Witech announced the FL6410 Android development kit for smartphones and tablet PCs. The FL6410 features a 800MHz Samsung S3C6410 microprocessor, 256MB DDR RAM, 1GB NAND Flash, MoviNAND interface, Multi-Channel audio IO and GSM, Android-oriented keypad, RS232, RS485, CAN, SPI, AV-In, TV-out, and CVBS interfaces. The Witech FL6410 is available now for $235 (USD). Add-on parts are available (such as 7″ LCD, GPS module, GPRS module, WCDMA 3G Module, Camera, WIFI module).
Microchip Technology and Cymbet teamed to create the customizable XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Development Kit. The energy harvesting kit includes a modular development board with the PIC24F16KA102 microcontroller. The included Cymbet EnerChip EH Eval-08 Energy Harvesting Board harvests solar energy that is then stored in the EnerChip solid-state, rechargeable energy-storage devices. PICtail daughter boards can be added for the rapid evaluation of a wide variety of system functions, including ZigBee and proprietary wireless connectivity, and SD memory cards. The XLP 16-bit Energy Harvesting Kit (part # DV164133) is available today for $195.
Texas Instruments (TI) launched their open source MSP430 MCU Value Line LaunchPad development kit. The LaunchPad kit includes the hardware and software needed to create designs based on TI’s MSP430 Value Line MCUs. LaunchPad supports rapid prototyping and development by enabling developers to quickly drop-in MSP430 Value Line MCUs to evaluate, program or debug devices. The new MSP430 MCU Value Line LaunchPad development kit (MSP-EXP430G2) is priced at $4.30. TI’s MSP430 Value Line MCUs start at 25 cents and offer up to 10X performance and 10X battery life over 8-bit MCUs.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the TMS320C5515 Fingerprint Development Kit for integrating of fingerprint biometric features into embedded systems. The C5515 Fingerprint Development Kit features a core board based on TI’s C5515 digital signal processor (DSP), two widely-used sensor types (swipe and optical), and optimized application software to ease product creation and implementation. The kit can reduce the product design cycle by 9 to 12 months. The TI TMS320C5515 fingerprint is priced at $79 USD.