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Energia, something between TI Launchpad series and Arduino/Wiring

Energia, something between TI Launchpad series and Arduino/Wiring

http://energia.nu/ is awebsite that bring Energia, a Wiring/Arduino IDE fork designed to ease the Ti Launchpad series integration into the maker/hobbyist world.

In conjuction with the low price of the Launchpads and the growing number of the Boosterpacks I think that TI hits it big!

Energia, between TI Launchpad and Arduino

Energia, between TI Launchpad and Arduino

Right now it supports the following LaunchPads: LaunchPad MSP430G (MSP430G2231, MSP430G2452 and MSP430G2553), FRAM Launchpad aka. FraunchPad (MSP-EXP430FR5739), Stellaris LaunchPad (EK-LM4F120XL ).

No C2000 for now.

The Energia Support Forum is hosted on 43oh.comhttp://forum.43oh.com/forum/28-energia/

Hardware support page: https://github.com/energia/Energia/wiki/Hardware

MSP-FET430UIF

The MSP-FET430UIF is a USB debugging interface used to program and debug the MSP430 through the JTAG interface or Through the 2-wire Spy Bi-Wire protocol. No external power is required.

Features:MSP-FET430UIF

  • Software configurable supply voltage between 1.8 and 3.6 volts at 100mA
  • Supports JTAG Security Fuse blow to protect code
  • Supports all MSP430 boards with JTAG header
  • Supports both JTAG and Spy-Bi-Wire (2-wire JTAG) debug protocols

TI Product Folder: http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-fet430uif

One of the best things is that it supports the whole range of MSP430. If you are new to MSP430 you can grab one bundled with a Target Board. TI’s Target Boards are using a very good quality ZIF socket (TSSOP, QFN, LQFP, SOIC, SSOP, … ), direct access to all chip pins, some quick configuration jumpers and a JTAG Cable Header.

MSP430 Buglist can be found here http://www.ti.com/sc/cgi-bin/buglist.cgi

The TI Engineer to Engineer (E2E) community can be found here:  http://e2e.ti.com/

The quest for low-power devices: 2012

TI creates a new low power (lower! as if the old MSP430 wasn’t already a true low power mcu) mcu product line.  The announced power reduction is @50% with new “Wolverine” MCU platform.

– Active power as low as 100 µA/MHz
– <400 nA standby with RTC and brown-out protection
– 250× less energy per bit with FRAM
– < 7 µs to wake to active from standby

The announced “Wolverine” keeps as many peripherals as can be in a “retention” mode using a power gating controller. Only the needed modules are fully powered, the idle ones are in “retention” mode.

The FRAM unified memory architecture can also lower all the memory power requirements.

It looks like one of the big energy efficient boards but at a nano-scale.

The announced voltages are 0.9v(GO, TI, GO!), 1.8v, 3.3v and 5v.

Product line page: http://www.ti.com/ww/en/mcu/wolverine/

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