New $39 Piccolo™ USB tools jumpstart 32-bit real-time control development
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New $39 Piccolo™ USB tools jumpstart 32-bit real-time control development

HOUSTON (December 15, 2008) – Helping designers bring 32-bit real-time control to cost sensitive applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced two new USB-based tools for Piccolo™ 32-bit TMS320F2802x microcontrollers (MCU). The new evaluation and development tools make it easier for designers to evaluate Piccolo MCUs and develop more energy-efficient, real-time control applications such as solar power micro-inverters, LED lighting, white goods appliances and hybrid automotive batteries ( In addition, the first Piccolo-based devices, the F2802x series, are now available for sampling (

Piccolo controlSTICK key features

Piccolo USB Experimenter’s Kit key features

Real-time control drives energy efficiency across many applications

Pricing, availability, tools and support
The $39 Piccolo controlSTICK offers example projects that walk through Piccolo MCUs’ advanced functionality, from simply blinking an LED to configuring the high resolution ePWM peripherals. The $79 Piccolo Experimenter’s Kit offers the next step in development by allowing designers to prototype and develop full Piccolo MCU-based projects quickly and easily. The first F2802x Piccolo MCUs, TMX320F28027PTA and TMX320F28023DAA, are available for sampling and scale from 40 to 60 MHz variations with up to 64 KB Flash memory, 12-bit ADC, ePWM and various peripherals. Future Piccolo MCUs such as the F2803x series will offer increased performance and memory sizes as well as additional peripherals and features such as the programmable, floating point control law accelerator (CLA).

Find out more about TI’s Piccolo MCUs and tools by visiting the links below:

  • controlSTICK:
  • Tools and training:
  • Piccolo home page:
  • Piccolo technical brief:
  • Piccolo product bulletin:
  • TI microcontrollers:
  • TI E2E Community and support:
  • Videos:
  • Graphics:

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