Beginning

 

Its another friday and this week I am pleased to report the event-free delivery of the kit. The contents have been explained in the past but every box is a new surprise and hence here I present my unboxing video.

 

The Video

https://youtu.be/WHAoN0gPrjs

 

A few words

 

The MSP432 Launchpad features an ARM cortex M4F and has DSP acceleration capabilities. 

In addition to the Pinout Diagram that comes with the board, here is one more I found on the internet. Lots of ADC pins and a powerful M4F means its begging for some DSP like stuff to happen.

The analog channels are speced as:

 

Analog: 24Ch 14-bit differential 1MSPS SAR ADC, Two Comparators

and 

 

Digital: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES256) Accelerator, CRC, DMA, HW MPY32

 

This CRC block will come in handy if you plan to implement something of a communications protocol.

 

Additionally, there are Up to 4 I2C, 8 SPI, 4 UART which means it can talk to all of your peripherals though the diagrams indicate less. It will be interesting to implement some examples on this project that talks over multiple comms.

 

Included in the box was a DLP NFC booster pack which I don’t plan on using BUT the accompanying tag was really nice to see. I might do a smaller sub project with it if time permits. 

 

Next up is the Sharp LCD booster pack and the Cap Sense Booster


 

The Capsense Booster will come in handy for doing UIs but taking a look at the wiki links, I realised that the Sharp LCD booster has a Capsense Slider as well. The CapSense came with a micro controller and demo code and if you have a launchpad you can try it out instantaneously.

 

A few months ago, I made a econopad which can be downloaded here https://github.com/inderpreet/MSP430EconoPad

There was a blog post on the subject at https://www.element14.com/community/community/designcenter/ti_launchpad/blog/2016/03/17/ti-econo-launchpad-for-diy-people

 

What Next?

TI just released some awesome stuff at ew17 and I am busy working on some more tutorials before I start writing up the actual project. Its always better to have your ducks in a line and in the next two posts, I am exploring some other issues.

 

Many thanks to Randall Sir for the quick communication and feedback. Its much appreciated.

 

As always, for all the blogs for this Project, use the tag safety_jacket or click here https://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/texas-instruments-safe-sound-wearables-design-challenge/…

 

Thanks for reading.