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Revision as of 17:27, 20 February 2013

IV-18 vfd boosterpack msp430 launchpad.jpg

Description goes here.

ID The IV-18 VFD Clock BoosterPack
Forum 43oh Forum Thread
Versions v1.0, v1.1
Buy @The 43oh Store

Features

  • Fits the MSP430 Launchpad.
  • Awesome retro look

Board Revision History

Revision Changes
v1.0 Initial Prototype
v1.1 Corrected DS18B20 Package

Downloads

Documentation
Hardware Software
v1.0 Git Repository
v1.1 Git Repository

Connecting the VFD Clock BoosterPack

Step 1 - Solder the Crystal

Your Launchpad should have shipped with a 13.768kHz crystal. To provide more accurate accurate time-keeping clock, you'll need to solder it to your Launchpad. Instructions for soldering your crystal can be found here

Alternately - you may uncomment the define for NOXTAL in main.c, but time kept by the device will be less accurate.

Once you've soldered your crystal - you may find it helpful to test it using this code - File:Msp430g2xx3 LFxtal nmi.zip. This is a code sample provided by Texas Instruments as part of the code samples for the MSP430G2553. If your crystal is soldered correctly, the red LED on your Launchpad should pulse every second. Otherwise - the red LED will toggle quickly, indicating a fault.

Step 2 - Solder the SMD IC's

There are two SMD chips on this booster pack. The 8-pin voltage boost IC, and the 28 pin VFD controller chip. Both use an SOIC package, so they're still very easy to hand-solder.

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