[Win] Name a Device With a MSP430 Microcontroller

Let’s play another game. Do you know of any devices or gadgets in the wild open market that have MSP430 microcontrollers in them? If yes, leave a comment in the section below. We have a Capacitive Touch BoosterPack to give away!

Your submission must have some proof from a credible news source or a picture. Remember to post a link. You can upload images using the comment system below. Contest ends 12:00PM on 2/23/2012.

Winner! announced.

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    • Very good find and a quick response! Thanks for sharing. We are attaching a photo of the Chirp below. it also has a nRF24L01 transceiver.
      [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/garmin_chrip_msp.jpg[/img]

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  1. I’m pretty sure the DHT-11 is a MSP430 value line device.

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    • You mean the humidity sensor?

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      • Yes.

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  2. the bath serie Grohe ONDUS is using the MSP430F149

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    • Nice find. Do you know where it mentions MSP430?

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      • the MSP430 is in the displaycontroller for input control.

        Antother one is in the armature for actor control. The TVM is using servos, while the THM uses a motor for temperature, a servo for flow control and magnetic valves on every outlet.

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    • Did you take it apart? Good stuff.

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    • Sorry should have stated the MCU: MSP430F133 (visible in the second photo).

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    • Sweet! So what is your plan with it?

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      • The hope was to find some sort of port where I could get at the temperature reading. Instead I found a JTAG port, but I had no suitable JTAG debugger at the time.

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  3. Apple iPod shuffle External Battery Pack for the iPod shuffle 1st generation. A TI MSP430F1101A is visible in the closeup photo.

    Product link: http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9759G/A

    Photos:

    [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSCN0882.JPG[/img]
    [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSCN0885a-2.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/M9759.jpg[/img]

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    • Good find!

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    • Totally news to us. Thanks smartApple. BTW, sis you take apart your shuffle.

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      • I wanted to extend the useful life of the iPod shuffle because it is my favorite music player. The shuffle uses a lithium-ion polymer cell which has a limited useful life. Wanting an environmentally friendly solution I opted to use Apple’s iPod shuffle External Battery Pack which can use NiMH AAA cells. I was curious about what was under the hood so I disassembled and reverse engineered the battery pack.

        I was able to purchase additional iPod shuffles and battery packs from eBay dirt cheap. The shuffles work fine, just a dead LiPo cell. I plan to make a solar powered version.

        It is interesting that this is the only iPod produced that Apple provided a power solution for extending its useful life. I have been using mine for 7 years and still going. As long as AAA cells are available, I will continue to shuffle along.

        The picture shows a disassembled shuffle with AA cells for scale.

        [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSCN0889a.jpg[/img]

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    • We remember seeing this. Pretty recent. Thanks!

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  4. Our humble Launchpad uses it’s own msp430 as controller :P

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    • +1

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  5. A company near where I live called Centrak uses msp430′s in their real-time location system sensors. They use them in hospitals to track equipment and staff. The low power aspect of msp430s allows the sensors to operate for 5 years on the same battery.

    http://newscenter.ti.com/Blogs/newsroom/archive/2007/11/08/centrak-uses-ultra-low-power-msp430-mcus-from-texas-instruments-to-streamline-patient-and-equipment-tracking-in-medical-facilities-sc017179.aspx

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    • Thanks John. That’s a good application for the MSP. Looks like it uses RSSI for localization.

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  6. Fluke 117c Digital Multimeter, which has a MSP430F448 in it
    [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSC06613.JPG[/img]

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    • oh, is the image link broken?

      another picture
      [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSC06610.JPG[/img]

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      • We can see it. Thanks! What are the pin headers on the bottom right?

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        • You mean P2 or the 6-pin header with no description?

          I had tested P2, according to the datasheet it should be a serial port. However I didn’t get any signal from it, may be some special “trigger” is needed to enable its serial output.

          Four of the 6-pin header consists a standard 4-wire JTAG, it should be the interface to program the MSP430 during manufacturing.

