DALLAS, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today,
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)
announced another ultra-low-power industry first with the
ULP Advisor software code analysis tool, teaching
developers how to create the most energy-efficient,
ultra-low-power applications with TI's MSP430
microcontrollers - and helping make the world greener
one design at a time. Created by MSP430
microcontroller experts, the ULP Advisor tool is the
first, true software-based, power-optimization teaching
tool for microcontrollers that brings together decades of
MSP430 microcontroller and ultra-low-power development
experience. The ULP Advisor tool provides a static code
analyzer that flags software code and offers
ultra-low-power tips and tricks to help developers
understand where to improve code, line by line, resulting
in milliamps and nanoamps saved in designs for ultimate
low-power performance. This hands-on teaching tool not
only helps developers optimize current application code
to achieve longer battery life, it also helps them avoid
the same types of ultra-low-power pitfalls when designing
future applications, making it an essential development
tool for any MSP430-based project. For more information,
"Developing the industry's lowest power
microcontroller with the 'Wolverine'
MSP430 microcontroller platform wasn't enough for
us," said Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager, MSP430
microcontrollers, TI. "It's important to
us to help guide those using our devices through
ultra-low-power development and ensure they are equipped
to develop the most power-efficient designs. Our
robust software offering, including the ULP Advisor code
analysis tool, is a very important piece of development.
'Those who can't do, teach,' is a popular,
yet outdated adage. Today, TI is proving that those
who can do, also teach and create a new generation of
experts around them."
Features and benefits of ULP Advisor software code
Checks code against a thorough specification list of
"ultra-low-power best practices," flagging
and itemizing each "ultra-low-power rule
violation" via a graphical user interface.
Highlights areas of improvement and provides
comprehensive resources on how to optimize applications
for ultra-low power.
Interactive, community-focused wiki offers
information specific to each ultra-low-power rule, code
examples, videos, tutorials, links to relevant
technical documentation and promotes collaboration
between experts and beginners where anyone can
contribute ultra-low-power insight.
Free software tool that supports all MSP430 devices and
applications - integrated into TI's Eclipse-based
Composer Studio integrated development environment
(IDE) v5 and included in the latest version of IAR
Pricing and availability
ULP Advisor software is available today and is included
in the latest install of Code Composer Studio IDE version
5.2. Download it here for free.
The ULP Advisor tool joins the other helpful MSP430
microcontroller software tools, including Grace
graphical peripheral configuration software and MSP430Ware,
which can also be accessed through TI's Code
Composer Studio IDE v5. Also available in the
latest version of IAR Embedded Workbench for third party
IDE support at www.ti.com/ulpadvisor-msp430ware-pr-sw.
A standalone version is coming soon to support other
compilers or IDEs such as open-source MSPGCC.
For more information:
TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and
From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs, to
Stellaris® Cortex-M MCUs to real-time control C2000
MCUs, and Hercules safety MCUs, TI offers the broadest
range of microcontroller solutions. Designers can
accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's
complete software and hardware tools, extensive
third-party offerings and technical support.
About Texas Instruments
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customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it
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fun. Our commitment to building a better future is
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MSP430, ULP Advisor, Grace and Code Composer Studio are
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SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated