Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Launchpad!

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...

2 comments:

  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.

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

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