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    • Good find. If only it was a little cheaper.

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    • Another good find. Thanks MH, you are good.

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    • Thanks skappy. Maybe for another contest.

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    • I’ve seen it all now. They figured it wasn’t good enough to apply Moore’s Law to the blade count ( http://goo.gl/AolWk ) … now they have a “Digital Razor”…. powered by nuclear fusion. Wow!

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  7. This is kinda repeated (I guess nearly all Fluke multimeters have MSP430 inside), but Dave shows MSP430F448 inside detachable display of Fluke 233:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUFrTDo03uA&t=1m20s
    (link contains specified time)

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  8. MarkoeZ pointed out that the MSP-EXP430G2 – MSP430 LaunchPad uses a MSP430.

    TI actually offers quite a few products utilizing their own MSP430.

    EZ430-F2013 – MSP430 USB Stick Development Tool
    EZ430-T2012 – MSP430 USB Stick F2012 Board
    EZ430-RF2500 – MSP430 Wireless Development
    EZ430-RF2500-SEH – MSP430 Solar Energy Harvesting Development Tool
    EZ430-RF2500T – MSP430 2.4-GHz Wireless Target Board
    EZ430-RF256X – EZ430-RF2560x Bluetooth Evaluation Tool
    eZ430-TMS37157 – PaLFI, Passive Low Frequency Evaluation Kit TMS37157
    eZ430-Chronos – Chronos: Wireless development tool in a watch
    MSP-EXP430F5438 – MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board
    MSP-EXP430F5529 – MSP430F5529 USB Experimenter’s Board
    MSP-EXP430FG4618 – MSP430FG4618/F2013 Experimenter Board
    MSP-EXP430FR5739 – MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board
    CC3000FRAMEMK – CC3000 FRAM Evaluation Module Kit
    MSP-WDS430BT1000AD – Bluetooth Wearable Watch development system with Analog & Digital display
    MSP-WDS430BT2000D – Bluetooth Wearable Watch development system with Digital display

    and more…

    Visit http://estore.ti.com/

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  9. MSP430F1121 inside the Helena Laboratories Actalyke Electronic Clotting Tube
    [img]http://www.43oh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMAG0205.jpg[/img]

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  10. A big thanks to everyone who participated. Alot of surprising products here. The contest is now over. The winner will be notified here and by email.

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    • Thanks! another find. We are compiling a list for all the devices listed here. Stay tuned.

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  11. Simon XT home security system from GE uses MSP430F2012 and CC1150′s in its door/window points, main box uses an atmel chip.

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    • Looks like you opened up one?

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      • I did… The new home came with some craptacular home owner installed kit (one you would buy at a store)… I had them nix the contract before I bought the house… monthly fee was like 500% more than what ADT charges! Anyhow, the sellers are going to the BBB over it (various reasons, security company lied to them), so I said I would leave the system alone and in-place for 1 month. After that… I’m tearing into it. If I can figure out how it works, I’ll re-use the points on my own system. ;)

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  12. Motorola Atrix media dock, car dock and apdock all sport a MSP430. will update with the links…

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    • Thanks Steve!. Looks like an integrated radio MSP430.

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  13. Great, thanks for sharing this blog.Thanks Again. Cool.

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  14. Another MSP430 sighting: Nike+ FuelBand

    While the main CPU is an ARM M3, it uses MSP430 + CC2560 combo for bluetooth communication.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xdajSS_cOU
    (MSP430 stars at 13:20)

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    • Thanks. That’s impressive!

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  15. This was spotted from one of the sparkfun tutorials, but this SPOT device(satellite and gps connector) has a f5524.
    http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/340
    See about halfway through the article for the info on the chip.
    Awesome stuff!

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    • Thanks voodoofish. Haven’t seen you in the Forums alot.

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      • Work has been keeping me busy, but I’ve still been working on my LP projects. :)

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    • I just saw that. Nice!

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