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Title: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: superUnknown on September 14, 2013, 12:25:56 am
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Swdcv1FfsdI/UjHzMxsF5WI/AAAAAAAAAgQ/xxrc8m2TgzU/s640/430F5529.bmp)

Couple of links if you're curious:
It's got a lot of bang for thirteen bucks! (http://www.arduinoforgoodnotevil.blogspot.ca/2013/09/tis-arduino-killer-mega-vs-msp430f5529.html)
TI's product page (http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430f5529lp)
Title: Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: JoeO on September 14, 2013, 02:35:35 am
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Swdcv1FfsdI/UjHzMxsF5WI/AAAAAAAAAgQ/xxrc8m2TgzU/s640/430F5529.bmp)

Couple of links if you're curious:
It's got a lot of bang for thirteen bucks! (http://www.arduinoforgoodnotevil.blogspot.ca/2013/09/tis-arduino-killer-mega-vs-msp430f5529.html)
TI's product page (http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430f5529lp)
Out of stock!
Title: Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: superUnknown on September 14, 2013, 02:43:37 am
Very good.

The best one yet for price/speed/ability is still the STM32F4-Discovery. Mine runs at upto 240MHz - hard to beat for just over £10.


$16 from Mouser? ($38 from Element 14?! Ben Heck shows ain't worth it!) Dirt cheap for the features, to be sure. Easy IDE, libraries and examples?

Title: Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: westfw on September 14, 2013, 05:24:35 am
If you're wondering, like I was, where the USB connector for the target processor is...
The "top half" of the board includes a USB HUB chip.  So both the target cpu and the easyFET chip are accessed via the same connector!

I guess that's nice...
Title: Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: dannyf on September 14, 2013, 11:29:07 am
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Easy IDE, libraries and examples?

It is highly subjective if an IDE is easy or not; and what's easy to me isn't necessarily easy to you, and vice versa. Both keil and IAR are very easy to use in my view for example.

As to libraries: 1) you can always roll your own; and 2) the ST library is very flexible and fairly proven at this point;

Examples? There are tons of them.

Yes, the STM32F4 boards are tough to beat in terms of performance / price.
Title: Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: alm on September 14, 2013, 11:43:05 am
The MSP430 is a 16-bit micro. They're not trying to compete on performance. Performance is irrelevant for many embedded applications, which could easily be handled with an 8-bit micro running at a few MHz.
Title: Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
Post by: mrflibble on September 14, 2013, 02:41:57 pm
As already stated, they are not really trying to compete. The above MSP430 is nice for low power applications, the STM32F4 is nice for when you need higher performance.