Open source community powers TI MSP430
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.