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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

TI C2000 LaunchPad unboxing

Yesterday I received my TI C2000 LaunchPad from Element14 for a road test. I have been working with the MSP430 LaunchPad for a few weeks now and am really enjoying what it can do. I am therefore really excited about getting into the C2000.

I plugged it in and got the default program up and running pretty quickly. With it connected to a terminal, you can see the temperature change and get logged. Next I wanted to get the standard flashing LED program running to get a basic feel for the development board.

I assumed that the two development boards, MSP430 and C2000, would be similar, but I was wrong. There is quite a difference in setting up the device and getting it running. I eventually got a simple flashing LED program running.

The example projects are also set up quite differently and it takes a bit of time to figure out how things are laid out.

To get going, I am going to go through the LaunchPad schematic and also the F28027 device datasheet. Once I know what is connected to which port and peripheral, then I can get going properly.

My plan is the following:
  • Get the flashing LED's working - DONE
  • Get serial communications working. LaunchPad to Putty
  • Get SPI working
  • Connect up CC1101 433MHz module to get RF communications working
  • Connect to RaspberryPi USB port and use as a port expander and RF master
For now that is what I plan to do. I will log my progress here as I manage to get each part working. For now I better get reading and start understanding the development board that I have in front of me.