#### Potato Pudding

Joined Jun 11, 2010
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Has anyone had much or any experience with these micros from Texas Instruments?

Would the Launchpad and a handful of the micros be worth my time?

I am looking at their wiki and will probably download the free development software.

#### retched

Joined Dec 5, 2009
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Like every other micro, TI's can do quite a bit.
The MSP430 is there "launch" into the entrylevel uC world.

It has many cool option, onboard temp sensor, ADC, blah blah.

There is no where near as much to help you with TI uC's as, say, AMTEL or PIC...
BUT, they are quite nice. I like them. They are small, power conscious and powerful.

Not to mention, the development board is about the price of a standard uC, and the launchpad comes with 2. One with ADC one without.

#### Potato Pudding

Joined Jun 11, 2010
688
I will admit that it was the price that caught my attention.

I thought they must not be real micros and it must not be a real dev board.

But I looked and it seemed to have the juice.

#### retched

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Oh, they have the juice.

They are actually quite impressive.

They are losing money on this one, but they are trying to grab the hobbiest market.

#### wannaBinventor

Joined Apr 8, 2010
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Oh, they have the juice.

They are actually quite impressive.

They are losing money on this one, but they are trying to grab the hobbiest market.

#### retched

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Well, you will have to do a lot more "creating" with the 430. If you want to build with a PIC, the chances are, there is already a blogger or site that shows schematic and code of a finished product.

Not so much with the 430. BUT, its on its way.

#### retched

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Yup. Its the 'ol:
"Get the 430 for \$4.30 deal"

#### mushin123

Joined Aug 28, 2010
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LaunchPad has the budget processor and is a great way to get started. I am personally using a more advanced board with the 5XX series MCU:

http://www.bipom.com/products/us/3164630.html

I can program it using USB or RS232.