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Vchip CC1120 Evaluation Kits

Vchip CC1120 Evaluation Kits

Product No:CC1120 Evaluation Kits

Model:CC1120 Evaluation Kits



Last update:2018-04-12





Product details  [Testing Aid]

Vchip CC1120 Evaluation Kits 


CC1120 433MHz Booster Pack by V-Chip

In collaboration with TI, V-Chip has released an inexpensive CC1120 433MHz development kit for the China market which also serves as a CC1120 BP (Booster Pack) for MSP430 Launchpad (partnumber: CC1120EK-433). It can be used stand-alone to verify RF performance of CC1120 @ 433MHz, or together with the MSP430 Launchpad for MCU + RF development. The kit can be ordered directly from V-Chip:



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Quick Start Guide

The kit has two modes of operation: SmartRF Mode and Launchpad Mode. In SmartRF Mode, the boards are connected to a PC and controlled by SmartRF Studio software. In Launchpad Mode, the boards are plugged onto an MSP430 Launchpad and the CC1120 is controlled by the MSP430.

SmartRF Mode

Download and install SmartRF Studio software (link here)>>

Connect both boards to a PC (same PC can be used) with the supplied USB cables. When the green LED "USB Ready" lights up it means that the PC is communicating OK with the CC1120 chip on the kit.
Run SmartRF Studio. The two boards should be recognised in the startup window and you can start exploring the functionality of the software. This includes RX and TX testing. Here is a link to an introductory hands-on tutorial for SmartRF Studio which works with the CC1120EK-433 + SmartRF Studio>>.
It is also possible to run the RX Packet Sniffer together with the CC1120EK-433. For example, it is possible to send RF packets using one CC1120 BP and SmartRF Studio, and receive and visualize these packets using the other CC1120 BP and the RF Packet Sniffer software (link here).>>
Note! SmartRF Mode will not work correctly if the CC1120 BP is connected to an MSP430 Launchpad. Only connect the CC1120 BP to a PC when it is stand-alone. (The reason is that there will be conflict of power supply between the boards).


Launchpad Mode 


1.You should get 2xMSP430 Launchpads for development>>(one for each side of the RF link).

2.Remove jumper on P1.6 on the MSP430 Launchpad (P1.6 is used for the SPI MISO line of CC1120)
3.Insert the CC1120 BP onto the MSP430 Launchpad so that the Launchpad "rockets"

4.on each board is oriented in the same direction.
5.Connect the MSP430 Launchpad via USB to the PC and start development with IAR, CCS or GCC. More info about the MSP430 Launchpad is found here. >>A good first example to try is the EasyLink Software Example for CC1120 on MSP430 Launchpad>>.


  1. Measurement results

  2. Measurements on two typical boards at 433MHz show +15dBm Pout, -123.5dBm sensitivity at 1.2kbps and -111dBm at 38.4kbps. This is in-line with values found in the CC1120 datasheet. Measurements were done conducted at room temperature and Vdd = 3.0V.

     CC1120 Evaluation kits

    Kit Content


2x CC1120 433MHz evaluation boards

2x micro USB cables (1.2M)

2x SMA connectors (unmounted)

4x female – male pinrows for mounting on boosterpack (unmounted)

2x jumper (unmounted)


CC1120 Evalation Kits packing list


Application Examples


EasyLink Software Example

The EasyLink software example demonstrates a simple RF link with minimal code overhead. It is intended to provide a simple starting point for application development using any of TI's sub-1GHz Low Power transceivers. The packet format is compatible with the packet format used by SmartRF Studio and the program can be used to transmit/receive packets to/from SmartRF Studio using “Typical settings”. The typical settings can easily be exported to the code example using the “Register Export” function in SmartRF Studio.
The software example is written for IAR Embedded Workbench>>. A free code size limited version is availible; IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart for MSP430>>,and can be used to run the EasyLink software example.

EasyLink versions
The EasyLink Software Example is made available for several transceivers on different platforms (evaluation boards):
CC112X on trxEB>>
CC120X on trxEB>>
CC1101 on trxEB
CC110L on MSP Launchpad
CC1120 on MSP Launchpad>>



The Packet Error Rate Test or PER Test is an easy way to do range testing of TI’s low power RF transceivers.
TrxEB RF PER Test Software>>
TrxEB RF PER Test Software Examples User’s Guide>>


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