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TI introduces new line of value chips MSP430AF

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The first chip in this line, MSP430AF0401, will be a major upgrade to the existing G value line.

TI did not provide any official documentation, but our reliable sources at TI tell us that the chip will include:


Same low price as G line chips

Increased power supply range, 1.8V to 6V, allowing it to work directly with standard TTL and HCT.

Same low power consumption as G line

16k Flash

A whopping 2k of RAM

The all new 8ch ADC16 (yes, 16 bit samples!)

Dual channel DAC16

Three timers with 4 CCRs each (finally, enough timer to do what I want!)

Timer C will be 32-bit and will have 8 CCRs (sweet!)

An improved WDT with more intervals to choose from

Two USART modules capable of SPI, I2C, UART (do I have to say more?)

TI2P module, which uses new protocol (TI Interconnect Protocol) to communicate with new line of expander chips from TI (forget about 595, 164, 165, 24LC32, etc., everything stays in the family now.) The first chip, TI2P430AF595, will be similar to 595, but will come in 20-pin package, have 16 configurable outputs (8 sources and 8 drains!) capable of directly driving 8 x 8 matrices of LEDs or displays.


There are also features which cannot be disclosed at this time, but they will sure make everybody very happy and surprised.

A new development board is also scheduled to be released, LaunchPad AF, which will come with a new version of CCS, version 5, and will be available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

The new board will cost $4.01!

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LOL is this a april fools joke?

Ha! True story. You can't believe anything you read on the internet today.


Anyway, chips capability's sound good. I've really limited my usage of MSP430, since I'm not happy with the 16k CCS limit. I'm just a hobbyist and I'm not going to spring for a full price CCS license and getting GCC working is too much of a hassle for me. I would go for a personal license on Rowley Crossworks, which I have for ARM, but even $150 is too much for me for this.

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