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    StefanoDS got a reaction from bluehash in Ambiq: game changer in Ultra Low Power?   
    These scores suggest a real >2x performance breakthrough in low power consumption from Ambiq Micro's Apollo device:
     
    http://www.eembc.org/ulpbench/index.php
     
    I wonder if this technology is really ready for prime time and how the current industry leaders (TI, STM etc...) will respond/react... What do you think?
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    StefanoDS got a reaction from tripwire in Ambiq: game changer in Ultra Low Power?   
    These scores suggest a real >2x performance breakthrough in low power consumption from Ambiq Micro's Apollo device:
     
    http://www.eembc.org/ulpbench/index.php
     
    I wonder if this technology is really ready for prime time and how the current industry leaders (TI, STM etc...) will respond/react... What do you think?
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    StefanoDS got a reaction from veryalive in MSP-FET MSP430 Flash Emulation Tool 60% Off with coupon   
    Great tool, I bought it last year through a similar deal. I wish SanTI Claus would come up with something for Code Composer Studio. Perhaps a mini-licence to board-unlock all the Launchpads to their full potential with this FET. It breaks my heart to say this, because I love TI's tools and the 430, but STM really has delivered a breakthrough: the UNLIMITED Keil MDK for free for all their M0/M0+ dev boards (including the ultra-cheap Nucleos). It's true we have unlimited GNU compilers (they do too) but argueably one of the most professionally used IDEs/compilers for a more capable (not necessarily better) core at zero cost is something that really makes me scratch my head. Perhaps we could discuss this in the IDE/compilers or other MCU section. I know CCS is worth all its money, but some of us simply can't justify it at this point for non commercial use.
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    StefanoDS got a reaction from chicken in MSP-FET MSP430 Flash Emulation Tool 60% Off with coupon   
    Great tool, I bought it last year through a similar deal. I wish SanTI Claus would come up with something for Code Composer Studio. Perhaps a mini-licence to board-unlock all the Launchpads to their full potential with this FET. It breaks my heart to say this, because I love TI's tools and the 430, but STM really has delivered a breakthrough: the UNLIMITED Keil MDK for free for all their M0/M0+ dev boards (including the ultra-cheap Nucleos). It's true we have unlimited GNU compilers (they do too) but argueably one of the most professionally used IDEs/compilers for a more capable (not necessarily better) core at zero cost is something that really makes me scratch my head. Perhaps we could discuss this in the IDE/compilers or other MCU section. I know CCS is worth all its money, but some of us simply can't justify it at this point for non commercial use.
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    StefanoDS got a reaction from tripwire in MSP-FET MSP430 Flash Emulation Tool 60% Off with coupon   
    Great tool, I bought it last year through a similar deal. I wish SanTI Claus would come up with something for Code Composer Studio. Perhaps a mini-licence to board-unlock all the Launchpads to their full potential with this FET. It breaks my heart to say this, because I love TI's tools and the 430, but STM really has delivered a breakthrough: the UNLIMITED Keil MDK for free for all their M0/M0+ dev boards (including the ultra-cheap Nucleos). It's true we have unlimited GNU compilers (they do too) but argueably one of the most professionally used IDEs/compilers for a more capable (not necessarily better) core at zero cost is something that really makes me scratch my head. Perhaps we could discuss this in the IDE/compilers or other MCU section. I know CCS is worth all its money, but some of us simply can't justify it at this point for non commercial use.
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    StefanoDS reacted to spirilis in Strategic advice for MSP presentation   
    Energia does allow the user to handle low power modes gracefully now, but you are right that libraries don't necessarily take advantage of that- it's the user's responsibility.
     
    Sent from my Galaxy Note II with Tapatalk 4
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    StefanoDS reacted to jpnorair in Strategic advice for MSP presentation   
    The normal Arduino and Energia libraries do nothing for low power modes, but this is changing fast with Energia-MT.  It is not complete yet, really, but it is the shape of things to come as far as Wiring is concerned.  With multi-threading, the RTOS can manage the low power mode of the MCU.
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    StefanoDS reacted to Rei Vilo in Strategic advice for MSP presentation   
    For Arduino users, moving to the LaunchPad is virtually painless and the LaunchPad uses the same IDE based on the same Wiring / Arduino framework and derived from the same Processing IDE. The name of the Wiring / Arduino compatible IDE is Energia.
     
    Now, the cool thing is you can use this Wiring / Arduino framework with CCS. CCS is based on Eclipse and offers powerful tools, of which the debugger. There's also CCS Cloud which works very well, with everything online. See https://dev.ti.com
     
    I wouldn't promote the plain MSP430G2 LaunchPad, but the MPS430F5529 and MSP432 instead, as they provide faster MCUs and more memory. The MSP432 is a Cortex-M4F MCU.
     
    Now, I'm still using the MSP430G2553 in DIP20 form-factor for my smart sensors: very easy to use and to program. See smartColours, smartLED and smartMeter.
     
    Last but not least, the LaunchPads are very affordable, around 13
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    StefanoDS reacted to jpnorair in Strategic advice for MSP presentation   
    I would focus mainly on the Launchpad devices and the good integration Launchpad has with CCS.  IMO Launchpad is a much better tool for going from novice to professional than Arduino is.  That is something you can discuss.
     
    You can also mention than MSP432 has familiar peripherals to MSP430, so going to ARM CM3/4 in the future is something the Launchpad/Energia community can do easily (and already has), whereas in Arduino-Land the transition to ARM never really happened.  It seems like Arduino-Land is stuck in 8 bit AVR forever.
     
    Lastly, I have made many presentations to engineers.  I would say, over a hundred.  Be nice.  Nobody wants to hear that their chosen platform is dead and is a piece of junk, even if it is.  So you should acknowledge the strengths of Arduino, but then try to pick a few areas where Launchpad/Energia is just must better, and talk about them.
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    StefanoDS got a reaction from spirilis in Hi from Rome, Italy   
    Hello everyone,
     
    another TI user, this time from the eternal city...
     
    I have a bunch of MCU boards and a Tiva but I can't stop loving the 430s...
     
    Thanks for all the information and help you're handing out!
     
    Stefano
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