Check out this brand new Educational BoosterPack for the MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad from our friends at CircuitCo!

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TI worked in conjunction with CircuitCo to design an affordable, easy-to-use and highly-integrated BoosterPack for MSP430 LaunchPad users! CircuitCo knocked it out of the park with this brand new BoosterPack, which has been dubbed the "Educational BoosterPack". It's available today for order at Digikey for just $24.95.

It's a great first BoosterPack for MSP430 LaunchPad users who are looking to create innovative solutions and projects. The BoosterPack is highly integrated with the following components:

  • Back-lit Character LCD Display
  • Dial analog potentiometer
  • 3-Axis analog accelerometer
  • RGB LED
  • Buzzer
  • Microphone

Also, this Educational BoosterPack was created with Energia in mind! Energia is a great open-source code editing tool/compiler that the online community has developed! It comes with very intuitive APIs and function calls for reading analog signals, sending and receiving serial communication, toggling I/O & more to help make microcontroller development even easier. So be sure to download this awesome software at www.energia.nu to get up and running on this new BoosterPack quickly!

Get the BoosterPack at Digikey

Learn more about the BoosterPack on CircuitCo’s wiki

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  • Thanks AdrianFer for the update on the file.

    I looked at that review three or four times and downloaded it for reference. The zip file was not posted when I looked before.  Also the lcd library link said it still needed to be adapted.

    I just downloaded the educational booster pack zip file  and will give it a look.  

    I got the booster pack to work with the older ver 1.4 launchpad and a 2231chip by  rerouting the RS and Led pins to other pins on  

    the ver1.4 using the program provided by Danny (forgot last name). I posted that info at e2e.ti.com/.../237170.aspx.

    I was unable to get a 2553 chip to work in any of my older launchpads with energia.  I will be posted some questions on that when I get back to it.

    I really am interested in getting proficient with the 430 and producing some 430 educational materials.  Now that I have the lcd working maybe I can make some progress on that goal.

    Thanks again

    Tim Mathis

    Technology Trainers

  • Hi Tim,

    Check out Rei VILO's write-up here: embeddedcomputing.weebly.com/educational-boosterpack.html

    He's got links to code examples & libraries for the various components on the BoosterPack.

  • So anything device ever sold with no basic sample applications is an educational device.

    Sounds like a rehash of undocumented feature to me.

    A user newbie or pro cannot even tell if the device is functional until they decode and program an accelerometer and serial lcd using the data sheets

    Also no mention that it is plugin compatible with latest version of launchpad not ver 1.4.

    Cost of the booster and launchpad approaching that of usb compatible pic 2550 with on board color lcd on ebay or high end arduino system.

    Appears to be well constructed and very useful once initial hurdles overcome.  A few questionable looking solder joints.

    Not a fan YET!!

  • As I wrote in my in-depth review at embeddedcomputing.weebly.com/educational-boosterpack.html

    I really like the educational challenge for the users.

    They'll have to look for the specification sheets, read and understand them.

    They'll also have to write their libraries from scratch or adapt existing ones to the Educational BoosterPack.