Eons ago when the MSP430 was getting a hold in the hobbyist world, the cost of the Launchpad was $4.30. This was on June 23rd, 2010 when the post – TI MSP430 Launchpad for $4.30, was published.

Although we would love that TI would carry on the tradition with the new Launchpad at $4.32, the price of $12.99 is pretty reasonable, considering the amount of board you get compared to the “A” world. It even includes an on-board emulator with EnergyTrace+ Technology, which means you can program and debug your projects without the need for additional tools, while also measuring total system energy consumption.

Board Features

  • Low-power, high performance MSP432P401R MCU
    • 48MHz 32-bit ARM Cortex M4F with Floating Point Unit and DSP acceleration
    • Power consumption: 95uA/MHz active, and 850nA RTC standby operation
    • Analog: 24Ch 14-bit differential 1MSPS SAR ADC, Two Comparators
    • Digital: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES256) Accelerator, CRC, DMA, HW MPY32
    • Memory: 256KB Flash, 64KB RAM
    • Timers: 4 x16-bit, and 2 x 32-bit
    • Communication: Up to 4 I2C, 8 SPI, 4 UART
  • 40 pin BoosterPack Connector, and support for 20 pin BoosterPacks
  • Onboard XDS-110ET emulator featuring EnergyTrace+ Technology
  • 2 buttons and 2 LEDs for User Interaction
  • Back-channel UART via USB to PC

The MSP432 allows you to get the best of both worlds – MSP430 and a Cortex M4F on a single chip. Would this make you gravitate towards the new chip more than the MSP430?  Speak your mind in the comments below.

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