Webinar Video: Making the most of the Value Line MSP430 with the Launchpad Explorer

Video recording of this Webinar is now available. The main event listing can be found here.
Note: you will need to download and install the WebEx ARF Player to view it (available here - scroll towards bottom).

The LaunchPad Explorer is an embedded development platform created to explore most of the features of the Value Line MSP430. From the Simply Embedded team with  (and on Twitter here) come learn about the MSP430, the Launchpad Explorer and the debut of their new BoosterPack! This Webinar will feature both Chris and Kevin from their team covering the hardware/software aspects of it.

Presentation File: Available here

Webinar Details:

  • Intro - 00:00-6:11
  • Simply Embedded Presentation - 6:11-1:23:43
  • Q&A - 1:23:44-1:38:26

Webinar Topics:

  • Who we are and what is Simply Embedded
  • Quick overview of MSP430 and LaunchPad ecosystem
  • Launchpad Explorer: What is it and why did we make it
  • System overview / block diagram
  • Clock and timer configuration
  • I2C/SPI muxing with a single USCI_B module
  • PWM based DAC with demo
  • ADC & analog front end with demo
  • Controlling 2 dual 7-segment displays using two shift registers
  • General software considerations
  • Future improvements / possible features

From Chris:

"I started Simply Embedded as an offshoot of my own personal project to implement a light weight, easy to use embedded operating system. In my experience, teaching is always the best way to learn, because the questions people ask make you question what you already know – and this can lead to great insight. This first series of tutorials is aimed at teaching the fundamentals required to understand and start your own embedded projects using the Texas Instruments MSP430. We cover setting up the environment, toolchain, build system, the basics of the architecture, and writing drivers for each of the peripherals. Each lesson will build on the previous, so I recommend you follow them in order. All the code is explained in detail, so there is no guessing as to how it works. Also, there will be plenty of attention given to coding style, best practices, readability and writing modular code. This means you can take modules you may need for your own projects and modify them as needed with ease."

Software Tutorials:

Hardware Tutorials