TI Simplifies Digital with Digital Power BoosterPack and powerSUITE

March 17, 2015 by Jeff Shepard

Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) announced that it has simplified digital power control design with the new, low-cost Digital Power BoosterPack. The BoosterPack is a plug-in daughter card for the C2000™ Piccolo™ TMS320F28069M LaunchPad development kit that makes it easy to understand digital power development using the real-time control architecture of TI's C2000 microcontrollers (MCUs). The BoosterPack is suited for digital power applications such as power conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, ac-dc power supplies, solar inverters and more. To further ease development, the BoosterPack is supported by the collection of graphical software tools in powerSUITE.

TI's new Digital Power BoosterPack offers a low-cost daughter card that, when combined with TI's F28069M LaunchPad, makes it easy to control a buck converter. Developers can leverage TI's C2000 Piccolo F2806x MCU, which integrates the C28x real-time processing core as well as sophisticated control peripherals, including tightly coupled PWMs with 150ps of resolution and ADCs with speeds up to 3.46MSPS to enable faster switching frequency power supplies. The BoosterPack also integrates TI's CSD87588N NexFETâ„¢ power block, LM5109B and UCC27424 FET drivers, and OPA353 operational amplifier, all within a small form factor. The low-power Digital Power BoosterPack operates on 18 watts, which eliminates the risk associated with developing high-voltage systems.

TI's Digital Power BoosterPack includes out-of-the-box code examples to help developers quickly jumpstart development. The BoosterPack is supported by several software tools within powerSUITE, which is available within controlSUITE™ — TI's one-stop shop for C2000 MCU documentation and code examples. powerSUITE is a collection of graphical software tools, including the Solution Adapter, Compensation Designer and the Software Frequency Response Analyzer, that enables designers to easily develop and modify their digital power applications and accelerate time to market.

These tools provide an intuitive interface to seamlessly integrate developed code into TI's Code Composer Studioâ„¢ integrated development environment (IDE): The Solution Adapter allows designers to easily modify existing code examples for custom hardware using a simple GUI instead of writing development code. The Compensation Designer enables developers to create compensators of different styles, providing a method to effortlessly tune control loops. The Software Frequency Response Analyzer enables developers to quickly measure the frequency response of digital power converter control loops implemented on a C2000 MCU.

Begin easily controlling your next digital power stage today with TI's Digital Power BoosterPack (BOOSTXL-BUCKCONV), available for MSRP $59 USD via the TI Store and authorized distributors. The compatible C2000 Piccolo F28069M LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-F28069M) is available today for MSRP $24.99. Alternatively, you can purchase the Digital Power BoosterPack bundled with the F28069M LaunchPad (LAUNCH-69M-BUCK) for $79.99.