Over the past few years I have had a lot of fun with the MSP430 series microcontrollers and Chipcon single-chip radio ICs.  I was excited to hear that TI has decided to combine my two favorite IC choices from their product lines into a single  package.  If you have not seen the CC430 yet, it is definitely worth a few minutes. The package includes a MSP430F5x MCU and the CC1101.

 

We could use this platform on 70cm as an alternative to APRS. The CC1101 even supports a K=3 convolutional encoder and a nice data scrambler. How cool would it be to buy an APRS-like radio for $20 that could be the size of a quarter?

 

If anyone is interested in this concept, let me know.