Jumpstart and explore sensor fusion applications with new Sensor Hub BoosterPack from Texas Instruments

     Jumpstart and explore sensor fusion applications with new Sensor Hub
                      BoosterPack from Texas Instruments

Seven on-board motion and environmental sensors enable applications ranging
from GPS tracking, home and building automation, and portable consumer
electronics

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding its low-cost
microcontroller (MCU) development ecosystem with sensor fusion technology,
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced the Sensor
Hub BoosterPack for the Tiva™ C Series TM4C123G LaunchPad at DESIGN West 2013.
This new Sensor Hub BoosterPack (BOOSTXL-SENSHUB) is a cost-effective, plug-in
daughter card that allows ARM® Cortex™-M4 MCU developers to create products
with up to seven types of motion and environmental sensing capabilities. This
easy-to-use BoosterPack and accompanying TivaWare™ software enables
measurement of pressure, humidity, ambient and infrared (IR) light along with
temperature and motion (including acceleration, orientation and compass).
Developers can use the BOOSTXL-SENSHUB board to create many sensor fusion
applications, including global positioning system (GPS) tracking, home and
building automation, portable consumer electronics, games and many more
applications.

The BOOSTXL-SENSHUB BoosterPack can leverage the advanced processing,
floating-point and communication capabilities of TI's Tiva C Series TM4C123GH6
ARM Cortex-M4 MCU for enhanced sensor accuracy. TI's TivaWare software,
provided with the LaunchPad kit, includes an easy-to-use Sensor Driver
Library, providing developers with a sensor fusion API and several example
applications that demonstrate how each of the sensors operate individually or
in collaboration. The 'Air Mouse' is an example of a sensor fusion application
that can be used to kick start design ideas and innovation for other
multi-sensor applications. The BOOSTXL-SENSHUB can also be bundled with TI's
connectivity solutions, enabling developers to "cut the cords" and create
wireless sensing applications.

Similarly, TivaWare software also includes the Peripheral Driver Library to
configure and operate the on-chip peripherals with a set of example
applications. These applications demonstrate the capabilities of the Tiva
TM4C123GH6 MCU, as well as provide a starting point for users to develop the
final application for use on the Tiva C Series LaunchPad and BOOSTXL-SENSHUB
BoosterPack

Features and benefits of the BOOSTXL-SENSHUB kit:

  oHardware compatible with existing MSP430™ (MSP-EXP430G2) and C2000™
    (LAUNCHXL-F28027) LaunchPads, allowing developers to evaluate sensor
    functionalities on TI-developed MCU platforms.
  oOptional RF extension module (EM) adaptor enables Bluetooth®, ZigBee®,
    Wi-Fi and 6LoWPAN connectivity for wireless and remote sensing
    applications.
  oTI's TMP006 contactless IR temperature sensor provides accurate
    temperature measurements for the object it sees.
  oIncludes BoosterPack XL connection standard with two pairs of 10-pin
    headers for LaunchPad interface and additional Tiva C Series-based
    expansion signals.
  oVariety of tool chains supported, including TI's Code Composer Studio v.6,
    so developers can design in the most integrated development environment
    (IDE) with which they are most comfortable.

Pricing and availability
Developers can immediately order the TI Sensor Hub BoosterPack
(BOOSTXL-SENSHUB) for USD $49.99 from TI's eStore or authorized distributors.
For a limited time only, an exclusive bundle for the Tiva C Series TM4C123G
LaunchPad and Sensor Hub BoosterPack is available for the promotional price of
USD $49.99 (regular price: USD $59.99) on the eStore only.

Find out more about TI's Tiva ARM MCUs, LaunchPad ecosystem and software:

  oTI's low-cost and easy-to-use MCU LaunchPad ecosystem:
    www.ti.com/launchpad
  oCheck out the Sensor Hub BoosterPack video: www.ti.com/shbp-pr-vid
  oAsk questions and help solve problems in the Tiva C Series forum on the
    TI E2E™ Community: www.ti.com/shbp-pr-e2e
  oTI eStore: www.ti.com/estore
  oMake the Switch to TI MCUs: www.ti.com/maketheswitch
  oFollow TI MCUs on Facebook: www.facebook.com/timicrocontrollers

TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software
Leading the industry in MCUs for low-power, real-time control, safety and
connectivity, TI continues its 20+ years of microcontroller innovation to
offer the broadest microcontroller portfolio in the industry: Ultra-low-power
MSP MCUs, real-time control C2000™ MCUs, Tiva™ ARM^® MCUs and Hercules™
Safety ARM MCUs. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's
tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network
offerings and technical support.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and
manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By
employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the
future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the
future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

Trademarks
Tiva, TivaWare, MSP430, C2000 and Hercules are trademarks of Texas Instruments
Incorporated. All registered trademarks and other trademarks belong to their
respective owners.

SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated

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