MSP430

4/30 for MSP430

TI announces some limited quantity MSP430 development kits in the TI eStore, the deal lasts 430 minutes and starts at 10AM UTC (4/30 2013).

eZ430-Chronos – $50     $58.00

MSP-FET430U128 – $150     $175.00

MSP-FET430U100B – $130     $175.00

MSP-FET430U100C – $130     $175.00

International shipping included.

TI’s marketing hits again!

2.7 inch E-Paper Display Module by EmbeddedArtists

Embedded Artists brings a compact E-Paper Display module based on the 2.7″ and 264 x 176 (117 dpi) resolution  Pervasive Dispalys Inc. panel

Intended as a development tool, the module can easily be used in many projects due to his low price (29€).

Some Specs:

  • a-Si, active matrix TFT, Electronic Paper Display (EPD) panel
  • 264×176 pixels @ 117dpi resolution
  • Ultra low power consumption – due to its bi-stable nature, the EPD panel requires very little power to update the display and needs no power to maintain an image
  • near 180°  viewing angle
  • No backlight – display useful in daylight applications
  • SPI interface + control signals, incl a PWM signal
  • Module supply voltage: 3.3V, the display is supplied with 3.0V via on-board LDO
  • View area: 57.3 × 38.2 mm
  • Operating temperature: 0 to +50 degrees Celsius
  • No of colors: 2 – B&W
  • Standard 14 pos serial expansion connector interface (2×7 shrouded pin header, 50/100 mil spacing)
  • 60 x 74 mm module size
  • 3.2 mm mounting holes in 52 x 66.3 mm pattern

And some E-Paper Links:

http://www.pervasivedisplays.com/products/panels

http://www.embeddedartists.com/products/displays/lcd_27_epaper.php  the  29€ board

http://repaper.org/tools.html   Arduino, Launchpad, aLaMode compatible

http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/eink-display-shield-p-1374.html?cPath=132_134 a $49.90 Arduino Shield

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10150   E-Paper 10×2 Character Display

http://wyolum.com/re-paper-experiments/ aLaMode producer experiments with E-Paper modules

http://www.eink.com/modules.html some e-ink/e-paper info

http://www.renesasinteractive.com/file.php/1/CoursePDFs/DevCon_On-the-Road/DevCon_OnSite/HMI/Driving%20E%20Ink%20Displays.pdf    Renesas – Driving E Ink Dispalys PDF – download link

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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