Friday 25 February 2011

TI's MPS430 LaunchPad

I was forced by curiosity to try these microcontrollers. Since I'm using mainly AVRs in my projects, I was searching for points where this microcontroller can be better. I just read the datasheet and here are the interesting bits:
  • Power consumption - really really small, specialy in deep-sleep modes
  • 16bit core.. that's it.. 16×16bit hardware multiplier as peripheral
  • nice architecture with 16 16bit registers (12 general purporse registers), orthogonal instruction set
  • Vcc and GND pins on the top of PDIP.. easier routing of power wires on the PCBs
  • simple DMA controller!
  • proprietary 2 wire programming
  • bunch of standard peripheral, USARTs, I2C, SPI, PWM, ADC, DAC... depends on chip type
The price is low also. The main issue is, that it's not easily and cheaply obtainable here in Czech Republic.. I hope that this become better in a time.

1 comment:

  1. I think DMA & HW Multiplier are not supported on lauchpad