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MSP430 Projects

MSP430 is a very low power microcontroller architecture from Texas Instruments. It is a huge ecosystem of many devices to choose from. Low power of these micros enables many battery operated applications achieve a long operating life. Also these are 16-bit controllers, so a performance boost is obvious over equivalent 8-bit parts. This is just one of the reasons why many industrial designs are adopting them. Since they are now in so widespread use, any embedded enthusiast must learn how to use
them in their projects.

A good starting point might be "MSP430 Microcontroller Basics" by John H. Davies. It is available from the internet and here's a direct link. It starts with a general review  of the embedded systems and then introduces the MSP430 family: basic hardware like ports, clock generator, peripherals etc., development environment and the usual Hello World example and then goes on to explain every peripheral in detail.

Of course you'll still need to refer to the datasheet of the specific device you are considering to use in your project AND the User Guide for that family of the MSP430. Like, for example, the devices MSP430G2553 and MSP430F5324 belong to MSP430Gxx and MSP430F5xx families respectively. These can be downloaded from TI website easily. One thing I personally like about the MSP430 in particular is the community support you get and how easily you can get started and running your first project. MSP430 evaluation boards are quite popular among the hobbyists as they are not much expensive, like the one shown below:

TI also has extensive example code on their website for almost all of the devices under the name MSPware so you can be up and running in no time.

I am publishing some of my projects with MSP430 here:

Subpages (1): Hello World MSP430