Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Hey!  Believe it or not, I'm still here, and still working on this project.  Just not a whole lot of spare time these days :-)

This weekend I purchased something that I swore in my first post that I wouldn't -- a microcontroller.  I got myself a TI Launchpad development board.  It was only $4.30 with free shipping.  How could I pass that up?!

But don't fret -- I'm not planning to use it to take the easy route on any parts of the CPU.  I will, however, be using it to simulate certain components (primarily the register file) while I work on the other CPU components.  I'm finding that it's quite difficult to properly test the various units when I don't actually have registers with which to put data on the bus...

Once the Launchpad comes in I'll get familiarized with the interface, write a few "hello world" programs for the MSP430 and then get crackin' on the register file simulator...


  1. I picked up a few of those things a while back. Still haven't come up with anything to actually do with them besides making the LEDs blink a few times. I'll be interested to see what you do with it.

  2. welcome back! glad to hear that the project is still rolling on. looking forward to your next update.