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MCU dev kit secures IoT connection to cloud

Posted: 15 Sep 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments  IoT  cloud  MCU  development kit 

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced the TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad development kit to expedite the design of Internet of Things (IoT) gateways and nodes, factory control and automation systems, grid infrastructure, alternative energy and industrial applications. Based on TI's TM4C129ENCPDT MCUs, the low-cost TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad development kit boasts a fully available 120MHz ARM Cortex-M4F core with security functions offloaded to hardware accelerators to offer the performance needed for customers developing applications requiring a secure cloud connection.

The out-of-box demo for the Crypto Connected LaunchPad (EK-TM4C129EXL) includes TI-RTOS that supports development of multitasking applications to help customers develop products requiring an easy and secure Internet connection to the cloud. Pair the TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad with WolfSSL software to quickly send encrypted data over on-board Ethernet and view in your browser. Designers also have access to a complimentary download of TI's Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE), an intuitive programming interface and debugging tool.

TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad

The TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad claims to provide a low-cost, encryption enabled and easy-to-use evaluation platform. The TI LaunchPad Development Ecosystem flaunts the hardware, software and community components needed to enable quick and easy design. TI's BoosterPack plug-in daughter boards add functionality to explore different applications.

Advanced security features for data encryption and decryption include on-board Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Data Encryption Standard (DES), Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) and Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) accelerators to increase performance in secure connected applications. Additionally, WolfSSL library uses these crypto hardware accelerators to allow a secure SSL/TLS connection with the cloud server.

Extensive communication options include abundant sensor connectivity peripherals, 10/100 Ethernet MAC & PHY, full- and low-speed USB 2.0 port with in-circuit and external debug connectors, as well as the option to add Wi-Fi connectivity using the low-power SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 BoosterPack.

Comprehensive suite of software tools designed to simplify and speed development including TivaWare and TI-RTOS-based out-of-box demo for a secure IoT cloud connection.

The TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad (EK-TM4C129EXL) is available for $24.99.

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