also contains a BoosterPack expansion header and additional footprint for MCU pin access.
Powered by USB, the board integrates an on-board XDS100v2 JTAG emulator, LED lights, a light sensor and SCI to PC serial communication port for design flexibility. Software for evaluation including Hercules MCU safety demos with downloadable host GUI is also provided.
According to David Shen, Group CTO at element14, the TI MCU LaunchPads are hugely popular on the element14 community and provide design engineers an easy route to start designing new applications. The new evaluation kits expand the LaunchPad platform into Hercules Safety MCUs that target a wide variety of applications in medical, industrial automation and automotive segments.
Dev Pradhan, Hercules Safety MCU Product Line Manager at Texas Instruments (TI) adds that the flexibility of the boards gives design engineers greater functionality, helps speed up the design process and allows them to explore the potential of TI’s Hercules Safety MCUs.
The low cost platforms for the TI Hercules Safety MCUs are available through Newark element14 in North America LaunchXL-RM42 and LaunchXL-TMS57004, Farnell element14 in Europe LaunchXL-RM42 and LaunchXL-TMS57004, and element14 in Asia Pacific LaunchXL-RM42 and LaunchXL-TMS57004.