MCU DevKit secures your connection to the cloud

9th September 2015
Posted By : Nat Bowers
MCU DevKit secures your connection to the cloud


Addressing the critical need for security in the IoT, Texas Instruments announces the TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad DevKit to speed design of 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 DevKit offers a fully available 120MHz ARM Cortex-M4F core with security functions offloaded to hardware accelerators to provide 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, which 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 IDE, an intuitive programming interface and debugging tool.

The TM4C Crypto Connected LaunchPad provides a low-cost, encryption enabled and easy-to-use evaluation platform. The TI LaunchPad Development Ecosystem offers 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 AES, DES, SHA and CRC accelerators to increase performance in secure connected applications. Additionally, WolfSSL library utilises 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 WiFi connectivity using the low-power SimpleLink WiFi 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 now available for $24.99 through the TI Store and authorised distributors. Find compatible BoosterPacks for the LaunchPad on TI’s BoosterPack page. TivaWare software and TI’s Code Composer Studio IDE are available for immediate download. Developers can access the TI Design Network, as well as find training and support on the TI E2E community.


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