Sunday, January 24, 2010

TI hits home run with Chronos sportswatch wireless dev kit- EETimes

The Texas Instruments product management team knew they were on to something as they prepped for the November '09 launch of the eZ430 Chronos low-power wireless MCU development kit, but they had no idea that within weeks it would surpass the 5,000-unit mark and in doing so leave previous kit-launch records in the dust.

"We knew we had a hit," said Adrian Valenzuela, TI's MSP430 marketing manager, "but this has far exceeded our expectations." The previous record was 1,000 kits in that same timeframe.

The eZ430 Chronos integrates a customizable wireless development kit into a fully-functional sports watch. Yes, you can develop applications while diving at a depth of up to 30 m. Image Courtesy: EETimes

The kit itself (view full presentation here) has a host of advanced features. It's based on the company's CC430 low-power wireless MCU and includes a three-axis accelerometer, temperature, pressure and altitude sensors, voltage and battery sensors, a two-wire JTAG interface, 96-segment LCD and a buzzer. It's also supported by a complete hardware and software development community.

All are excellent, but what separates the kit from its TI predecessors, or any such kit to date, is its form factor: it comes as a fully functional sports watch for $49.

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