High temperature environments, such as those found in industrial lighting and motors, can make it difficult to design digital interfacing circuits. In these hot environments, a small error in the interface can lead to failures or intermittent errors. That means every component in the system has to be rated to work at the maximum temperature the design will experience. However, if you complicate your interface design with remote controls, remote monitoring, and low power consumption; your high temperature design becomes a very arduous task.
To make designing for a wide temperature range easier, TI has introduced the CC2540T, a cost effective Bluetooth Smart microcontroller (MCU). This Bluetooth Smart MCU is made specifically for environments between -40ºC to 125ºC. Additionally, the CC2540 allows engineers to more easily add functionality for remote monitoring and remote Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs).
The CC2540T comes with many peripherals that make it easy to interface with a wide range of digital and analog sensors. Designers will be able to develop master or slave nodes with a low Bill of Materials (BOM). The CC2540T combines an RF transceiver with an enhanced 8051 MCU, programmable flash memory and a slew of supporting features and resources to get products to market faster.
High Temperature Bluetooth Smart MCU Peripherals
The Bluetooth Smart MCU peripherals include a 12-bit analog-digital-converter (ADC). The ADC has eight channels and configurable resolutions to ensure accurate conversions of the analog measurements. The MCU also has an integrated ultra low power comparator, one 16-bit timer, two 8 bit timers, and a 32 kHz sleep timer with capture. For interfacing, the MCU has 21 General Purpose Input Output (GPIO) pins; two of which can run up to 20mA with the remainder running up to 4mA.
Also included in the CC2540T peripherals are two Universal Synchronous Asynchronous Receiver Transmitters (USARTs). The MCU supports several serial protocols, full-speed USB interface, and IR generation circuitry. The MCU also comes with an AES security coprocessor, battery monitoring, a temperature sensor, and its own unique 48-bit IEEE address.
All of these features make the CC2540T easy to interface and connect as well as reducing support circuitry, limiting the BOM, and making it easier to implement your design.
Resources to get High Temperature Bluetooth Smart Running
The Bluetooth Smart Light Development Kit will get your lighting application design up and running in no time. The kit comes with three Bluetooth Smart LED boards, three micro-USB cables, and a Quick Start Guide. The guide shows users how to power up, connect, and control the LEDs.
A color wheel program is available for download to your phone or tablet. The program lets you adjust the LED color, saturation and intensity. The user can then get creative with the Lamp Group menu. This allows users to sort lights into zones and apply different properties to each zone. For fast implementation, TI also supplies reference designs, schematics, BOMs, software files, SmartRF software, and support by IAR Embedded Workbench for the 8051 MCU.
My take: The C2540T is a great solution for projects with remote connectivity in areas that operate in conditions between -40 to 125º C. Using the Bluetooth Smart enabled MCU, designs will be able to monitor and control industrial lighting, motors and much more.