On Saturday, gatesphere posted a code on the Four-Three-Oh! forums for a free TI eZ430-F2013 USB stick style development board (+s/h). Well, since “free” translates roughly to: “You must order this,” and I am liking the MSP430 line anyway, I went ahead and ordered.
Since I was paying for shipping anyway ($5-6 for FedEx 2-day, not bad!), I went ahead and ordered a set of three extra target boards ($10), and three more LaunchPads. Sadly, the LaunchPads are backordered.
The other items, however, arrived this morning! I like the LaunchPad a bit better due to the buttons and LEDs, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for the eZ430-F2013. The target boards have a breakout for all 14 pins and an LED that seems to be permanently tied to a pin.
Who knows? This may eventually be the target for my electricity usage sensor. It could, at least, be a handy portable test platform to carry outside with my netbook. Or, maybe a simple little logic analyzer?