MSP430 Compiler (IDE) Options
Texas Instruments and several third party developers offer compilers and Integrated Development Environments (IDE) to program all MSP430 devices. Free, c-code limited versions are available for download.
There are two software tools supported by TI:
For the MSP430 both CCS and IAR are very good products and are actively supported by TI technical support. IAR has been around longer and therefore is a bit more stable of a product, but both will serve you well. IAR has a slightly faster compiler but has a lower code limit for the free version (4K). Though CCS has a slower compiler it has a higher code limit for the free version (16K).
Primary Online Resource MSP430 Software tools page
Getting started with the software tools:
- MSP430 New project guides: IARCCS
- The FET User’s Guide has a “flashing the LED demo” here: IAR FET User's Guide (SLAU138), CCS FET User's Guide (SLAU157)
We also have 3rd party software tools available here.