Performance, efficiency, flexibility and protection—these are the attributes paramount to power electronics technologies, such as motor control, digital power, renewable energies, lighting, and electrical vehicles. Backed by 15 years of working with customers developing these realtime control applications, TI’s TMS320C2000 microcontroller (MCU) platform enables developers to cost-efficiently meet all of the key criteria while also differentiating their designs. This paper provides an overview of what it takes to do real-time control, also highlighting why some MCUs on the market fall short.