Texas Instruments introduces Hercules™ LaunchPad, enabling designers to evaluate TI's Hercules MCUs' safety features for less

   Texas Instruments introduces Hercules™ LaunchPad, enabling designers to
        evaluate TI's Hercules MCUs' safety features for less than $20

Newest addition rounds out TI's LaunchPad ecosystem, providing a low-cost
development tool for every TI MCU product line

PR Newswire

DALLAS, July 24, 2013

DALLAS, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ:
TXN), welcomed the newest member to its popular microcontroller (MCU)
LaunchPad ecosystem. At $19.99, the Hercules™ LaunchPad is the lowest cost
evaluation platform for Hercules MCUs and provides an entry-level option
enabling developers to gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate the
MCUs' performance and safety features.

The TI Hercules LaunchPad is a modular, quick-launch evaluation kit that
contains the development board, USB cable and documentation. On-board
emulation and included Hercules MCU demos allow exploration of advanced safety
features integrated in Hercules MCUs. The Hercules LaunchPad is available in
two models – one based on the Hercules TMS570LS04x MCU and another based on
Hercules RM42x MCU. Dual lockstep ARM® Cortex™-R4 based Hercules MCUs are
intended for use in safety-critical automotive, industrial and medical
applications needing to adhere to industry safety standards such as ISO 26262
and IEC 61508.

The TI MCU LaunchPad ecosystem, with its MSP430™ LaunchPad, C2000™ LaunchPad,
Tiva™ C Series LaunchPad and now the new Hercules LaunchPad, offers
flexibility and expandability through many available BoosterPack expansion
boards. These BoosterPacks enable greater functionality and speed design and
exploration. Developers can get started quickly with TI's free software, tools
and documentation, as well as share project ideas and collaborate with best
practices through a large community.

Features and benefits of the Hercules LaunchPad:

  oEnables customers to evaluate Hercules MCUs designed for safety-critical
    applications related to functional safety standards, such as IEC 61508 and
    ISO 26262.
  oAllows for expansion with a 40-pin BoosterPack header that brings out MCU
    pins for design flexibility.
  oProvides footprint for an additional header to complete access to all MCU
    pins.
  oContains the development board with a features demo, USB cable and quick
    start guide to jumpstart evaluation directly out of the box.
  oPowered 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.
  oIncludes software for evaluation, including Hercules MCU safety demos with
    downloadable host graphical user interface (GUI) to select and run the
    demos.
  oProvides software drivers for demos using the Educational BoosterPack, an
    add-on module with an accelerometer, an LCD display, tri-color LEDs and
    other features to help users get familiar with the MCUs' input/output
    (I/O) interfaces.
  oSupports latest version of TI's Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio™
    integrated development environment (IDE) to ease development.
  oOffers HALCoGen for download – GUI based code generation tool that allows
    developers to jump start their code development on Hercules MCU platform.

Availability and ordering
The TI Hercules TMS570LS04 MCU LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-TMS57004) and Hercules
RM42x MCU LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-RM42) are available for $19.99 through the TI
estore. Designers can also add to their growing TI MCU LaunchPad collection
with the MSP430, C2000 and Tiva C Series LaunchPads and BoosterPacks,
available at www.ti.com/herc-launchpad-pr-lp. Once designers have
familiarized themselves with Hercules MCUs using the Hercules LaunchPad, they
can take designs to the next level with a variety of other Hercules MCU
tools.

For more information:

  oTI's MCU LaunchPads and BoosterPacks: www.ti.com/herc-launchpad-pr-lp
  oHercules MCUs: www.ti.com/herc-launchpad-pr-lp3

TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software
Leading the industry in MCUs for low-power, real-time control, safety and
connectivity and, 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™ 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, C2000, MSP430, Hercules and Code Composer Studio are trademarks of Texas
Instruments Incorporated. All other trademarks belong to their respective
owners.

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