Instruments MSP 430 workshop
they are going to give us a free usb based development kit for
their new microcontroller!”
My friend Pradeep couldn't believe his ears when I broke the
news. I couldn’t believe it either. We were really looking
forward to this workshop conducted by Texas Instruments (TI)
in association with Arrow Electronics here in Mumbai. And as
a topping on the cake, it was conducted at a five star hotel,
Le Meridian, Andheri.
was about TI’s MSP430 series of low power 16bit microcontrollers,
targeted mostly at the handheld and battery operated devices.
They are based on a really interesting architecture and achieve
the highest code density in their class. I was impressed.
and Microchip have a great samples program. And this is exactly
the reason why I love these corporations. It’s not about
getting free samples, but it’s about the attitude they
portray through these programs. These are the guys who really
want to reach out to the people and help them use their products.
I still remember my early days playing with PIC16F84, that too
in junior college. I started off with zero investment and ended
up with an emotional attachment to these chips. I guess their
marketing strategy - if that’s what you would like to
call it - worked like a charm on me.
Texas Instruments carved out a special place in my mind as well.
As soon as I reached home, I took out the free development kit,
installed its software components, loaded a sample program and
watched in excitement as the tiny led blinked. It was like going
back to the moment when I wrote my first program. I think i'm
going to spend a lot of time on the chip.
kit came in a nicely packed cover, sorta like a DVD
you can see, it contains the CD and the actual development
looks similar to an USB flash storage device, but the
resemblance ends right there.
access the target board you need to take-apart the cover.
Very tight in the begining.
it is, finally to the bare bottom. Notice the main usb
to serial converter chip.
target board easily detaches from the emulator. It can
work with and without the emulator.
back side of the emulator consisting of the MSP430 F16x
main target board consists of the MSP430-F2013 16bit
for some coding. Let the fun begin!
Further information please refer to the following websites:
Oh, and did I mention we had a three course lunch too? Burp
Updated: 14 June 2006