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TJ McDermott
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Re: Low Cost AND Modularity; Good Job, Freescale !
TJ McDermott   10/12/2011 6:56:32 AM
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The low cost of their offering makes it easily possible to literally play with the systems.  This is just plain cool!

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Re: Low Cost AND Modularity; Good Job, Freescale !
Jon Titus   10/11/2011 6:13:01 PM
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Hi, Jim.  Cypress takes the plug-in approach with its PSoC products and Microchip offers PICtail plug-in modules for its dev boards.  Other MCU and even uP vendors have similar modular approaches.  Like you, I remember the days of the expensive boards.  Companies with big budgets might not balk at costly dev kits, but entrepreneurs who have cool ideas can't afford them just to test a concept. --Jon

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Low Cost AND Modularity; Good Job, Freescale !
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/11/2011 4:09:53 PM
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This is a nice step in the right direction; first, with respect to the modular approach for design flexibility, and second, the low, low  prices!  It wasn’t long a go (circa 2002) that evaluation boards for the popular OMAP processors from Texas Instruments ran into multiple thousands of dollars for only a single Eval-Kit. (OK, so, granted the OMAP is a uP, and we’re talking sensors here, but the cost difference is remarkable!) And the modular approach is a great help for development engineers also. Final product layout always risks last-minute revisions, due to performance degradation from shields and other variables not considered on the bench-boards.  Kudos to Freescale for addressing these two points.



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