I really wanted to experiment with some wireless sensor networks, so I went looking about a year back. One of the Texas Instruments Reps was gracious enough to lend me his demo kit and well I wanted to show it off. There is a new kit available from TI nowadays, but don’t know if I will be getting one for Christmas this year.
Here is the eZ430-RF2500.
The eZ430-RF2500 is a complete wireless development tool for the MSP430 and CC2500 that includes all the hardware and software required to develop an entire wireless project with the MSP430 in a convenient USB stick. The tool includes a USB-powered emulator to program and debug your application in-system and two 2.4-GHz wireless target boards featuring the highly integrated MSP430F2274 ultra-low-power MCU. Projects may be developed and instantly deployed using the included battery expansion board and AAA batteries. All the required software is included such as a complete Integrated Development Environment and SimpliciTI, a propriety low-power star network stack, enabling robust wireless networks out of the box. The eZ430-RF2500 uses the MSP430F22x4 which combines 16-MIPS performance with a 200-ksps 10-bit ADC and 2 op-amps and is paired with the CC2500 multi-channel RF transceiver designed for low-power wireless applications.
The eZ430-RF emulator interface may be used with any Spy Bi-Wire enabled MSP430, such as the F22xx and F20xx series, and is fully compatible with the eZ430-F2013 and eZ430-T2012 target boards. The emulator interface can be used to download and debug your target applications, and can transmit serial data to your PC while in or out of a debug session.
It come with a version of iAR tools for the MSP430 controllers. The good part is that it has breakout VIAs for external inputs which I am going to use to make this my personal wireless USB-Serial Converter 🙂