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Online ez24

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Thoughts on Energia - Arduino IDE for TI MSP430 boards
« on: December 09, 2017, 07:31:27 AM »
Has anyone tried Energia for MSP430 boards?  Energia is an Arduino compatible IDE for TI MSP430.
I have not tried it, I am starting to learn Arduino so I will start with the real IDE first.

http://energia.nu/

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Re: Thoughts on Energia - Arduino IDE for TI MSP430 boards
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 08:56:58 AM »
Energia brings all the advantages and disadvantages of the Arduino IDE to TIs inexpensive MSP430 and ARM dev boards.

Personally, I like it for quick projects - though I’m sure the hardcore embedded developers will pooh pooh it...
 
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Re: Thoughts on Energia - Arduino IDE for TI MSP430 boards
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 07:24:50 PM »
I've used it quite a bit, and it has it's advantages. One of them being that energia sketches can be imported into code composer studio (free from TI) so that you can debug your programs properly (could be that the Arduino/AVR has the similar toolchain, didn't look for it, but it worked very well with MSP).
Also, the MSP's are extremely 'project friendly' in that they run off 2 x AA batteries, down to 2.1V or thereabouts (*),  are very low power and runs without a crystal.

Could be that Arduino offer similar advantages, I'm sure the experts will be able to chime in.

(*) Such low supply voltages on the MSP430 requires a lower clock frequency than what the standard Energia setup uses, but it's very simple to add a piece of code inline in your sketch that reduce the frequency to e.g. 8MHz, so that you are witing 'SOA'.
 
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