MSP430 Toolchain Under Mac OS X

MSP430 Toolchain Under Mac OS X

[R]eid Burke was able to install the MSP430 toolchain on his Mac. USB drivers for the emulator for OS X have not been officially released by TI, but drivers are available for evaluation use. Step by step guide after the break.

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Launchpad Mini Proto Board – Ready to Ship.

Launchpad Mini Proto Board – Ready to Ship.

[J]oe contacted us on his newly created Launchpad creation – the mini proto board. These boards sit on top of the launchPad headers and provide a reasonable breadboarding space for your projects. There is space for two LEDs, decoupling capacitors and all the Launchpad header pins. A 170 tie point breadboard can be attached to it providing even more flexibility while prototyping your projects. Links after the break.

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An MSP430 based Clock

An MSP430 based Clock

[S]impleAvr alerted us about his simple MSP430 based clock. The clock uses a MSP430G2231 controller which comes packaged with the LaunchPad. Since the 4 digit 7 Segment display needs a total of 32 lines for control and the controller has only 10 lines, he uses multiplexing to turn on required segments. Taking advantage of our persistence of vision or POV, the code cheats our eyes in seeing the full time. Links after the break.

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Programming the MSP430 Watchdog Timer

Programming the MSP430 Watchdog Timer

[J]ustin posted a deatiled writeup on how to train the MSP430’s Dog. He writes on how to access it by setting the password register, turning it on or off to using it as a program monitor in case your progam crashes. Details inside.

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Controlling Servo Motors with the Launchpad

Controlling Servo Motors with the Launchpad

[V]ihapuu managed to get not one, but two, servos working with the TI Launchpad. Not much description, but he posted his code on pastebin. Code looks fairly simple with Timer_A_0 providing all the timing. Links and video inside.

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MSPhere : A MSP430 Framework – An Initiative.

MSPhere : A MSP430 Framework – An Initiative.

[G]atesphere is hard at work in creating a MSP430 library similar to the Arduino. Aptly called MSPhere( MSP – Here), he’s set on a mission to create a framework for interfacing low level hardware on the MSP430 micro-controllers. Later he also plans to write functions similar to the Arduino libraries. You can follow his progress on his forum thread or on his wiki. Links inside.

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Poll Results – Have you received your Launchpad?

Poll Results – Have you received your Launchpad?

Results are in. A total of 21 people voted. Not many, but very good considering this is a new community. 14 people were waiting for their Launchpads. Looks like TI had a bulk shipment in the past week as many people are now receiving their boards. More information when you click the title of this post.

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Another DIY Launchpad Shield

Another DIY Launchpad Shield

[S]imple AVR came up with his own version of a Launchpad prototyping shield He uses a 170 point breadboard mounted onto a perf board and with a combination of male and female headers creates an very nice platform for prototyping you project. More information inside.

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