Doug Claflin and team have created a new USB two SPI bridge which comes complete with its own bootstrap loader and provides a low-cost hardware and software second source for the TI eZ430-RF2500 emulator.
Checkout the video below to learn more about the pocket sized USB-SPI Bridge which is taken to Kickstarter to raise the $8000 it requires to go into productionAnd offers a great Internet of Things device.
Why are we doing this. The truth is that we got tired of trying to get the eZ430-RF2500 emulator from TI. Because the emulator is bundled, the emulator is very expensive. TI is acting like they want to drop the eZ430-RF2500 emulator entirely. Heck, TI is not even consistent with the emulator’s name. The new TI emulator does not support the eZ430-RF2500 at all. This is a problem for us, since we use the eZ430-RF2500 for projects. We noticed that other engineers are facing the same problem.
We want a second source for the eZ4300-RF emulator and could not find one. Our goal is provide an alternative source for the eZ430-RF emulator for ourselves and others.
TI’s eZ430-RF2500 kit is an excellent way to explore the Internet of Things. The eZ430-RF2500 kit provides a gateway to develop your own wireless controlled devices such as a robots, furnace control, sprinkler control system, remote landscaping lights etc. eZ430-RF2500 is a cheaper and more compact way to make wireless devices than you can with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi systems. The entire TI eZ430-RF2500T target board is physically smaller than the CPU chip on the Arduino board. The Raspberry PI boards are about 4x bigger than the TI eZ430-rf2500T target board The small size is possible because many control tools such as timers, and A/D converters are integrated into the TI MSP430 micro controller used on the target board.
For more information on the new USB-SPI Bridge jump over to the Kickstarter website for details by following the link below.
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