Collaboration between Texas Instruments and the element14 Community targets those want to build their own BoosterPack for TI’s MCU LaunchPads, without designing a development kit
October 18, 2013 – CHICAGO – Newark element14 has launched its new portal “Build Your Own BoosterPack” to provide supporting resources for design engineers creating their own BoosterPack and add-on board compatible with Texas Instruments (TI’s) microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad evaluation kits.
The step-by-step process gives the engineering and maker communities a systematic framework with which to bring a new product to market. The advantage of this site is the comprehensive support it proves through its links to leading industry partners whom developers will need to collaborate with on creating their new board, such as design, raising funds, prototyping, manufacture and promoting the board.
David Shen, Chief Technology Officer at parent company Premier Farnell, said: “We are proud to launch this industry-first portal on our 200,000 member-strong Community site where we bring design engineers, hobbyists and supplier partners in direct contact and shorten tremendously their time-to-market for a new product. We encourage and support our customers to develop new add-ons to the TI MCU LaunchPad and we will help take them from conception of design through development and prototyping to delivery in the market.”
Using TI’s MCU LaunchPad evaluation kits, such as the MSP430™ LaunchPads, C2000™ LaunchPad, Hercules™ LaunchPad and Tiva™ LaunchPad, developers can design their own add-on BoosterPack accessory board and submit their ideas to the element14 Community to garner ideas, collaborate with others, raise funds to build and get their designs quoted and built.
Adrian Fernandez, TI MCU Launchpad ecosystem manager at Texas Instruments, said: “The ecosystem of TI MCU LaunchPads is widely used across many industry segments as a way to evaluate TI’s MCU platforms in an easy and cost-effective manner. Applications include consumer electronics, alternative energy, automation, medical electronics and so much more. Our innovative customers constantly impress us with the new functionalities they design into their BoosterPacks and we are delighted to collaborate in the hosting of this one-stop portal at element14 which facilitates step-by-step the creation of an add-on, right through to production and delivery. This makes it possible now for any developer to turn an idea for a BoosterPack into a commercial success.”
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