Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and Texas Instruments to present webinar

Engineers designing for safety-critical applications require electronics that provide protection against both random and systemic failure, room for application differentiation, and simplified development and system certification. Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has teamed up with Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) to offer a free webinar on Tuesday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. EDT called “Innovation with Purpose: Optimal Microcontroller Solutions for Safety-Critical Applications.” To register, visit:

Jim Carver, technology director, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, will be joined by Anthony Vaughan, marketing and business development manager, TI. The two will provide a brief overview of the TI Hercules® RM4 and TMS570 ARM® Cortex™-R4F safety microcontrollers, as well as detail the integrated feature that make this product family well suited for safety critical applications. In addition, Carver and Vaughan will illustrate the performance aspects of the Hercules safety microcontrollers’ ARM Cortex-R4F floating point CPU and peripheral interfaces (e.g. USB, Ethernet, Flexray). The entire agenda can be found on the Avnet Electronics Marketing website.

“Developing products that comply with demanding safety specifications such as IEC61508 and ISO26262 requires careful component selection,” said Carver. “Our goal is to assist engineers in understanding how the features integrated into TI’s safety microcontroller portfolio provide them with the solid platform needed to accomplish these critical certifications.”

“In the safety-critical space, designers are seeking functional safety solutions to help get their latest innovations’ safety designs certified and qualified quickly,” said Vaughan. “This training will provide attendees a better understanding of how TI’s Hercules safety microcontrollers can help optimize designs and speed time to market.”

Attendee Discounts

Attendees will receive a 50 percent discount code for the following TI kits (regularly $79):

  • TMDXRM48USB Hercules USB Development Kit. Featuring an integrated XDS100v2 JTAG emulator, access to several key peripheral pins and powered by a PC’s USB port.
  • TMS570LS31x Hercules USB Stick Development Kit. Featuring an integrated XDS100v2 JTAG emulator, access to several key peripheral pins and is completely powered by a PC’s USB port.

These, and other TI kits, are available from Avnet’s e-Commerce site,