Review of Texas Instruments 430Boost-CC110L BoosterPack featuring  Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules

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RoadTest: Texas Instruments 430Boost-CC110L BoosterPack featuring  Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules

Author: migration.user

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Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: -

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Detailed Review:

1. Introduction.

 

     The package received for roadtest, in addition to the title boosterpack also included two sets of MSP Launchpad. Is a good idea, especially for those who are not dealing with LaunchPad yet. I was only surprised a lack of pre-programmed IC's in AIR boosterpack.

 

 

2. Texas Instruments 430Boost-CC110L BoosterPack.

 

2.1. Boosterpack Board.

 

     Board is well designed with additional space for prototyping. Layout of board allows to place MCU on boosterpack directly, to operate as standalone unit.  I've found only one disadvantage, there is no any kind of testpoint for current consumption measurments. Of course it is possible to cut VCC track near header, but measurments on low side via shunt resistor are problematic (GND pin from header is directly connected to polygon). During measurments I've bended a GND pin to connect multimeter and shunt resistor and I checked current consumption waveforms.

 

http://imageshack.us/a/img441/8329/20121008081.jpgFigure 1 - AIR BoosterPack attached to LaunchPad.


 

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Figure 2 - AIR BoosterPack in standalone configuration, additional components are populated.

 


 

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Figure 3 - AIR ready to go.

 


 

2.2. Programing MSP430G2553 with demo firmware.

 

     At first in demo project loaded into workspace of Code Composer Studio, we should chose correct configuration between: FCC and ETSI (frequency and transmission power regulations). We can do this in Project->Properties->General->Manage configurations. Compiling and programming should be done without any problems. Firmware is universal for both sensor and hub nodes.

 

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Figure 4 - Settings for compilation.


2.3. Demo software.

 

     Windows application works quite nice, but sometimes can hang UART communication between LaunchPad. While Launchpad is connected to USB, UART transmision begins with ASCII coded commands looking like XML. They're containing some options like frequencies and other RF chip firmware depended options, so I think this windows application is universal for more than this RF chip. Data and commands are in CSV format.

 

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Figure 5 - Demo application.

 


2.4. Power consumption.

 

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Figure 6 - RF chip current measurment.



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Figure 7 - MCU+RF chip current measurment.

 

 

     Measurements results of sensor node power consumption are provided in table below. Settings of node on figure 8, MCU runs demo firmware with 1 packet per second transmission.

 

Imin [mA]

Imax [mA]

Irms [mA]

@ U [V]

RF

1,786

22,224

9,562

3,44

MCU + RF

11,232

31,21

18,812

3,44

 


 

http://imageshack.us/a/img542/3037/zrzutekranuz20121008203.pngFigure 8 - Settings for power consumption measurmets.


 

http://imageshack.us/a/img507/3029/newfile3.pngFigure 9 - Current from voltage on 1R shunt resistor 1mV = 1mA @ VCC=3,44V


 

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Figure 10 - Current amplitude 1mV = 1mA @ VCC=3,44V


 

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Figure 11 - Current peak every 1second 1mV = 1mA @ VCC=3,44V


 

2.5. Range test results.

 

     Maximum operating range in open space was approximately 200m, with settings same as in current measurements section. I didn't  get any problems with range in building, concrete walls, ceilings and up to three floors between nodes and RF link worked fine.

 

 

3. Useful links.


 

 

MSP430 LaunchPad

430Boost-CC110L AIR Module BoosterPack

A110LR09A Radio Module

CC110L

(main RF chip)

Website

http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430g2

http://www.ti.com/tool/430boost-cc110l

 

http://www.anaren.com/air/cc110l-air-module-boosterpack

http://www.anaren.com/air/

products/air-proprietary-rf-apps

http://www.ti.com/product/cc110l

Datashort

 

http://www.anaren.com/sites/default/files/uploads/File/AIR-BoosterPack_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf

http://www.anaren.com/sites/

default/files/uploads/File/111213b_%20A110LR09A_Prod%20Brief.pdf

 

Datasheet

http://www.ti.com/litv/pdf/slau318c

http://www.anaren.com/sites/default/files/uploads/File/BoosterPack_Users_Manual.pdf

http://www.anaren.com/sites/default/files/uploads/File/111031%20-%20A110LR09x_Users

_Manual_V11.pdf

http://www.ti.com/litv/pdf/swrs109a

 

 

4. More images.

 

http://imageshack.us/g/1/9806222/

http://imageshack.us/g/1/9806196/

http://imageshack.us/g/1/9806203/

 

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