FAQ

General
What is the TI University Program?
Why should I register for the TI University Program?
How do I begin the evaluation process for a new course?
Can you recommend any textbooks or teaching material for my course?
Are there online training materials available?
Are there tool discounts or academic pricing available for educators?
Where do I go for technical support for a Texas Instruments product?
I wish to establish or upgrade an Analog or Embedded Processing lab in my University. What should I do?
How can I get free samples of TI parts?
I ordered some samples, but I did not receive them. Can you help?
I have questions about TI’s portfolio of products/tools/software?
How do I receive other TI technical literature?
Where does the TI University Program ship to?

Code Composer Studio for Academics FAQ
What is Code Composer Studio IDE?
Does TI offer Code Composer Studio IDE free to students?
Does TI offer Code Composer Studio IDE free to academic instructors?
Which version of Code Composer Studio do I need?
Can I upgrade from CCSv4.x to CCSv5.x?
The TI University Program just emailed a CCS License to me, what now?
What if I have more questions regarding CCS?

 

General

What is the TI University Program?
The TI University Program is a worldwide program dedicated to facilitating the inclusion of TI's Analog & Embedded Processing portfolio into academic projects and course curricula. We support educators, researchers and students with integrating TI technology into course curricula, senior design and research projects. Over 4,000 labs in universities worldwide have chosen TI DSP, MCU, and Analog technology to meet their needs of providing hands-on learning and enabling project capabilities to their students and researchers. Professors, lecturers and post-graduate students can register with the University Program to keep up to date and fully engage the benefits offered by the program.


Why should I register for the TI University Program?
Registration for the program offers many benefits, including the opportunity to subscribe to the quarterly University Program newsletter, preferred pricing on tools and evaluation modules specifically for academic users, access to TI's online support, information on trainings and workshops and other useful materials to get you ramped up with TI.


How do I begin the evaluation process for a new course?
Multiple resources are available under the Educator section of our University Program website. There you can find information on the latest recommended tools for your course, including textbooks and other teaching material that makes it easy to incorporate TI into your curriculum. Links to courses and course material by professors already using TI is also available.


Can you recommend any textbooks or teaching material for my course?
Absolutely. We have an entire page dedicated to teaching materials and textbooks organized by topic as well as technology. You can find all this and more, including brochures and selections guides in our Teaching Materials section of our website.


Are there online training materials available?
Yes, online training material can be found in our Teaching Materials section of our website. There you will find training materials, some written by professors, as well as customer training pertinent to educators and students. In addition, you have the ability to access TI's online training portal here.


Are there tool discounts or academic pricing available for educators?
Yes. Information on obtaining an academic discount, in addition to recommendations on tools for educators, can be found in the Educator Tools section of our website.


Where do I go for technical support for a Texas Instruments product?
TI provides a full range of support options on our Design Support website. Educators are encouraged to post their technical questions to TI's E2E Community, where you are able to interact with TI engineers and other experts and ask questions, share knowledge, explore ideas and help solve problems.


I wish to establish or upgrade an Analog or Embedded Processing lab in my University. What should I do?
Please contact us via the appropriate regional University Program representative and we’ll be happy to help you! We also encourage you to look through our website to understand the many benefits the TI University Program can offer you and to familiarize yourself with our recommended Teaching Materials, Tools, Training, & Support.


How can I get free samples of TI parts?
The TI Sample Program allows students to order free limited sample quantities for more than 39,000 unique devices. Choose from more than 4,000 evaluation modules across analog, microcontroller, ARM and DSP technologies. Order your software and semiconductor sample for student design projects or hands-on course learning.


I ordered some samples, but I did not receive them. Can you help?
Be sure you used a valid email address and include your school name as the company name to avoid the abuse filter and to ensure your order is approved. Please note that TI is not able to ship all samples to every country. Export regulations, prohibitive taxes or tariffs, and availability of delivery service can limit where TI can send samples. These restrictions are primarily built into the sample request process on www.ti.com. If you enter a request that cannot be delivered, TI will send a cancellation confirmation email message to you. If you still have problems, please contact us via the appropriate regional University Program representative and we’ll be happy to help you.


I have questions about TI’s portfolio of products/tools/software:
See TI’s portfolio of recommended Teaching Tools to understand which technologies would best meet your teaching needs.  We offer a broad range of tools and software across Analog, Digital Signal Processing, Microcontrollers, Microprocessors, and Wireless Connectivity. Still have questions?  Post a question to our Community Forum or contact us via the appropriate regional University Program representative and we’ll be happy to help you.


