[J]ustin writes about soldering the ultra tiny SMD 32Khz to the MSP430 Launchpad. He provides a step by step technique on how to get the tiny crystal onto the board with pictures. Soldering these parts can be quite intimidating to beginners – [J]ustin makes this easy – all that you need is some tape, a pair of tweezers and of course a soldering iron.read more
[B]eretta, the blogger from mspsci.blogspot.com has an amazing series for getting started on the MSP430. He starts right from the basics of his hardware setup to software, your first program, timers and then progresses to modules of the MSP. Each blog post comes bundled with source code and the occasional schematic. To make things easier for 430h readers, below is a list of his tutorial series.
See the list after the jump!read more
[K]enneth tries out his hand on the MSP by creating a geeky, yet simple LED clock. His hardware setup is simple consisting of a MSP430, a switch, a bicolor LED , a pushbutton and supporting parts – all this packaged in a gangbox.When not in use the MSP430 goes into sleep mode and only turns on when activated by the pushbutton. All his code and schematics are on his site.
Video after the jump.read more
[K]enneth came up with an amazingly simple idea for creating your own Launchpad Shield – using nothing but a perfboard and a strip of female headers. No more worrying about header spacing.
This is why Texas Instruments didn’t copy Arduino’s idiotic header spacing scheme. That is a random chunk of perf board, with some wire-wrap female header soldered 1.8″ apart. No bending leads, no etching my own perf board, nothing. It’s just friggin easy.read more
[N]JC, a very active and helpful member on the forums, has posted a first draft of the Launchpad shields. He proposes the use of a “Baseboard” with “LaunchShields” stacked over it. The Baseboard will have two rows of headers for connecting to the shields and a third programming header to connect to the LaunchPad for programming.read more
The Next Hope recently finished with attendees wearing an MSP430 based hackable badge. Previous badges were based of Microchop PICs, but shifted to the more power efficient MSP430 line. The badges are built from a MSP430F2618 controller coupled with a NRF24L01+ Nordic 2.4 GHz radio. The badges are active RFID tags which transmit the position of each attendee a few times a second based on OpenBeacon.read more
This is a list of frequently used Launchpad links including the user manual and schematics. This links directly to TI’s wiki so that you download the latest revision of the document.read more
TI has a nice animated gif of the Launchpad wireframe explaining parts of the PCB. This post is strips the frames out individually for your beginner pleasureread more