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[FAQ] MSP-GANG: Software Update - Faster Programming Times

Part Number: MSP-GANG

Hello!

We are excited to announce a new software update for the MSP-GANG device! Thanks to this new update, programming times have dropped by a substantial amount (up to 32.1% on certain devices)!

For those of you who may not be familiar with MSP-GANG programmers, here is some background.

What is MSP-GANG?

  • MSP-GANG is a MSP430/MSP432 device programmer that can program up to eight identical MSP430/MSP432 Flash or FRAM devices at the same time via JTAG , Spy-Bi-Wire or BSL interface.
  • The MSP-GANG connects to a host PC using a standard RS-232 or USB connection and provides flexible programming options that allow the user to fully customize the process.
  • It comes with a DLL (dynamic link library) which enables the customer to define their specific programing flows and an intuitive GUI to make programing easy.
  • Several programming modes include:
    • Interactive Mode: Programming while connected to PC using the MSP-GANG Programmer GUI.
    • Program from Image: An image can be stored on the MSP-GANG, which contains configuration options and code files. This allows users to program MSP devices without being connected to a PC (standalone mode).
    • Programming from Script: Enables developers to automate more complicated programming procedures.
  • Regular SW releases can be downloaded from our product page to add new devices and new features/enhancements.
  • Check out the MSP-GANG Product Page!

Benefits of the Software Update & Data

This update provides users with

  • Up to 32.1% higher throughput. This allows users to increase production capacity without additional financial investments.
  • Lower test times, which in turn results in lower production costs.

Programming Time Comparison



How Does Using FRAM Over Flash Reduce Programming Time?

Using FRAM has 2 benefits over Flash:

  • FRAM does not have to be blank before programing. This mean you can skip BLANK check and save time:
    • Connect Target > ERASE FRAM > BLANK check > Write Application Code > Verify
    • You can quick write to FRAM. This means you can directly write from JTAG to FRAM instead of copying the data to RAM first.
      • Save the time required to load application program (RAM loader) and data into RAM of target device.

Get the update here!

Thanks,

Mitch

MSP FRAM Applications

  • Hi Mitch!

    Thanks for sharing this information about MSP-GANG. Very helpful!

    Regards,

    James

    MSP Customer Applications

    NOTE: I'm out of office until January 2nd due to the US holidays, so responses will be delayed. Thanks for your patience!

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