Solar Energy Harvesting Development Tool - £47.79 @ Texas Instruments
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Solar Energy Harvesting Development Tool - £47.79 @ Texas Instruments

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Found 27th Sep 2011
This tool may look tiny, but it’s mighty!
You can create a perpetually powered wireless sensor application thanks to the high-efficiency solar panel and, of course, the ultra-low power capabilities of the MSP430F2274 microcontroller that runs the show. Just for fun, we added a CC2500 2.4 GHz wireless transceiver as well so the tool can talk to your PC while you’re cutting firewood, dusting off your wool coat or, if you’re like us here in Texas, taking another lap in the pool.



Best of all, since this is a TI Deal, you know we’re going to give you a great price.
For the next two weeks (or until we run out), you can get this kit for half off. It’s normally $149, but we’ll give it to you for just $74.50. And with FREE international expedited shipping, you’ll be having fun in the sun in no time!

As always, let us know about the crazy cool projects you create with our tools by posting on our E2E forum.
Features

Efficient solar energy harvesting module for the eZ430-RF2500
Battery-less operation
Works in low ambient light
400+ transmissions in dark
Adaptable to any RF network or sensor input
Inputs available for external harvesters (thermal, piezo, 2nd solar panel, etc.)
USB debugging and programming interface with application backchannel to PC
18 available analog and communications input/output pins
Highly integrated, ultra-low-power MSP430 MCU with 16-MHz performance
Two green and red LEDs for visual feedback
Interruptible push button for user feedback
What’s Included

1x eZ430-RF2500-SEH kit @ 50% off!
Two eZ430-RF2500T wireless target boards
One eZ430-RF USB debugging interface
One AAA battery pack with expansion board (batteries included)
One SEH-01 Solar Energy Harvester Board
One MSP430 Development Tool CD containing documentation and development software
1x eZ430-RF2500T FREE!
One wireless target board
One AAA battery pack with expansion board (batteries included)
Here’s how to get this deal:

Select the eZ430-RF2500-T and add it to your shopping cart
Next, select the eZ430-RF2500-SEH and add that to your shopping cart, too.
When you reach the payment section, input the coupon code from TIDeals.com.
The amount due will be adjusted to reflect the discount code from your coupon.
Proceed through the rest of the ordering procedure, then await your glorious tools!
Pay attention now. To get this deal, you MUST add both the eZ430-RF2500T, for $20, and the eZ430-RF2500-SEH, for $149, to your shopping cart. Once you’ve done that, the system will recognize your coupon code and you’ll get your discount. If you don’t add them both, no discount! And you like saving money, right? We do, too.

19 Comments

Original Poster

http://tideals.com/files/2011/09/tideal_solar.jpg

W. T. F.

???

SunTzu

W. T. F.???


and me .... WTF?

That's the girlfriends Christmas present sorted for this year.

Nice one X)

erroll

That's the girlfriends Christmas present sorted for this year.Nice one X)



Oh ronnie, you cheeky chappy you...

Original Poster

its a solar powered development board so it can sensor etc without needing a battery etc. and still send the data in the dark.... if you dont know what it is though, probably wont need it lol

Thanks for that, now I will have to spend time on google trying to find out what I feel I should know...

jamhops

its a solar powered development board so it can sensor etc without … its a solar powered development board so it can sensor etc without needing a battery etc. and still send the data in the dark.... if you dont know what it is though, probably wont need it lol


what is this? the person post this is the seller. dun think it will be a deal

this should clear it up for everyone....

