[bulug] Re: TI EZ430 development on Linux

  • From: Alex Whittemore <alexwhittemore@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bulug-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 10:35:40 +0200

I can't try anything right now since I'm not on the same continent as they
are, but I just ordered two of TI's new LaunchPad dev kits. If you haven't
heard of them, they're based on the MSP430 value line parts, and they're
basically aimed at the hobbyist market. They cost 4.30 per kit, which gets
you a barebones dev board/programmer and two different value line parts.
It'd basically be like if you could buy a $5 arduino platform running on an
ATtiny part.


Anyway, I think they both use the same toolchain and for that matter IDE
(although the license that comes with the LaunchPad is limited to the value
line parts, which makes sense since the board doesn't support others
anyway), so it seems to me that this should apply there too.

Hopefully I can play with it a little bit in a couple weeks when I get home,
but if anyone wants to try in the mean time, you can't beat under $5 for a
full dev kit.
Alex Whittemore
617-213-0890 (GV)
01578 4521442 (M, DE)

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:29 AM, Ryan Mullen <rmullen@xxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi LUG and BUILDS,
> I've written up a guide for how to program and debug the TI EZ430 USB
> development kit using a Linux environment. I haven't tested on BSD
> variants or Mac OSX. Tools used are mspgcc4 (gcc and gdb) and
> mspdebug.
> This is the cheap dev kit that is used in the ENG EC450
> Microprocessors class. The dev kits retail for around $20, so they're
> a pretty affordable way to have a little fun.
> http://lug.bu.edu/meetings/archive/07-04-2010.html
> Feedback welcome. I'm going to post this to reddit too, because what
> the hell, right?
> Ryan
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