MSP430 LaunchPad Development Kit | Hello my friends, on this article, I will give an overview about one of the popular microcontroller minimum systems/development kit/evaluation board which manufactured by Texas Instruments (TI). The product I mean is MSP430 LaunchPad Development kit, please see figure 1 to know the visualization and figure 2 to know the top-view layout. 

According to the user guide document of this development kit [2], the MSP430 LaunchPad Development kit is an inexpensive and simple development kit for the MSP430G2xx Value Line series of microcontrollers. It is an easy way to start developing on the MSP430 MCUs with on-board emulation for programming and debugging as well as buttons and LEDs for a simple user interface. 

Rapid prototyping is simplified by the 20-pin BoosterPack™ plug-in module headers which support a wide range of available BoosterPack plug-in modules. You can quickly add features like wireless connectivity, graphical displays, environmental sensing, and much more. You can either design your own BoosterPack plug-in module or choose among many already available from TI and third-party developers. 

The LaunchPad development kit features an integrated DIP target socket that supports up to 20 pins, allowing MSP430 Value Line devices to be plugged into the LaunchPad development kit. The MSPEXP430G2 LaunchPad development kit comes with an MSP430G2553 MCU by default. The MSP430G2553 MCU has the most memory available of the compatible Value Line devices. The MSP430G2553 16-bit MCU has 16KB of flash, 512 bytes of RAM, up to 16-MHz CPU speed, a 10-bit ADC, capacitive-touch enabled I/Os, universal serial communication interface, and more – plenty to get you started in your development. 

Figure 1. MSP430 LaunchPad development kit 

MSP430 LaunchPad Development Kit Features 
  • USB debugging and programming interface featuring a driverless installation and application UARTserial communication with up to 9600 Baud. 
  • Supports MSP430G2xx2, MSP430G2xx3, and MSP430F20xx devices in PDIP14 or PDIP20 packages. 
  • Two general-purpose digital I/O pins connected to green and red LEDs for visual feedback 
  • Two push button for user feedback and device reset 
  • Easily accessible device pins for debugging purposes or as socket for adding customized extension boards. 
  • High-quality 20-pin DIP socket for an easy plug-in or removal of the target device 
Figure 2. MSP430 LaunchPad development kit (Top-view layout) 

MSP430 LaunchPad Development Support Software 
To getting started to develop an embedded systems project or prototype using MSP430 LaunchPad development kit, TI has provided an integrated development environment (IDE) that you can use for free. The IDE name is Code Composer Studio for MSP microcontroller. To download and get more information about this IDE, please visit the website page below: 

And to get the latest version of this IDE, please visit this page below: 

Key Documents 
Below is some documents that useful for you to getting started using MSP430 LaunchPad development kit: 


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