Jun 22, 2010
Dallas, TX (June 22, 2010) – Furthering its commitment to merge 16-bit MCU performance, ultra-low power and ultra-low cost to overcome shortcomings of 8-bit MCUs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced its new MSP430™ MCU Value Line LaunchPad development kit. For $4.30, the open source kit includes all of the hardware and software needed to easily launch designs based on TI’s MSP430 Value Line MCUs, which start at 25 cents and offer up to 10X performance and 10X battery life over 8-bit MCUs. LaunchPad supports rapid prototyping and development by allowing developers to quickly drop-in MSP430 Value Line MCUs to evaluate, program or debug devices. This flexibility allows developers to remove programmed devices to be placed on a custom board, or remain plugged into LaunchPad to leverage on-board buttons, LEDs and breakout pins for external components. For more information, including multiple production-ready open source projects, please visit www.ti.com/launchpadwiki-pr.
LaunchPad is compatible across the MSP430 MCU Value Line allowing developers to adapt to evolving design requirements in fast moving markets. MSP430 LaunchPad and Value Line MCUs provide a complete development environment to enable applications including 3D glasses, gaming controls, touch sensing, smoke/fire detectors, wireless networking and more. Additionally, since all MSP430 MCUs are code compatible, solutions developed using LaunchPad can be seamlessly migrated to any other MSP430 MCU for added scalability.
Key features and benefits of MSP430 LaunchPad Development Kit
Pricing and availability
The new MSP430 MCU Value Line LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430G2) is priced at $4.30 and customers can immediately place orders at www.ti.com/launchpad-pr-es.
TI’s broad portfolio of MCUs and software
From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs, to Stellaris® Cortex™-M3-based 32-bit MCUs and high performance, real-time control TMS320C2000™ MCUs, TI offers the broadest range of microcontroller solutions. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's complete software and hardware tools, extensive third-party offerings and technical support.
Find out more about TI’s MSP430 LaunchPad development kit by visiting the links below:
· LaunchPad Wiki: www.ti.com/launchpadwiki-pr
· LaunchPad tool folder: http://www.ti.com/launchpad-pr
· MSP430 MCU Value Line: www.ti.com/launchpad_value-pr
· LaunchPad video overview: www.ti.com/launchpad-pr-v
· TI eStore: www.ti.com/launchpad-pr-es
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