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I've been thinking of doing a MSP430 Launchpad starter kit that would provide all of the essential parts that are normally required or used. I'm thinking it would cost no more than $19.99 (Hopefully even less!) shipped... All parts are through hole. Tell me what you think.

 

The starter kit is becoming more of a reality. The price for the kit is $34.99 (Shipping terms to be announced) and includes the following:

 

Prototyping:

Half Breadboard (400 tie points)

70 jumper wires

17 compartment case

 

Toys:

1x 16x2 character display (Or perhaps sugaraddicts graphic LCD)

1x Micro servo

1x Piezo Buzzer

1x Photosensor (LDR)

 

Electronics:

10x 100 ohm 1/4 watt resistors

10x 470 ohm 1/4 watt resistors

10x 1K ohm 1/4 watt resistors

10x 4.7K ohm 1/4 watt resistors

10x 10K ohm 1/4 watt resistors

10x 47K ohm 1/4 watt resistors

10x 100K ohm 1/4 watt resistors

1x Potentiometer

 

5x 1uF Radial Electrolytic Capacitors

5x 10uF Radial Electrolytic Capacitors

5x 100uF Radial Electrolytic Capacitors

 

5x 22pF Ceramic disk capacitors

10x 0.1uF Ceramic disk capacitors

 

5x 1N4004 Rectifier diodes

 

1x Through hole 32Khz crystal

 

10x Red 5mm LEDs

10x Green 5mm LEDs

10x Yellow 5mm LEDs

1x 7 Segment Display

1x IR and photo-transistor pair

 

10x 2N3904 NPN Transistors

5x 2N3906 PNP Transistors

 

2x 74HC959 Shift registers

1x ULN2803A Transistor Array

1x 3.3V LDO Voltage regulator

 

5x tactile switches

1x Mini slide switch

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3 variable regulators (or that have fixed 3.3v or 5v options) might be better.

Lose the servo and the transistor array, they are the most expensive parts.

 

Is it all throughhole or smd parts?

 

And consider, running a msp430 at 3.5v would allow the outputs to be 3.3v under minimal (<1ma) loads, and 3v at 6ma loads. You can drive a blue led without need for a transistor at that point (which is why variable regulatr is better)

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I've been thinking of doing a MSP430 Launchpad starter kit that would provide all of the essential parts that are normally required or used. I'm thinking it would cost no more than $19.99 (Hopefully even less!) shipped... All parts are through hole. Tell me what you think.

 

As someone who purchased his first launchpad in the past month and is just getting into mucking with this stuff...I'd gladly pay 25$ or so for such a kit and would probably order 2 of them. :-)

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Add 56-120ohm resistors, 1uF electrolytic caps, and small signal diodes, 1N4148. Also, 1N4004 would be more useful and cost the same as 4001. Hookup/jumper wires would make a nice addition too.

There are 2 places you will be able to get all of those parts (or most of them) for under $25 (including shipping,) Futurlec and Tayda Electronics.

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