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    Kit Overview


    The TMS570LS31x Hercules Development Kit (TMDX570LS31HDKTMDX570LS31HDK) is ideal for getting started on development with the Hercules platform of safety microcontrollers. The HDK is based on the Texas Instruments TMS570LS3137 Microcontroller. The TMS570LS31 HDK is a table top card that allows engineers and software developers to evaluate certain characteristics of the TMS570LS3137 microcontroller to determine if the microcontroller meets the designer’s application requirements as well as begin early application development. Evaluators can create software to execute on board or expand the system in a variety of ways.


    The kit is comprised of a development board, a DC power supply, a mini-B USB cable, an Ethernet cable and a software installation DVD that includes Code Composer Studio IDE, HALCoGen, nowFlash, HET IDE, demo software and code examples. The development board features an on board XDS100v2 JTAG emulator along with access to the MCU’s communication interfaces and all peripheral pins.


    The HDK is designed to work with TI’s Code Composer Studio and other third party ARM IDEs. The IDE communicates with the board through the embedded emulator or an external JTAG emulator. To start, follow the instructions in the Quick Start Guide to install Hercules-specific software. This process will install all of the necessary development tools, documentation and drivers.


    The TMS570LS3137 device integrates the ARM Cortex-R4F Floating-Point CPU which offers an efficient 1.66 DMIPS/MHz, and has configurations which can run up to 180 MHz, providing up to 298 DMIPS. The device supports the word-invariant big-endian [BE32] format. The TMS570LS3137 device has 3MB of integrated flash and 256KB of data RAM with single-bit error correction and double-bit error detection. The flash memory on this device is a nonvolatile, electrically erasable and programmable memory implemented with a 64-bit-wide data bus interface. The flash operates on a 3.3-V supply input (same level as I/O supply) for all read, program and erase operations. When in pipeline mode, the flash operates with a system clock frequency of up to 180 MHz. The SRAM supports single-cycle read and write accesses in byte, halfword, word and double-word modes.


    Key Applications: Braking Systems (Antilock Brake Systems and Electronic Stability Control), Electric Power Steering, HEV and EV Inverter Systems, Battery Management Systems, Active Driver Assistance Systems, Aerospace and Avionics, Railway Communications, Off-road Vehicles

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    Development Tools


    Software Development Tools:


    Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
    IDETexas InstrumentsCode Composer Studio (CCStudio)TI ARM MCUsCCStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for TI embedded   processor families. CCStudio comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes   compilers for each of TI's device families, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, simulators,   real-time operating system and many other features. Learn More
    IDEARMDS-5ARM Cortex™-A  / Cortex™-R / ARM9™ / ARM11™

    The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool enable developers to get the best from their ARM technology-based systems. Whether implementing an ARM processor-based SoC or writing software for an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP), ARM tools enable you to deliver the best solution with the highest performance and lowest power. Learn More



    Hardware Development Tools:


    Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
    Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsARMDSTRM-KT-0181ADSTRM-KT-0181AARM7 / ARM9 / ARM11 / Cortex-A / Cortex-R / Cortex-MDSTREAM Debug and Trace Unit
    Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsSeggerJ-LinkJ-LinkARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™JTAG/SWD Emulator with USB interface
    ProgrammerSeggerFlasher ARMFlasher ARMARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™Flash Programmer for ARM and Cortex cores



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    Technical Documents

    Learning Center


    User GuideTexas Instruments: User Guide for TMS570LS31x Hercules Development Kit (HDK)

    Texas Instruments: Datasheet for TMS570LS3137 16- and 32-Bit RISC Flash Microcontroller (Rev. B)

    Product BriefTexas Instruments: Product Brief on Hercules Safety Microcontrollers
    Selection Guide

    Texas Instruments: Selection Guide for Hercules TMS570 ARM Cortex-R4 Safety Microcontrollers

    Application NoteTexas Instruments: Application Note for Interfacing the Embedded 12-Bit ADC in a TMS570LS31x/21x and RM4x Series MCUs
    Design Elements


    SchematicsTexas Instruments: Schematic file for TMS570LS31x Hercules Development Kit (HDK)
    LayoutTexas Instruments: Layout file for TMS570LS31x Hercules Development Kit (HDK)
    CAD ModelTexas Instruments: CAD Model for TMS570LS31x Hercules Development Kit (Allegro Capture Symbols)
    CAD ModelTexas Instruments: CAD Model for TMS570LS3137
    Simulation ModelTexas Instruments: BSDL Model for TMS570LS3137


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    Kit Features


    • A Hercules TMS570LS3137 337-pin BGA microcontroller
    • Integrated USB JTAG Emulator (XDS100V2XDS100V2)
    • External JTAG Headers ( ARM® 20 pin and TI Compact 20-pin CTI)
    • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface
    • Two CAN transceivers (SN65HVDA541Q1) and screw terminal blocks
    • One ambient light sensor
    • One ambient temperature sensor
    • Microcontroller’s serial communication interface (SCI) universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) accessible through a USB virtual COM port
    • One 8MB SDRAM
    • Eight user programmable white LEDs around the MCU silicon
    • One user programmable pushbutton
    • Three expansion connectors for hardware prototyping
    • Reset pushbuttons (nPORRST and nRST)
    • One SD card slot (SPI mode)
    • Embedded trace macrocell (ETM) debug interface via MIPI connector
    • Configurable pin mux options
    • 5 V and 3.3 V analog-to-digital converter (ADC) option jumper
    • Current measurement capability for 3.3 V IO, 1.2 V core, 1.2 V core, 1.2 V PLL, 3.3 V or 5 V ADC, and 3.3 V VCCP
    • Accepts an external power supply between +5V and +12V


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    Kit Contents


    The Texas Instruments TMDX570LS31HDKTMDX570LS31HDK Development Kit supplied with below contents:

    • Board
      • TMS570LS31 Card
    • Cables and Accessories
      • 12 V power supply with power adapters for US, or Europe
      • Type A to mini B USB cable for using on board XDS100V2XDS100V2 JTAG emulator
      • Ethernet cable
      • Flashlight for light sensor demo
    • CCS DVD Containing:
    • Hercules DVD Containing:
      • Hercules Safety Demos
      • Hardware Abstraction Layer Code Generator (HALCoGen)
      • Training Videos
      • Device Documentation
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