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Offline superUnknown

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TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
« on: September 14, 2013, 12:25:56 am »
 

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Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
« Reply #2 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?

 

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Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
« Reply #3 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...
 

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Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
« Reply #5 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.
 

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Re: TI's latest dirt cheap MCU eval board
« Reply #6 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.
 


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