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Getting Started with the MSP430G2553 Value-Line LaunchPad Workshop

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Version 2.22
July 2013

Authors Note (July 2014)

  • This workshop was last updated for CCSv5.4, but we have verified that all of the lab exercises run under CCSv6. Although, recent updates to the Grace and CapTouch tools mean the lab instructions for these two chapters will (eventually) need to be updated.
  • If you are planning to use the MSP430F2xx or 'G2xx devices, such as found on the 'G2553 Value-Line Launchpad, we recommend that you read the chapter (and/or watch the videos) provided as part of the MSP430_Design_Workshop, as they go into more depth than the discussions found on this page. Then, use the lab exercises and solutions found in this course, because they are tailored for these devices.


The Getting Started with the MSP430G2553 Value-Line LaunchPad Workshop is an in-depth introduction into MSP430 basics. The LaunchPad is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike for creating microcontroller-based applications.

This on-line, in-depth workshop is free.

You can watch a video of the workshop modules by clicking the 'Links' in the Video column.

The topics for this course include:

# Chapter Description Download Video
0. Install Guide Software Installation Procedures for Workshop Lab Exercises Installation Guide (470KB)
July 10, 2013

Course Workbook (17M)
July 10, 2013

Lab Files (2.3M)
June 2, 2013
1. Introduction An introduction to the MSP430 Value Line series of products Link
2. Code Composer Studio (CCS) Introduction to Code Composer Studio IDE Link
3. GPIO and Initialization Initialization of the MSP430 and programming the GPIO Link
4. Analog to Digital Convertor Use of the ADC10 analog-to-digital converter Link
5. Interrupts and Timers Working with interrupts and the timer Link
6. Low Power Optimziation Optimizing your code for low-power operation Link
7. Serial Communications Using serial communications Link
8. Grace Using the Grace peripheral configuration GUI Link
9. FRAM An overview of FRAM technology (no lab) Link
10. Capacitive_Touch Learning to use Capacitive Touch N/A
11. Energia (Arduino) Using Energia (Arduino for the MSP430) Link

Revision history: MSP430_Launchpad_Workshop_Readme.txt

Running The Labs

Most of these sections includes an in-depth lab that will step you through the usage, programming and testing of the peripheral(s) or tool(s) covered.

To run the labs, you will need the following: Note: You can also find these directions in the Workshop Installation Guide.

  • A Windows XP or later computer with 1GB or more free hard drive space
  • CCS 5.4
  • The workshop course manual (see table above)
  • The labs and solutions files (see table above)
  • The LaunchPad development tool
  • Temperature Demo GUI
  • Optional: A Digital Multi-meter capable of measuring DC volts and microamps. An example can be found here. You may also find a pair of mini-clip jumper wires useful, like these: Banana plug to mini clip patch cords
  • Optional: One of the lab steps covers testing and using the crystal included with the kit. This crystal must be installed on the LaunchPad board. Steps are described here. An inexpensive soldering iron is needed to install the crystal, like this one.
  • Optional: Module 10 covers the Capacitive Touch BoosterPack. If you want to run these labs, you will need the US$10 Boosterpack. See the material for additional required downloads.

Instructor Materials

  • The PowerPoint presentation is ppt (zip) (23MB) (July 10, 2013)

Workshop Archive

The previous version of the workshop has been archived. If necessary, you can find it here:

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