This is in part a follow-up to the CC1110 IC Friday post from a few weeks back. TI has released a USB-dongle based development kit featuring their CC1111 system-on-chip radio communications IC. The board features an msp430 and the CC1111 on a self-contained USB stick and is about 50USD, look a very reasonable price. For those that want something cheaper, unhealthy the samples for the family of low-power RF chips are already available and shipping. Finally, the board reference design can be found here and is also mirrored below.
( swrr049.zip )
Texas Instuments is sponsoring another design contest with the msp430 architecture. There is a downloadable development tool for the msp430 as well as an available online simulator so if you have a creative project, you need not actually invest money in a development kit, not that it’s expensive ($15.) Two finalists get some HDTVs and trips to the forthcoming msp430 conference.