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Getting Started with the MSP430 LaunchPad Workshop v210

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Version 2.10 February 2013

Now with CCS 5.3


The Getting Started with the MSP430 LaunchPad Workshop is free, on-line, in-depth introduction into MSP430 basics including:

  • An introduction to the Value Line series of products
  • An overview of Code Composer Studio 5.3
  • Initialization of the MSP430 and programming the GPIO
  • Use of the ADC10 analog-to-digital converter
  • Working with interrupts and the timer
  • Optimizing your code for low-power operation
  • Using serial communications
  • Using the Grace peripheral configuration GUI
  • An overview of FRAM technology (no lab)
  • Optional: Learning to use Capacitive Touch (now also uses the G2553)

Each 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.

Running The Labs

To run the labs, you will need the following:

  • A Windows XP or later computer with 400 MB or more free hard drive space
  • CCS 5.3
  • The workbook pdf
  • The installation file for the workshop labs
  • 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.

Workshop Material

Workshop Video

You can watch a video of the workshop modules by clicking the following links:

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