Texas Instruments announced 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. 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.
Features and benefits of ULP Advisor software code analysis tool:
- 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 Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE) v5 and included in the latest version of IAR Embedded Workbench.