Texas Instruments Hercules TMS470M, TMS570, RM4x Safety Microcontrollers

Texas Instruments launched their new Hercules safety microcontrollers. The new platform consists of the TMS470M, TMS570 and RM4x ARM Cortex-based microcontroller families. The new TI microcontrollers are designed specifically for IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 safety critical applications. The MCUs are ideal for medical, industrial and transportation applications. Hercules microcontrollers are available now for order. Prices range from $5 – $30 USD each (in 10K unit quantities).

Hercules RM4x MCU Family Features

  • Up to 220 MHz, ARM Cortex-R4F CPU
  • Lock-Step CPUs with fail safe detection logic
  • Up to 3 MB of Embedded Flash Memory with ECC
  • Ethernet, USB, CAN Network Interfaces
  • Dual 12-bit ADC, 16 shared channels
  • Timer Co-Processer for PWM and input capture
  • Package options: 144 QFP and 337 BGA
  • Supports single and double precision floating-point math
  • Capable of achieving International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 SIL-3 safety standard

Hercules TMS570 MCU Family Features

  • Up to 180 MHz, ARM Cortex-R4F CPU
  • Lock-Step CPUs with fail safe detection logic
  • Up to 3 MB of Embedded Flash Memory with ECC
  • Dual 12-bit ADC, 8 redundant channels
  • Ethernet, FlexRay, CAN, LIN, Multi-Buffered SPIs, and DMA
  • Timer Co-Processer for PWM and input capture
  • Package options: 144 QFP and 337 BGA
  • Supports single and double precision floating-point math
  • Capable of achieving ISO 26262 ASIL-D and IEC 61508 SIL-3 safety standards and is AEC-Q100 qualified
  • Operation up to 125 degrees Celsius

Hercules TMS470M MCU Family Features

  • Up to 80-MHz ARM Cortex-M3 CPU
  • Built-In Self Test for CPU and RAM
  • Up to 640 KB Flash / 64 KB RAM with ECC protection and EEPROM emulation
  • Single 3.3-V supply (Vreg on-chip)
  • 2 CAN, 2 MibSPIs, 2 LIN/UART
  • Timer Co-Processer for PWM and input capture
  • 10-bit analog/digital converter
  • AEC-Q100 qualified for IEC 61508 system safety requirements
  • Local Interconnect Network (LIN) and CAN support common transportation networking

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