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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

8x8 Matrix LED and Solar Power Boards - Launchpad MSP430

For those of us with the MSP430 Launchpad Microcontrollers these two products may be of interest and can be found over at olimex.com.



The First is a 8x8 LED board that has connectors for the launchpad as well as other 8x8 Matrix LED boards.  These left sided connectors allow you to chain a bunch together to form a scrolling readouts, animations, or other cool projects.  You could configure them in alternate ways too with a bit of wiring or some bending, I'm thinking of a cube! Also each board has a buzzer and a microphone! Here are the specs:

  • Launchpad connectors
  • LED8x8 brick connector
  • Microphone
  • Buzzer
  • FR-4, 1.5 mm (0,062"), red soldermask, white silkscreen component print
SUPPORTED DEVICES: all devices which can be used on MSP430-Launchpad
DIMENSIONS: 66x51 mm (2,6x2,0") 



You can find more info HERE.



The second product is a a Solar Panel Battery Charger.  This looks like it is to be used with a 1.2v single battery and will fully charge a 800mAh battery in 10hrs of direct sunlight.  So if you're designing a project with a lipo battery you can use this board to charge up your project when your power needs require it affording you have nice sunny days.  This could be adapted for many outdoor projects, e.g., low power monitoring station for a mini-greenhouse, lighting for the greenhouse, etc.  Here are the specs:

  • SOLAR PANEL 2.4VDC 80mA with DC/DC voltage boost converter
  • JTAG connector for direct plug in MSP430 2x7 JTAG connector to provide power for the target board
  • suitable for up to 800mAh rechargeble battery, 800mAh battery will be charged to 100% if MSP430-SOLAR is left for 10 hours on sun light
  • Dimensions: 56x48 mm (2.2x1.9")
You can find more info HERE.



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