TI taps into open source community for MSP430

Texas Instruments has added a strong open source element to its latest development kit its MSP430 microcontroller.

The development kit, dubbed LaunchPad, interfaces with the MSP430 microcontroller line, existing eZ430 target boards and MSP430 devices with Spy Bi-Wire capabilities.

Free compilers and debuggers available for download including Code Composer Studio IDE and IAR Embedded Workbench, providing a complete software development environment.

A LaunchPad Wiki provides multiple production-ready open source projects for evaluation. TI is using the open-source environment is also intended to support design and community collaboration.

The development kit has a DIP target socket, supporting up to 20-pin devices. Pushbuttons, LEDs and breakout pins for external components, mean the kit can be used as a standalone system.

There is a USB-powered emulator which supports flash programming, firmware debugging and serial communication and eliminates need for external emulator

A 32kHz crystal increases the accuracy of the MSP430 microcontroller’s digitally controlled oscillator to support real-time operation.

The kit comes with two MSP430 devices; one pre-programmed with demo firmware to demonstrate the use of on-chip peripherals, including 10-bit ADC, comparators and internal temperature sensor.

For a limited time, free shipping is available from TI’s eStore, making LaunchPad truly a $4.30 development kit 

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