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The MSP430 Design Workshop is an in-depth introduction into MSP430. This course is based around the MSP430 Launchpad development boards.

The workshop now supports two different Launchpad’s:

·         The new MSP430FR5969 FRAM Launchpad (also called the Wolverine Launchpad) brings the lowest-power MCU to the Launchpad series of development boards. The on-chip FRAM provides the lowest-power, most flexible non-volatile memory storage solution available today. This Launchpad also includes a “Super Cap”; this capacitor can run the board for long periods of time – acting like a rechargeable battery.

·         The MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad kit can be used to create various USB devices:  Human Interface (HID), Communication (CDC), and Memory Storage (MSC). A unique design lets you simultaneously use the same USB cable for development and USB device testing.

        But, it doesn’t stop there; with the ‘F5529 Launchpad, it’s easy to build interactive solutions using its on-board push buttons, LEDs, and the BoosterPack XL (extra input/output pins routed to a standard connector set) for easy integration of external devices. In other words, this board provides a great platform to combine your microcontroller inventiveness with the communications prevalence of USB.

With the June announcement of the ‘FR5969 FRAM Launchpad and the new MSP-FET (emulation tool), the MSP430 now supports exciting new Energy Trace technology. This allows you to determine your program’s actual energy usage – and do so more accurately than with the traditional multi-meter. Our new Low-Power Optimization chapter shows you how to use this new capability.

Workshop Agenda:

  • An introduction to the MSP430 Family of microcontrollers
  • Writing C with Code Composer Studio
  • Programming the GPIO with MSP430ware
  • Getting to Active Mode: Initialization & Clocking on the MSP430
  • Interrupts: Are You Pushing my Buttons?
  • Generating Interrupts, Signals and PWM with Timers
  • Optimizing for Ultra-Low Power using the ULP Advisor and Energy Trace
  • Using the MSP430 Real-Time Clock (RTC)
  • Using Non-Volatile Memory (Flash and FRAM)
  • Building USB Devices
  • Working with Energia (i.e. Arduino) on the TI Launchpad’s

Each of these chapters includes an in-depth lab exercise that will step you through the usage, programming and testing of the module’s topic.

Take Home hardware – you can choose to go home with either:

v  MSP430 USB Launchpad (MSP-EXP430F5529LP)

v  MSP430 Wolverine Launchpad (MSP-BNDL-FR5969LCD)

The LaunchPad is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike.

General Info section:

Download the latest MSP430 Workshop materials here.

Why LaunchPad? The LaunchPad is an easy-to-use, affordable, and scalable introduction to the world of microcontrollers and the MSP430 family.

Easy-to-use – LaunchPad includes all of the hardware and software needed to get started. Open source projects and code examples help users get up and running quickly.

Affordable – The Launchpad kits include a development board, micro-USB cable, and free & downloadable software integrated development environments (IDEs) – everything you need to get started today. (When taking the workshop in-person from TI, you will receive one of these kits for free.)

The MSP430F5529 USB Launchpad is only $12.99; while the MSP430FR5969 FRAM Launchpad comes in a bundle with an LCD for $29.99.

Scalable – The MSP430FR5969 Wolverine FRAM Launchpad joins the MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad and MSP430G2553 Value-line Launchpad in offering a simple introduction to the MSP430 microcontroller family. As application requirements change, programs developed on these LaunchPad’s can be migrated to other MSP430 device families.

Take Home hardware will be passed out at the start of the workshop – it will include one of these kits:

·         MSP430F5529 USB LaunchPad Kit (MSP-EXP430F5529LP) (US $12.99) – or –

·         MSP430 Wolverine Launchpad (MSP-BNDL-FR5969LCD)  

This class requires that you bring your own laptop to class to run the lab exercises. You will need the following software loaded prior to class start:

  • The Installation Setup Guide for the class tells you how & what to install
  • A Windows 7 or later computer with 2G or more free hard drive space
  • Code Composer Studio v6.0 (or later)
  • MSP430ware (latest version)
  • MSP430 USB Developers Package
  • The workbook course notes
  • The workshop lab files


Cancellation Policy Workshops are subject to cancellation if minimum number of attendees is not met one week prior to the date of the workshop. Please contact