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.
chirp is a one-of-a-kind wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching. In this device is a Texas Instruments MSP430F2350. I Have one of this it is fun!! tnx Ti
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.
The CubeSat http://www.cubesatkit.com/ comes with among others TI’s ultra-low-power 16-bit MSP430F1612/1611/2618 MCUs
see flyer: http://www.cubesatkit.com/docs/cubesatkitflyer.pdf
Voltree (http://www.voltreepower.com) also use MSP430 as seen in this flyer: http://www.voltreepower.com/pdfs/2011_TICaseStudy.pdf
I’m pretty sure the DHT-11 is a MSP430 value line device.
You mean the humidity sensor?
SensoLite Nova and SensoLite Nova Plus blood glucose meters.
All the blood glucose meters produced by this company are based on MSP430 MCUs.
the bath serie Grohe ONDUS is using the MSP430F149
a link to Grohe ONDUS: http://www.grohe.de/p/22_1218.html
Nice find. Do you know where it mentions MSP430?
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.
The 1st gen of the philips living colors remotes us a Msp430F135
Did you take it apart? Good stuff.
The CHY 110 low cost IR non-contact thermometer. Product link:
My tear down photos:
I purchased this from Maplin (a Radio Shack like retail chain in Ireland/UK) a few years ago.
Sorry should have stated the MCU: MSP430F133 (visible in the second photo).
Sweet! So what is your plan with it?
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.
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
Totally news to us. Thanks smartApple. BTW, sis you take apart your shuffle.
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.
I’ve seen a few teardowns on Hackaday – here’s one:
Fluke 54 II Thermometer (http://hackaday.com/2011/09/10/adding-fluke-54-ii-features-to-a-51-ii-thermometer/)
Not my picture, but the Boogie Board (http://www.improvelectronics.com)includes an MSP430F2001, as seen over there : http://eclecti.cc/hardware/a-failed-hack-boogie-board-lcd-writing-tablet
bodymedia FITTM wearable medical devices
We remember seeing this. Pretty recent. Thanks!
Our humble Launchpad uses it’s own msp430 as controller 😛
The Cyber Cortex AV is a kickstart’d FPGA dev board, whose software includes a number of pre-synthesized cores. One of them (Cyber 4:30) is an MSP430-clone configuration.
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.
Thanks John. That’s a good application for the MSP. Looks like it uses RSSI for localization.
Fluke 117c Digital Multimeter, which has a MSP430F448 in it
oh, is the image link broken?
We can see it. Thanks! What are the pin headers on the bottom right?
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.
Span by Shimmer is a 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 radio module. “Span uses the popular combination of an MSP430 processor and a CC2420 radio transceiver.”
Good find. If only it was a little cheaper.
The PoolMate® is an automatic lap and stroke counter for swimmers.
Another good find. Thanks MH, you are good.
Fluke 28 Series II Multimeter : http://www.eevblog.com/images/Fluke28pcbbottom2.jpg
Also, the Smart Tweezer :
What about an OS for the MSP430 ?
Here is the link
Have a nice day
Thanks skappy. Maybe for another contest.
Welcome in a world of sense …
Wish you a nice day
One more for the fun …
Wireless sensor/actuator modules, just the reason why MSP430s were designed.
Also used in:
It’s in your Razor from Gillette:
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!
Gamma-Scout Geiger counter:
Inside photo at: http://rolffreitag.de/projects/gmz/
This is kinda repeated (I guess nearly all Fluke multimeters have MSP430 inside), but Dave shows MSP430F448 inside detachable display of Fluke 233:
(link contains specified time)
MSP430FE427 inside UNI-T UT325 Thermometer
China WPW-694428 water meter:
There are some easy to find papers “Design of Remote Digital Water Meter Based on MSP430FW427” in Chinese, so that might be a suspect.
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
The Extech 380193 LCR meter uses a MSP430 chip.
You can see it here in one of Dave Jones of EEVBLOG’s episodes at 18.22 minutes in.
MSP430F1121 inside the Helena Laboratories Actalyke Electronic Clotting Tube
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.
National Instruments Wireless Sensor Nodes are using a TI MSP430 microcontroller like this one : http://sine.ni.com/nips/cds/view/p/lang/fr/nid/207088
You can have a proof right here : http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/8981 :
“NI WSN measurement nodes are powered by a TI MSP430 microcontroller that is optimized for low-power, multiyear deployment instead of processor speed, memory, and computing power.”
Late to the party, but just stumbled across a mention of MSP430F2112 in this teardown of the Pantech Element tablet (no picture, but mentioned at the end under “other devices found..”.
Thanks! another find. We are compiling a list for all the devices listed here. Stay tuned.
I came across this one today. A hotel room lock using an msp430
Simon XT home security system from GE uses MSP430F2012 and CC1150’s in its door/window points, main box uses an atmel chip.
Looks like you opened up one?
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. 😉
The Nook Wifi reader !
As seen there : http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/cracking-open-the-2011-barnes-noble-nook-e-book-reader-wi-fi/6243892?seq=41
Motorola Atrix media dock, car dock and apdock all sport a MSP430. will update with the links…
originally posted by me
The Kensington WiFi Finder:
Thanks Steve!. Looks like an integrated radio MSP430.
Great, thanks for sharing this blog.Thanks Again. Cool.
Another MSP430 sighting: Nike+ FuelBand
While the main CPU is an ARM M3, it uses MSP430 + CC2560 combo for bluetooth communication.
(MSP430 stars at 13:20)
Thanks. That’s impressive!
This was spotted from one of the sparkfun tutorials, but this SPOT device(satellite and gps connector) has a f5524.
See about halfway through the article for the info on the chip.
Thanks voodoofish. Haven’t seen you in the Forums alot.
Work has been keeping me busy, but I’ve still been working on my LP projects. 🙂
I know this is an old post, but this remote controlled sex toy has to be included!
It contained a MSP430 until someone hacked hers…
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