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TI unrolls target boards for portable designs

Posted: 15 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? target board? MSP430? TI? MSP-Mojo?

Targeting designers of portable, battery-powered applications, Texas Instruments has launched its new T2012 and the MSP-Mojo target boards for TI's eZ430 development tool.

In a USB stick form factor, the eZ430 evaluation and development tool allows users to evaluate the MSP430 MCU architecture in minutes and also gives experienced developers all the resources they need to complete an entire MSP430F20xx project from start to finish.

At $10 for a pack of three target boards, the T2012 features the MSP430F2012 ultralow power MCU with an integrated high performance 200KSps, 10bit ADC.

Precision signal filtering
The T2012 target board comes on the heels of the recently introduced MSP-Mojo from TI third party, Quickfilter Technologies. The MSP-Mojo target board features a 512 tap embedded single-channel precision digital filter chip, the QF1D512 Simple and Versatile FIR engine (SavFIRe). The FIR engine allows MSP430 MCU developers to perform precision digital filtering for applications that include vibration monitoring, audio filtering and medical patient monitoring. The MSP-Mojo target board features the QF1D512 SavFIRe chip acting as a filter co-processor that offloads the filtering task from the MSP430 MCU and increases available bandwidth of the signal source.

The MSP-Mojo target board is available through authorized distributors for $39.95.

Self-powered
The eZ430 development tool connects to a standard PC USB port and is self-powered, requiring no extra cables or power supplies. Contained within the USB stick is an emulation interface board and an easily removable MSP430F2013 target board that can be replaced with the new T2012 target board or when digital filtering is a requirement, the MSP-Mojo board.

The T2012 target board is available immediately for $10 (three target boards included) from the TI e-store. The $20 eZ430 development tool, required to use the T2012 target board, is also available from the TI e-store.

The eZ430 tool includes a free IAR Kick Start Embedded Workbench IDE containing a debugger, assembler and C compiler. To jump-start new projects, users can tap into more than 100 free C and assembler source code examples that are available from TI's Website.

- Marty Gold
eeProductCenter




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