Functional Description
The core technology behind the Solar Energy Harvesting module is the photovoltaic or solar cell that
converts ambient light into electrical energy. The energy from the solar cell must be converted, managed
and stored. This process is handled by the EnerChip EH CBC5300, the small DIP mounted board on the
Solar Energy Harvesting Module (SEH-01). A boost converter is used to increase the voltage from the
solar cell to a sufficient level to charge the thin-film battery and run the rest of the system.
The Charge Control block continuously monitors the output of the boost converter. If the output of the
boost converter falls below the voltage needed to charge the EnerChip, the charge controller disconnects
the boost converter from the system to prevent back powering the boost converter in low light conditions.
The Power Management block prevents the EnerChip from discharging too deeply in low-light conditions
or under abnormally high current loads. It also ensures that the load is powered up with a smooth
power-on transition. The Power Management block has a control line, CHARGE, which indicates to the
MSP430 that the solar energy harvester is actively charging the EnerChip. The control line input,
BATOFF, is available for the MSP430 to isolate itself from the EnerChip to conserve battery life in
prolonged low-light conditions.
The Solar Energy Harvesting Module features two EnerChip batteries mounted on the board with a
100-mAhr capacity and a 1,000-mF capacitor for high-current pulses during wireless transmissions.
Using the power management status and control signals on the SEH-01, the firmware on the MSP430 has
been written to make the application 'Energy Aware' to maximize the overall lifetime of the system.

Solar Deal

Voted "HOT"

So am I right in saying that this board can store up to 200mah? Can't see how long it takes to reach that with ambient light.

Really interesting deal though, just a bit too much to get to play with. Now if it could store a lot of power and be modular so you could add your own panels, that would get me to bite.

lol!!!

Just like good old Tandy shops!

mosskeeto

this should clear it up for everyone....Functional DescriptionThe core … this should clear it up for everyone....Functional DescriptionThe core technology behind the Solar Energy Harvesting module is the photovoltaic or solar cell thatconverts ambient light into electrical energy. The energy from the solar cell must be converted, managedand stored. This process is handled by the EnerChip EH CBC5300, the small DIP mounted board on theSolar Energy Harvesting Module (SEH-01). A boost converter is used to increase the voltage from thesolar cell to a sufficient level to charge the thin-film battery and run the rest of the system.The Charge Control block continuously monitors the output of the boost converter. If the output of theboost converter falls below the voltage needed to charge the EnerChip, the charge controller disconnectsthe boost converter from the system to prevent back powering the boost converter in low light conditions.The Power Management block prevents the EnerChip from discharging too deeply in low-light conditionsor under abnormally high current loads. It also ensures that the load is powered up with a smoothpower-on transition. The Power Management block has a control line, CHARGE, which indicates to theMSP430 that the solar energy harvester is actively charging the EnerChip. The control line input,BATOFF, is available for the MSP430 to isolate itself from the EnerChip to conserve battery life inprolonged low-light conditions.The Solar Energy Harvesting Module features two EnerChip batteries mounted on the board with a100-mAhr capacity and a 1,000-mF capacitor for high-current pulses during wireless transmissions.Using the power management status and control signals on the SEH-01, the firmware on the MSP430 hasbeen written to make the application 'Energy Aware' to maximize the overall lifetime of the system.




Well, thats cleared that up no end oO

My head hurts.
Edited by: "davej1710" 27th Sep 2011

davej1710

Well, thats cleared that up no end oO



Blimey dont think for a minute I understood that.... I was taking the p!!

what does it do ? what potentially can it do ?
all we've heard so far its a "solar powered development board" - to develop what exactly ?

jenovat

Oh ronnie, you cheeky chappy you...



I know, i am aren't i! Nurse Gladys can't get enough of this type of stuff!

There's got to be someone somewhere who's getting mildly excited by this deal, probably in a Vic Reeves knee-rubbing kind of excitement

Hehe, just noticed the 1st line of the description!

A tiny tool is a mighty tool

Original Poster

these kinds of board allow you to program to interface with sensors etc or control motors they are for home projects like some on this site ( www.hackaday.com/ ) which is where I started.


And this one is solar powered and charges its internal battery for at night.
Edited by: "jamhops" 28th Sep 2011

Original Poster

kit325

what is this? the person post this is the seller. dun think it will be a … what is this? the person post this is the seller. dun think it will be a deal



I assume you are trying to say that you dont know what it is (dont worry about it) That I am the seller... No not at all, if only I owned Texas Instruments they probably manufactured parts for a fair few of your electronic items and I am sad to say I dont own that company but good try


As for it being a deal my audience is limited but some people may see it at uni or just as a hobby and if one finds it then all good.
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