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    Default TI MSP430 Launchpad USB Micro-controller Development Kit - $4.30

    Here is a neat dev kit for you micro-controller lovers, and the price is right -- less than five bucks.

    http://e2e.ti.com/group/msp430launchpad/w/default.aspx
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    Default Re: TI MSP430 Launchpad USB Micro-controller Development Kit - $4.30

    Yep - picked that one up a while ago - ran the demo and there it sits... one of these days...
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    Default Re: TI MSP430 Launchpad USB Micro-controller Development Kit - $4.30

    Yeap, got a couple too, now one of these days I work out what to do with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Edwards View Post
    now one of these days I work out what to do with.
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    What about connecting some RJ45s and using it as a pre-built Renard-style controller? The firmware would need to be ported, but the controller board looks like it is basically done, at a price lower than could be build DIY.

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    Default Re: TI MSP430 Launchpad USB Micro-controller Development Kit - $4.30

    FYI, the capacitive touch "boosterpack" is $4.30 now too:

    https://estore.ti.com/430BOOST-SENSE...-P2361C42.aspx
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    Default Re: TI MSP430 Launchpad USB Micro-controller Development Kit - $4.30

    Hi:
    I ordered two of the Launchpad and two of the capacitive touch boosterpack. I think they should be here any day now. They arrived at Dallas from Singapore yesterday!

    Seems like a weird way to do things, but I guess TI knows what it's doing.

    The Launchpad looks like it will be fun to play with. I've been going through some of the tutorials and programming doesn't look all that difficult. (He says with tongue in cheek and looking upward.)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdunBenhad View Post
    Hi:
    I ordered two of the Launchpad and two of the capacitive touch boosterpack. I think they should be here any day now. They arrived at Dallas from Singapore yesterday!

    Seems like a weird way to do things, but I guess TI knows what it's doing.

    The Launchpad looks like it will be fun to play with. I've been going through some of the tutorials and programming doesn't look all that difficult. (He says with tongue in cheek and looking upward.)!
    I ordered one of each last Thursday and got the touchpad today, still haven't shipped the Lauchpad:? Maybe it's because they were seperate orders, eventhough I ordered the Lauchpad first.

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    Default Re: TI MSP430 Launchpad USB Micro-controller Development Kit - $4.30

    I just ordered some too.
    I've read that they have low current output so i'll have to build a good driver circuit, but i'm pretty excited.

    plus I ordered some free samples for the better chip upgrades. you can get two of each flavor shipped to your door for free. My free samples actually showed up Monday, and my launchpad isn't here yet.

    As far as porting the software, where can I find good information on the renard protocol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phinch View Post
    I just ordered some too.
    I've read that they have low current output so i'll have to build a good driver circuit, but i'm pretty excited.

    plus I ordered some free samples for the better chip upgrades. you can get two of each flavor shipped to your door for free. My free samples actually showed up Monday, and my launchpad isn't here yet.

    As far as porting the software, where can I find good information on the renard protocol?

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    The Wiki of course! http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com...enard#Protocol

    I know when they first came out they were completely overwhelmed - I think it took almost 3 months to get my two. In fact I got an email last week or so indicating that the firmware on them needed to be upgraded... It would be neat to hear of any progress/usage of these - especially if there are any advantages over the the plethora of PIC/AVR chips. For you programmers, let us know how the IDE stuff is as well.
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    Unless things have changed, I didn't take the Launchpad further due to the lack of free tools available. The Free version is pretty limited and you need to purchase a pretty pricey compiler if you want to do anything smart.

    I haven't looked lately. Things may have changed. Hope so.
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