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MSP430 Launchpad: Pinout, Features, and Application[FAQ&Video]

Author: William
Date: 1 Aug 2022
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MSP430 Features

Overview of MSP430

Video Related to the MSP430

MSP430 Features

MSP430 Pinout

MSP430 Dimensions

MSP430G2553 Controller VS MSP430G2452 Controller

MSP430 Equivalents

How to use MSP430 Launchpad

MSP430 Applications

MSP430 Datasheet

MSP430 FAQ

Overview of MSP430

All Arduino-based apps may be designed using the MSP430 launchpad development board because they both have comparable capabilities and features. The MSP430 launchpad is based on TI MSP430 microcontrollers, much like Arduino is developed on AVR controllers. Because it lacks the same computing capability as a Raspberry Pi, this device is best suited for creating low-end applications.

 

Video Description: Learn how to get started with MSP430 launchpad and blink an LED. Find here the complete tutorial.

 

MSP430 Features

  • Dip socket for easy plug-in or removal of microcontroller
  • Energy trace technology available for ultra-low-power debugging
  • One button and two LEDs for user interaction
  • USB debugging and programming interface featuring a driverless installation
  • Available UART serial communication with up to 9600 Baud
  • Supports MSP430G2xx2, MSP430G2xx3, and MSP430F20xx devices in PDIP14 or PDIP20 packages
  • Hardware reset button available on board
  • Operating voltage range: 5V

 

MSP430 Pinout

MSP430 Pinout

 
Name Pin Function
GPIO pins P1.0 to P1.7 & P2.0 to P2.5 These are the input/output pins of the microcontroller (placed in the socket) given out of the board for interfacing.
Button P1.3 Can be used for general purpose interfacing during operation.
LEDs P1.0 & P1.6 Can be used for general purpose indication during operation.
Reset Connected to RESET pin of microcontroller If pressed, the microcontroller will reset.
Power Connected Three pin jack at the bottom Can be used to connect eternal power sources after programming.
Crystal pads Solder joints adjacent to controller A crystal oscillator can be soldered here for providing more accurate clock source.
eZ430 connector Six pin connector Provides a bridge between Emulator board and Microcontroller breakout board. Can be disconnected to isolate both sections of the PCB.
Programming port USB connector at the top The device will be connected to PC (For programming and power) using this port.

 

MSP430 Dimensions

MSP430 Dimensions

 

MSP430G2553 Controller VS MSP430G2452 Controller

The MSP430 board can be used to program a wide variety of controllers, however the development board will come with two microcontrollers, therefore we'll list their features below:

 
Feature MSP430G2553 Controller MSP430G2452 Controller
CPU architecture 16-Bit RISC Architecture 16-Bit RISC Architecture
Frequency of Operation Up to 16MHz Up to 16MHz
Flash Memory 16KBytes 8KBytes
RAM 512Bytes 256Bytes
Interface 1x I2C 1x SPI 1x UART 1x I2C 1x SPI
Programmable I/O pins 16 16
ADC 8 channel of 10 bit resolution 8 Channel of 10 bit resolution
Comparator 8 input available 8 input available
Timer 2 x 16 bit 1 x 16 bit
Capacitive touch interface Available Available
Internal temperature sensor Available Available
Watchdog timer Available Available

 

MSP430 Equivalents

 

How to use MSP430 Launchpad

Because the software was created using the Arduino IDE and has a comparable programming feel, utilizing Energa is simpler in both IDEs. Therefore, energia IDE will seem similar to and useful to individuals who are familiar with Arduino.

Install the IDE program after downloading it into your computer with administrator permissions to prevent further issues. Use the connector included in the kit to connect the development board to the PC and run the installed program. After connected, the PC will immediately detect the board. Once detection is complete, select the blinking program to run by going to the example programs in the IDE. After that, the IDE will check the blinky program for errors, and following a successful compilation, the program will be uploaded to the board's microcontroller. After the program has been transferred, the blinky program stored in the microcontroller's flash memory is run, and the LED on the board starts to blink. So with that, we have successfully programmed the controller via usb interface and in the similar way, we can write the other programs in the IDE and dump these programs in the controller after compilation.

 

MSP430 Applications

  • TI microcontroller learning tool
  • Prototyping
  • Robotics
  • Planes and Drones
  • Building automation
  • Access control and security
  • Security systems and electronic locks
  • Electronic and Electrical measuring instruments
  • Health monitoring devices

 

MSP430 Datasheet

The below is the Datasheet about the MSP430:

MSP430 Datasheet

 

MSP430 FAQ

What is MSP430 used for?

Embedded devices with minimal power requirements can use the MSP430. Less than 1 A of current may be drawn while the device is idle. Its maximum speed is 25 MHz. It can be throttled back to use less energy.

 

What is MSP430 microcontroller?

The MSP430 is a 16-bit microcontroller with a variety of unique characteristics not typically found in other microcontrollers, including: - Full system on a chip, with LCD control, an ADC, I/O ports, ROM, RAM, a watchdog timer, a simple timer, and other components.

 

What is the difference between MSP430 and Arduino?

The key distinction between Arduino and MSP430 is that Arduino is designed for quick success while experimenting with it. The disadvantage is that even the simplest tasks are performed using generic libraries. similar to how a single-line "hello world" application on a computer loads dozens of DLLs. MSP, on the other hand, necessitates action.

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