Texas instruments had a plethora of interesting devices on display at its Maker Faire booth, including all kinds of devices designed to plug into each other to allow for quick prototyping.
You can probably spot LED strip controllers, motor controllers, LCD screens that my have also been touch sensitive, and Launchpads. Adrian Fernandez, manager of the Microcontroller Customer Experience team at Texas Instruments, took a few moments to tell me about why the Launchpad is so great, and, frankly, I'm sold. At only $12.99 with native HID and mass storage support, this might be perfect for a typical project of mine.
The specs on the Launchpad aren't anything to be ignored either:
- MSP 430
- 128k flash
- 10k RAM
- 25 Mhz
- Integrated USB
Of course, that is just the smallest and cheapest in the Launchpad line. They go upwards from there in terms of power, space, and expandability.
When asked why TI cares so much about the maker movement, Adrian had the following to say:
Its pretty obvious, I think, when you come to events like Maker Faire. We're at a time where makers are becoming manufacturers, and TI wants to help facilitate that migration path as seamlessly as possible. We can do that with low-cost hardware, and we can do that with open-source hardware.