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The Sidekick connecting an MSP430 G2 Launchpad to a breadboard.

Seeed, in collaboration with TI, will be releasing a new accessory to the Launchpad ecosystem. Aptly named the Sidekick, it plugs into a Launchpad on one side and a breadboard on the other. This setup allows you to prototype a design using a breadboard, instead of purchasing or designing a BoosterPack.

The Sidekick comes with 10 Energia examples. The biggest pros of the design is that it supports both 20 and 40 pin Launchpads and is independent of the Launchpad type(Tiva-C, MSP430 or C2000). It allows you to jump swiftly from one design to another. The kit also comes with loose components including a breadboard to accelerate your design ideas.

Ship Date

The Expected ship date for the kit is December 15, 2015 with a price of $29.99. This brings the release date in line with holiday shopping. Both Digikey and Mouser are expected to stock the Sidekick.

Bundled With

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The Sidekick kit contents.

  • 1 x Breadboard
  • 5 x Green LED
  • 5 x Red LED
  • 1 x RGB Common Anode LED
  • 10 x Ceramic Capacitor 10nF
  • 10 x Ceramic Capacitor 100nF
  • 5 x Aluminum capacitor 100uF
  • 10 x Resistor 330R
  • 10 x Resistor 1K
  • 10 x Resistor 10K
  • 1 x Tilt switch
  • 1 x Thermistor
  • 1 x Photoresistor
  • 1 x Diode
  • 1 x Buzzer
  • 5 x Button
  • 5 x Switch
  • 2 x Potentiometer with knob
  • 5 x Breadboard jumper wire – long
  • 20 x Breadboard jumper wire – short
  • 1 x 7 segment display
  • 1 x Small DC motor
  • 1 x TI 8-bit shift register (SN74HC595N)
  • 1 x TI Analog Temperature Sensor (LM19CIZ/NOPB)
  • 1 x TI NPN transistor (LP395Z/NOPB)
  • 1 x TI NPN transistor (PN2222/NOPB)
  • 1 x Breadboard BoosterPack Adapter PCB
  • 1 x Label for components
  • 1 x Sidekick basic for LaunchPad Manual

Should You Buy It?

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Absolutely! Especially if you are new to electronics or the Launchpad ecosystem or if you are a tinkerer  . If you are a parent or a teacher, this is a perfect gift for kids trying to get into electronics. Note that this is a plugin to the Launchpad and the Launchpad is a separate purchase. Any of the Launchpads on this page will work with the Sidekick.

 Links

  • Seeed page : Buy
  • Energia Sidekick page
  • TI Launchpad landing page