To help explore infinite design possibilities with TI Sitara™ ARM® Processors, Texas Instruments has created the Sitara ARM Processors Boot Camp. This modular training series for TI’s Sitara ARM Processors is based on the latest development kits from TI and provides in-depth technical discussion and hands-on exercises for all aspects of the solution; from architecture to peripherals to software and development environments.
These videos provide understanding of the fundamental functions used for rapid prototyping on TI solutions with minimal or no programming, including the following:
- Implementing necessary prototyping functions such clocks/GPIO, Read A/D, I2C/SMBus, etc.
- Seamless interface of various analog EVMs for customer “proof of concept”
- Standalone UI – Button, (GP Input - GPIO), LCD Display (“Hello”), Music, Serial Interface (Putty, Echo)
Ultrasonic sensing techniques have been popular in smart water meters because the technology avoids any moving parts which are prone to degrade over the lifetime of the product. The MSP430FR6047 microcontroller (MCU) family takes ultrasonic sensing solutions to next level of performance delivering <25ps of accuracy, detection of low flow rates <1 liter/hour and high precision of <5ps.
Simple functions such as timer replacement, input/output expanders, system reset controllers and stand-alone EEPROM are common on PCBs. Low-cost, ultra-low-power MSP430™ value line microcontrollers (MCUs) offer cost savings when replacing digital and analog functions in a system. Watch this series to see how MSP430 MCUs can be used to enhance communication, pulse width modulation, systems and housekeeping, and timer functions in your next design.
The TI-RSLK is a low-cost robotics kit and classroom curriculum which provides students with a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work. Developed with university faculty, Jon Valvano of UT Austin, the TI-RSLK is designed to supplement university curriculum.
The purpose of this module is to learn software development methodology and understand how to set up an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), to then import and export Code Composer Studio (CCS) projects, as well as critical debugging information to understand the memory usage and performance of the software on the processor.
The purpose of this course is to review basic electronic components and the electrical properties needed to interface sensors and actuators to a microcontroller. You will learn how to measure reactance of a capacitor and use your project to measure current and voltage. The electrical properties of the capacitor will help you design circuits that “filter” or remove noise from your robot.
This module serves as a brief introduction to the ARM Cortex-M microcontroller, assembly programming language and some debugging techniques. Understanding how the processor works is essential for the design of embedded systems, such as the one used in your robot.
This module is an introduction to C, a general-purpose programming language, in addition to the concepts of compiling and debugging using the MSP432 and TI Code Composer Studio™. Debugging skills are a valuable tool when developing complex systems involved with robotics.
The purpose of this module is to learn how to power your robot. To run the robot (motor and other systems) you will need batteries and a regulator to provide constant voltage. Understanding the relationship between voltage current and power is an essential component of robot system design.
In this module, you will interface a line sensor (infra-red sensor) to the microcontroller and learn how to write software to initialize GPIO pins. The line sensor is a simple and accurate sensor for solving robotic challenges.
This module will demonstrate how to use finite state machines as a central controller for the system.
The purpose of this module is to develop interface switches and an LED so the robot can effectively detect wall collisions. Many sensors and actuators deploy LEDs, so understanding how they operate will be important to building your robot.
In this module, you will learn the fundamentals of SysTick timers and pulse width modulators (PWM), including how to measure pulse times and period with a logic analyzer and amplitude with an oscilloscope. It is important to understand the concept of PWM as we will use it to adjust power to the motors.
This module provides an intro to how flash memory operates, including debugging techniques for real-time systems and how to generate periodic interrupts using SysTick. Minimally intrusive debugging is essential for real-time systems to evaluate performance while the system runs in real-life situations.
This module will show you how to display characters and provide real-time debugging on an LCD screen. An LCD on your robot provides a convenient way to observe what it is thinking.
The purpose of this lab is to interface the motors to the TI LaunchPad to make the robot move. Understanding how duty cycle, voltage and current combine to affect speed is required when building your robot.
This module demonstrates how to use priority interrupts for creating real-time systems. As your robot system becomes more complex, period interrupts are one way to combine multiple threads onto one microcontroller.
This module will teach you how to interface the infrared distance sensors using the analog-to-digital converter. IR distance sensors are an essential component for solving robot challenges where avoiding walls is necessary to achieve the goal.