|The MSP430 Launch Pad arrived! Christmas came early!|
At only $4.30 the experimenter board is about as budget-friendly as you can get. The MSP430G2231 chips cost about $1.75 at Mouser, although two came with the box.
Development environment and tools are free at www.ti.com/launchpadwiki (Windows only). There's also a GCC toolchain, MSPGCC. Mac OS X folks, check this wiki page.
What comes in the box? Experimenter board of course. USB cable. Pin headers, two MSP430G22231 14-pin PDIP MCUs, 32.768 kHz SMT cyrstal, and a couple of cute little LaunchPad stickers.
The MCU specs are: clock speed up to 16MHz, RISC architecture, 2kB Flash, 128B RAM, 10 GPIO, 1x 16-bit timer, USI (I2C, SPI), Internal Temp Sensor, and 8ch 10-bit ADC.
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- I started by installing the IAR Embedded Workbench IDE for MSP430. The CCS tool requires at least 1G of memory and my garage sale PC is memory-challenged.
- Next, open up the User's Guide for the IAR Embedded Workbench.
- Read the Get Started Now! section which describes how to configure the IDE, compile, download and run your code.
- You should have a flashing red LED on your LaunchPad. Yippee!
Now, let's see... what can we do with this thing?
The www.43oh.com website has lots of ideas. So do these sites: www.msp430launchpad.com and mspsci.blogspot.com And there's the forum at 43oh as well as this Ti MSP430 Forum and this Google group and a Yahoo Group.