SchmartBoard introduced the Texas Instruments Microcontroller Development SchmartModule. The suggested retail for the boards is $30. The single development board supports Texas Instruments’ ultra-low power MSP430, ARM Cortex-M3-based Stellaris and real-time control C2000 MCU platforms. During the month of July only, the product will be sold at the SchmartBoard website for $15.
Traditionally, support of an MCU family has required multiple development boards, but Schmartboard’s one single development board supports all 64-pin QFP packages in TI’s C2000 and MSP430 MCU platforms and all 48-pin QFP packages in TI’s Stellaris MCU platform. This is possible because SchmartBoards’ “ez” technology makes it easy and flawless to hand solder SMT (Surface Mount Technology) components. The user can simply hand solder the supported MCU of choice to the board and then immediately begin programming.
In addition to the cost and ease-of-use advantages to a user, the board also serves as an inventory solution for distributors. This is because a distributor can now stock the TI Development SchmartModule to support 92 devices. Today a distributor must stock many different boards to support the many TI chips.
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