When you are starting development, there are many items required before you can begin working. You need a development board like a LaunchPad, some sort of development environment, driver libraries, examples and documentation, etc... Finding and setting up all of these items can take significant time. When your new LaunchPad arrives, the last thing you want to do is find and install all of these other items. You want to start using it as soon as you open the box. With traditional desktop tools that wish might be a dream, but with cloud-based tools it can become a reality.

TI's new cloud-based development tools for ultra-low-power MSP MCU family, including the new MSP432 MCU platform, enable you to plug in your LaunchPad, go to a URL and start working!

TI provides a number of cloud-based software development tools including Resource Explorer, CCS Cloud and PinMux.  In this post I am going to focus on the first two.

Resource Explorer

Similar to the Resource Explorer that is built into the Code Composer Studio (CCS) integrated development environment, the Cloud version enables you to browse all of the examples, libraries, documentation and demo applications available for your selected LaunchPad.  The big advantage here is that you don't have to go, find and install any of those items. You tell Resource Explorer which board or device you are using and it discovers all the available content from the cloud and makes it available for immediate use. Another advantage of working in the cloud is that you don't have to worry about not having the latest documentation or examples as it is always the latest version.

CCS Cloud

Another tool is CCS Cloud, which is a simplified development environment. You can import any of the examples from Resource Explorer into CCS Cloud and start using and modifying them. From CCS Cloud, you can then program the LaunchPad and run the application.

Since your projects are all stored in the cloud you can work from anywhere. Simply log into the cloud and all your projects and source files are available in your CCS Cloud workspace.

Please take a look at this video showing how you can get started with the new MSP432 MCU LaunchPad and TI's Cloud tools ecosystem.