Spark Fun Electronics has some new stuff that is causing a paycheck diversion… (As always – MAKE isn’t affiliated with them in any way, I just like their stuff).
This is the new alternative to MP3 decoding. The VS1000 is a super-slick IC from VLSI that decodes Ogg Vorbis encoded music files. It’s open source so the price is cheaper! Way to go open source – Link.
If soldering tight pitch iPod connectors scares you, this breakout board will help! PodBreakout brings all 30 pins of the iPod connector out to nice 0.1″ spaced holes – Link.
Olimex has done it again! Another great little eval board for the MSP430FG4619 microcontroller. Board features a color LCD, triple axis MMA7260Q Accelerometer, SD card socket, and a joystick button – Link.
Spark Fun Electronics – Link.
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I am a huge fan of SparkFun and I’ve bought many goodies from them. I have been working on an iPod dock breakout board similar to the one pictured here and I was really excited to see it – until I noticed the $15 price tag. I think it’s a cool project starter and much needed, but a one-layer (per side) board coupled with a $2 connector could be much more affordable – especially for those of us on a budget!
This has re-make potential written all over it. I will not be sad if someone else beats me to it, but for now I will continue work on my own plans rather than kicking out $15 for this one. Also, my plan calls for the dock to be perpendicular to the board for more slim project potential.
Other than that – Nice new additions to the SparkFun catalog and I am happy to see them continuing to support the Maker community by providing items like these.
While I love both Sparkfun and Olimex, TI offers an eval/experimentor board for the MSP430.. line for $99:
It also works with other TI modules like Zigbee, etc.
I’ve purchased other eval boards from TI and they are high quality and fairly inexpensive.
Yes! Ogg decoding in a chip. I can finally build a portable music player that I want!
The link for the PodBreakout is missing. Here it is:
Can any Canadian Makers help me find where I can get parts like the iPod connector breakout in Canada. The cost of shipping to Canada vs. the actual cost of the part just does not make the WAF (Wife Approval Factor).
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