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Sensor Controller Development Guidelines

These guidelines are intended to provide a reference for all stages of development using TI wireless connectivity products with integrated Sensor Controller.

Step 0: Learn the technology

Step 1: Pick your device

Step 2: Download necessary software

Step 3: Begin software development

Step 4: Deep-dive into documentation

Step 5: Design your hardware

Also see the ‘Common Development Questions’ section at the end.

Not sure what connectivity technology to use? Check out the Wireless Connectivity Technology Selection Guide

The Sensor Controller is a small CPU core that is highly optimized for low power consumption and efficient peripheral operation. It is located in the CC26xx/CC13xx auxiliary (AUX) power/clock domain, and can perform simple background tasks autonomously and independently of the System CPU and the MCU domain power state. Such tasks include but are not limited to analog sensor polling (using the ADC or comparator), digital sensor polling (using SPI, I2C or other protocols), and capacitive sensing (using current source, comparator and time-to-digital converter). 

The Sensor Controller is user programmable, using a simple programming language with syntax similar to C. This allows for sensor polling and other tasks to be specified as sequential algorithms, rather than static configuration of complex peripheral modules, timers, DMA, register programmable state machines, event routing and so on. The main advantages are flexibility, dynamic reuse of hardware resources, ability to perform simple data processing without need for dedicated hardware, and observability/debugging options.

Step 0: Learn the technology

Step 1: Pick your device

Step 2: Download necessary software

Step 3: Begin software development

  • Out of Box Experience: Get started with the easy-to-use plug-in Ultra-Low Power (uLP Sense BoosterPack kit equipped with low power sensors to be controlled by the CC13x2/CC26x2 Sensor Controller for ultra-low power sensing.
  • Getting Started Guide: Learn how to use Sensor Controller Studio to write, test, and debug code for the CC26xx and CC13xx Sensor Controller.
  • SimpleLink Academy: Check out the SimpleLink Academy training platform for step-by-step instructions to learn about Zigbee features and how to customize your application.


Sensor Controller Fundamentals

How to use the Sensor Controller Studio and GUI tool

Project from Scratch

Create and integrate a basic Sensor Controller ADC driver with a blank TI-RTOS project

Ultra-Low Power Sensing

Use the Ultra-Low Power (ULP) Sense BoosterPack, combined with the Sensor Controller, to create low-power applications

Sensor Controller – Capacitive Touch

Accomplish capacitive sensing and evaluate the run time logging tool

Step 4: Deep-dive into documentation

Step 5: Design your hardware


Common Development Questions

  • How do I get started?

Start with the Out of Box Experience! This demo helps you learn about your LaunchPad and run your first application. After that, start to learn about the different features and software libraries we provide on SimpleLink Academy.                                                                                                                                               

  • How do I add the Sensor Controller to a new application?

Get started by referencing the Sensor Controller Project From Scratch SimpleLink Academy lab.

  • How do I flash code to my LaunchPad?

Use the CCSTUDIO IDE to build, load, and debug code. To program a binary image on a 2.4 or Sub1-GHz device, refer to either FLASH-PROGRAMMER or UNIFLASH. 

  • How do I get a schematic and layout review?

Design reviews can be requested for Sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz hardware 

  • Where do I go for help? Where can I find more FAQs?

The E2E Wireless Connectivity forum is the go-to source for help throughout every step of the design process.

E2E is a public forum with questions and answers posted by TI engineers  and knowledgeable community members to help users quickly solve their design issues. Search a few keywords to see resolved questions, or you can ask a new question!