How do I receive other TI technical literature?
TI publishes over 15 different technical newsletters from Wireless Connectivity, Analog, DSP, Embedded ARM, etc. To sign up, please create/log-in to you’re my.TI account and update your Newsletter preferences.


Where does the TI University Program ship to?
The TI University Program is fully owned and operated by TI as a whole and we are subject to the same governmental regulations as the overall larger company is. TI is not able to ship products to every country. Export regulations, prohibitive taxes or tariffs, and availability of delivery service can limit where TI can send samples. These restrictions are primarily built into the sample request process on www.ti.com. If you enter a request that cannot be delivered, TI will send a cancellation confirmation email message to you.

Code Composer Studio for Academics FAQ

What is Code Composer Studio IDE?
Code Composer Studio™ (CCStudio or "CCS") is the integrated development environment (IDE) software for TI's embedded processor families.  One installation of CCStudio covers all our Microcontrollers, DSP and application processors. It comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications.  It includes compilers, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, simulators, real-time operating system and many other features.  It's all you need to program hundreds of TI hardware platforms.


Does TI offer Code Composer Studio IDE free to students?
Yes! Download CCStudio from the web and choose either CCSv5.x or CCSv4.x. You will be able to generate one of the time limited, Full Featured Evaluation Licenses the first time you run CCS. CCSv5 gives 90 days with the option of extending an additional 90 days at the end of this trial period – typically long enough to complete a semester or project. If students need free CCS longer than 180 days, please contact your academic instructor. Another option for MSP430 users is the Code Size Limited version. When you install and run the first time, choose the 16KB free code size limited license. With the code size limited license you can use all of the features of CCS, without expiration. You can create production code but the object code size will be limited to a particular amount.  Download CCStudio from the web


Does TI offer Code Composer Studio IDE free to academic instructors?
Yes! The TI University Program offers multiple options to meet your needs:

  • Free Teaching Lab Licenses of CCS to qualified academic instructors. Typically this comes in the form of a 100 seat floating license format for installation on your university's server. The license is perpetual in time period and like all CCS license, you will register it for your 12 month subscription for major updates. After a year period, should a new major version of CCStudio be released, you can contact the TI University Program for a new copy.
  • Discounts and Donations of Single Node Locked versions of CCS for use as an instructor, lab assistant or student/researcher projects longer than 180 days. An instructor should contact the TI University Program for a license of TMDSCCS-ALLN01
  • Note for Bundle Licenses (Free Limited License): TI and third parties include a free version of CCS with many of our community boards, DSKs and EVM (Evaluation Module) kits. We recommend that instructors contact the TI University Program for full versions to install in labs or for projects in the two options above rather than use the limited versions.

These options are currently available for CCSv5 with an option to choose CCSv4 upon installation if preferred.

Please contact your regional university program manager to request a discount or donation.


Which version of Code Composer Studio do I need?
CCSv5.x is ready for those instructors ready to install it. In particular, if you are using the latest MSP430 GRACE tools, using C6EZFlo software tools or DSP multi-core environments, or if your teaching materials are not dependent on an older revision, TI recommends that you install the latest version of CCS5.x. For more details regarding CCSv5.x versus CCSv4.x, please see the wiki page and presentation online.

If your teaching examples are running well in CCS4.x we offer and support this version as well. During your download and installation process, just scroll down to the "Download latest production CCSv4 DVD image" on the CCS download wiki page. If you are still in need of CCSv3.3, the TI University Program may have the option to ship a DVD to you.


Can I upgrade from CCSv4.x to CCSv5.x?
Yes! CCS comes with 12 months of subscription.  This is in no way related to your license to use CCS.  If you have a CCS license there is no time limit on how long you can use it.  Subscription is used to determine if you receive major upgrades (v5, v6...) for free. If you have a 100 seat floating teaching lab license of CCS4.x and would like a new CCS5.x, please contact your regional university program manager to request an updated version.

If you have a single user version of CCS4.x, go to www.ti.com/myregisteredsoftware to update.

If you have CCSv3.3, please contact us.


The TI University Program just emailed a CCS License to me, what now?
Next steps:

  1. Activate the software license following the instructions on the word doc provided to you this will put the license file on your PC
  2. Go download the CCS you want from this page and install the one you want. Note you have to scroll down for CCSv4.x options
  3. Run – when asks for a license – give it your license
  4. If you are installing a Teaching Lab 100 seat floating license, there is an extra step to activate the license server on the network. If you have set up flex licensing before, it's straight forward, otherwise go to this help page for License Server Admins
  5. If you have downloaded CCSv5.x in error and you would rather have CCSv4.x, go back to download step 2 and re-download v4.


What if I have more questions regarding CCS?
Please see the addition resources listed below:


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