Getting Started With The Msp430 Launchpad by Adrian FernandezGetting Started With The Msp430 Launchpad by Adrian Fernandez

Getting Started With The Msp430 Launchpad

byAdrian Fernandez, Dung DangEditorAdrian Fernandez

Paperback | April 19, 2013

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This book explores the world of microcontroller development through friendly lessons and progressively challenging projects, which will have you blink LEDs, make music with buzzers & interact with different sensors like accelerometers and temperature sensors. This book is focused on the MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit, which is a complete microcontroller development platform that includes everything you need to start creating microcontroller-based projects. Many of the 25+ projects will also leverage external components, such as the highly-integrated Educational BoosterPack, which is a modular extension to the LaunchPad and includes many components such as an RGB LED, character LCD & potentiometer.

This book provides helpful guides that break down hardware circuits through visual diagrams and includes fully-commented code examples. Concepts are broken down and explained in an easy to follow language and analogies to help you understand the principles behind each project/system. The projects will encourage you to use and even combine the fundamental concepts to develop your ideas in creating new microcontroller solutions.

Coverage includes:

  • Digital Input/Output: buttons, LEDs, turning anything into a button
  • Analog Input/Output: sensors, temperature, accelerometer, potentiometer, etc.
  • Programming fundamentals: conditional branches & loops, flow, logic, number systems
  • Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM): square wave, buzzer, analog signal simulation
  • Serial Communication: UART, SPI & I2C
  • Code development using Energia, a free, open-source code editor and compiler
  • Debugging through serial communication with a computer
  • Interfacing with external components such as LEDs, buzzers, potentiometers, sensors & more.

With the help of this book, you will be challenged to think about developing your own unique microcontroller-based application, and you will be equipped to start solving various problems, adding intelligence to existing products, or even developing your own innovative creations with a LaunchPad development kit.



  • Includes over 25 projects which focuses on a learn by doing approach
  • Contains easy to follow diagrams and code examples
  • Covers Programming fundamentals, such as conditional branches and loops, flow, logic, number systems

About The Author

Adrian Fernandez is the manager of the Microcontroller Customer Experience team at Texas Instruments and holds a B.S.E.E from the University of Texas at Austin. In his role, he is responsible for defining the microcontroller development ecosystem and augmenting the ways developers interact and develop with TI microcontrollers. In recen...
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Title:Getting Started With The Msp430 LaunchpadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 19, 2013Publisher:NewnesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0124115888

ISBN - 13:9780124115880

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Table of Contents

1. Prepare for Liftoff - Welcome!

2. Meet the LaunchPad

3. The Fellowship of the LaunchPad

4. Meet Energia - a software development environment

5. Day in the life of a microcontroller

6. Think digitally

7. The Ins and Outs of Digital I/O

8. Analog: The infinite shades of grey.

9. 1s & 0s Revisited: The digital stream

10. The Languages of LaunchPad

11. LaunchPad is just the beginning

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