Texas Instruments' eZ430-Chronos

DN Staff

April 9, 2010

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Texas Instruments' eZ430-Chronos

Chronos was created to inspire wirelessnetworking development by enabling designers to easily and cost-efficientlyharness the integration of TI's new CC430 microcontroller (MCU), regardless ofprogramming expertise. The CC430 MCU combines the MSP430 core and an RFtransceiver to result in the industry's lowest-power, single-chipradio-frequency (RF) solution for MCU-based applications. The kit includes a3-axis accelerometer for motion-sensitive control and sensors for datacollection of altitude, temperature and battery voltage. It comes with RFprotocols and open source example projects and can be used as a wireless hub toaccess real-time data from wirelessly paired custom sensors. Neverbefore have developers had access to a completely reprogrammable developmentkit packaged in an environment as portable as a sports watch. Chronos' leading hardware/software integrationallows developers to significantly save on BOM and board space, resulting inlower cost, smaller end products. It includes an eZ430-emulator forsimplified programming debugging on top of base software framework and RFfunctions so developers are able toeasily customize Chronos' basic functionality, or wirelessly pair it with theirown custom sensors. Unlikeanything on the market, Chronos provides developers with a wearable, low-cost,easy-to-use tool, complete with software, hardware and community support.CC430 shrinks package and printed circuit board size by up to 50 percent compared to two-chip-solutions. Chronos performs watch functions (30m waterproof), and is equipped with on-chip sensors tomeasure altitude, temperature and battery voltage.
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