Getting Started with the MSP430 LaunchPad Workshop

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Supported LaunchPad's include:
MSP-EXP430FR5969, MSP-EXP430FR4133, MSP-EXP430F5529LP, MSP-EXP430FR6989, MSP-EXP432P401R
MSP Design Workshop
Version 4.01/4.50
Aug 2015

Newly added - lab solutions for MSP430FR6989 and MSP432 LaunchPads

Updated Workshop Features:

  • Added solutions for the MSP432 LaunchPad
  • Added solutions for the MSP430FR6989 LaunchPad
  • Still supports the 'F5529 USB, 'FR4133 LCD, and 'FR5969 FRAM LaunchPads
  • Narrative added Segmented LCD chapter
  • Updated to the latest version of MSPWare DriverLib (v2.x)


The The MSP Design Workshop is an in-depth introduction into MSP microcontroller basics. The LaunchPad is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike for creating microcontroller-based applications.

This hands-on workshop provides lab exercises that can be used to learn how to program any MSP device. The lab solution files, though, specifically support both of the following boards (see part numbers further down this web page):

  • MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad
  • MSP430FR5969 FRAM LaunchPad
  • MSP430FR6989 FRAM LCD LaunchPad
  • MSP430FR4133 FRAM LCD LaunchPad
  • MSP432P401R 32-bit LaunchPad

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

Download Workshop Files

Note: The Workshop Lab Files and Installation Guide have been updated to revision 4.50. The Course Workbook should be updated soon.

Installation Guide: MSP_Design_Workshop_Installation_Guide.pdf (v4.50) PDF (909KB) Jul 6, 2015
Course Workbook: MSP_Design_Workshop.pdf (v4.01) PDF (35MB) Feb 9, 2015
Workshop Lab Files: MSP_Design_Workshop_Lab_Files.exe (v4.50) EXE (50MB) Aug 1, 2015 (v4.50) ZIP (51MB) Aug 1, 2015

NOTES: - Install 'either' the .exe or .zip files provided above. The .zip file was added for Linux and Mac users.
- When you download the 'setup' file, you may notice that the ".exe" portion of the filename has been removed. If this happens, simply rename the file,
and append ".exe" to the end of the filename so you can run the installer. This is an issue with our server which we hope to resolve soon.
- If you are using an older device (without Driver Library support), we suggest that you read/watch
the chapter discussions in this workshop, but refer to the labs and solutions found in the 'G2553 Value-Line LaunchPad Workshop .

Workshop Reference and Information
Revision history: MSP_Design_Workshop_Readme_v4_50.txt
Checksums: md5 (Aug 24, 2015)


The topics for this course include:

# Chapter Description Video
1. Introduction An introduction to the MSP430 Family of Products N/A
2. Code Composer Studio (CCS) Introduction to Code Composer Studio IDE Link (28:08)
3. Using MSPWare with GPIO Use MSPWare's DriverLib to utilize GPIO Link (20:41)
4. Clocking & Init Configure the various clocks on the MSP430 a. Reset Modes Link  (4:37)
b. Clocks Link (14:08)
c. DCO (init/calib) Link  (9:41)
d. System Init Link  (9:18)
e. Lab Abstract Link  (1:36)
5. Interrupts Working with interrupts on the MSP430 Link (31:40)
6. Timers Exploring Timer_A (and _B) Link (30:16)
7. Low-Power Optimization Optimizing power using EnergyTrace and the ULP Advisor Link (27:14)
8. Real-Time Clock (RTC) How the Real-Time Clock works Link  (7:16)
9. Non-Volatile Memory Using Flash & FRAM Link (18:35)
10. USB Communications Using the MSP430's USB module and API Stack (F5529) Link (19:18)
11. Energia (Arduino) Using Energia (Arduino for the MSP430) Link (18:35)
12. LCD Using Segmented LCD's (FR4133) Coming Soon

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:

  • A Windows 7 (or later), Linux, or MacOS (beta) computer with 1.5GB or more free hard drive space.
(Note, though, that the lab directions were written and validated against the Windows version of tools.)
  • Install the following according to the Installation Guide (see link above):
  • The workshop materials:
    • The workshop course manual (see link above)
    • The labs and solutions files (see link above)
  • One of the following three LaunchPad boards:
  • One female-to-female jumper wire (here’s a pack of them, as an example, from adafruit)
  • If you are using the F5529 USB LaunchPad, you will need to use the new MSP-FET for measuring energy usage during the Low Power Optimization lab exercise. We provide them for in-class use.
  • MSP-FET (Flash/FRAM Emulation Tool) supports measurement of energy with the EnergyTrace feature for all MSP430 devices (US $115.00)

Instructor Materials

  • The PowerPoint presentation is zipped up here (zip) (61MB) (Feb 9, 2015)
  • If you are printing books for students (and want to save the environment), here is a 'labs' only PDF. (pdf) (12MB) (Feb 9, 2015)
(Note, this book is a subset of the Workshop Guide.)

Additional Training and Workshop Resources

Other Resources