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Electronics => Microcontrollers => Topic started by: TimNJ on December 02, 2013, 12:12:17 am

Title: Getting started with TI's Code Composer for MSP430
Post by: TimNJ on December 02, 2013, 12:12:17 am
Hi guys,

I'm a first year EE student. My college seems to be pushing Arduino, and while I see how it makes a good introduction to microcontrollers, I think they should really use something more industry accepted. Over winter break, which is coming soon, I want to do a little bit of experimenting with MSP430. I have NO experience with them at all, but I really do want to give them a try.

I've downloaded Code Composer Studio. It's based off Eclipse which I've used before, but I still don't know much about programming microcontrollers, other than what I have briefly learned with Arduino. I'm also not an Arduino expert by any means. I just want to try learning something more practical.

What's a good way to get started? Interestingly, the school engineering library has MSP430 Microcontroller Basics, which I've skimmed through. I wonder if it applies to CCS as well. They seem to reference the IAR IDE a lot. Any simple-ish tutorials out there?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Getting started with TI's Code Composer for MSP430
Post by: Stonent on December 02, 2013, 12:33:55 am
You can use Energia to program the MSP430, it's a port of Arduino for it. It might be a good transition to CCS because you name the pins by port rather than just the pin #.

You'll need to learn how to address the pins first when moving to any different MCU platform.
Title: Re: Getting started with TI's Code Composer for MSP430
Post by: westfw on December 02, 2013, 04:40:29 am
IIRC, TI had some pretty good tutorials for their launchpads.  (The one I looked at in detail was for the Stellaris Launchpad, but it looks like they have similar things for MSP430.)
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Getting_Started_with_the_MSP430_LaunchPad_Workshop (http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Getting_Started_with_the_MSP430_LaunchPad_Workshop)
Title: Re: Getting started with TI's Code Composer for MSP430
Post by: TimNJ on December 02, 2013, 07:44:11 am
I remember reading about Energia somewhere. If I can't seem to learn CCS with enough ease, maybe I'll try it as a stepping stone.

West, thanks for sharing. Those do indeed look to be high quality resources. That's probably what I'll try using at first.
 
Title: Re: Getting started with TI's Code Composer for MSP430
Post by: rsjsouza on December 02, 2013, 11:48:18 am
You may also want to take a look at the MSP430Ware (http://software-dl.ti.com/msp430/msp430_public_sw/mcu/msp430/MSP430ware/latest/index_FDS.html).

Specifically for CCS, check its getting started guide (http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/CCSv5_Getting_Started_Guide) and its training page (http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Category:CCS_Training). After getting your feet wet, the wiki category (http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Category:Code_Composer_Studio_v5) has dozens of pages that talk about various things.