$4.30 Embedded Development kit for hobbyist, thanks to TI

$4.30 Embedded Development kit for hobbyist, thanks to TI


Today I bumped into TI’s website about their recently released embedded development kit targeted towards hobbyists. It is called the LaunchPad. The kit is priced at only $4.30 and TI’s store will ship it free if ordered from there. You can also order it from their distribution partners, but with shipping cost. However, one of the distribution partner, Arrow Electronics is offering free shipping till the end of July for any orders. So you can order it there as well for free shipping. Here are the few features of the microcontrollers that comes with the kit.

Features

  • Low Supply Voltage Range 1.8 V to 3.6 V
  • Ultralow Power Consumption
    • Active Mode: 220 µA at 1 MHz, 2.2 V
    • Standby Mode: 0.5 µA
    • Off Mode (RAM Retention): 0.1 µA
  • Five Power-Saving Modes
  • Ultrafast Wake-Up From Standby Mode in Less Than 1 µs
  • 16-Bit RISC Architecture, 62.5 ns Instruction Cycle Time
  • Basic Clock Module Configurations:
    • Internal Frequencies up to 16 MHz With One Calibrated Frequency
    • Internal Very Low Power LF Oscillator
    • 32-kHz Crystal
    • External Digital Clock Source
  • 16-Bit Timer_A With Two Capture/Compare Registers
  • Universal Serial Interface (USI) Supporting SPI and I2C (See Table 1)
  • Brownout Detector
  • 10-Bit 200-ksps A/D Converter With Internal Reference, Sample-and-Hold,
    and Autoscan (See Table 1)
  • Serial Onboard Programming, No External Programming Voltage Needed
    Programmable Code Protection by Security Fuse
  • On-Chip Emulation Logic With Spy-Bi-Wire Interface

The kit comes with the followings:

  • LaunchPad Development board (MSP-EXP430G2)
  • Mini USB cable
  • 2x MSP430 flash devices
    • MSP430G2211IN14 flash device
    • MSP430G2231IN14 flash device (preloaded with sample program)
  • 10-pin PCB Connectors (2 male & 2 female)
  • 32kHz crystal
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 2x LaunchPad stickersI believe it will be quite popular in the hobbiest community for the low price of the microcontrollers (around $2.17 for retail) and low power usage of the chips. I saw a demo video where they were powering up the microcontroller and a LCD display using only 3 pieces of grapes, potatos, kiwis etc.

For more information please visit their wiki site at: http://www.ti.com/launchpadwiki

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