cde 334 Posted November 11, 2013 Share Posted November 11, 2013 From Hackaday: The US Air Force Academy just moved their embedded systems course over to the MSP430. Course director [Capt Todd Branchflower] just put all the course materials online, with the notes, datasheets, and labs available on Github. http://ece382.com/ and http://github.com/toddbranch/ECE382 A full embedded system course provided by the Tax Payers Yay. Based around the launchpad and an undocumented learning board (see lesson 3 for a partial picture of it). They even have a link to the 43oh forum post on msp430 in consumer devices. Intro to the MSP430What's the family of MCUs we'll be using this semester? The family of microcontrollers we'll be working with for the remainder of the semester is TI's MSP430 - it's the first semester we've ever used it.[show Launchpad kit] For the past many years, we've used Motorola's 68S12 as our platform - but it had become less relevant and the tools we used were no longer being supported. [show S12] Last year, I went out looking for a platform that would be easy to learn, but still relevant. The MSP430 is an industry leader in low-cost, low-power consumption embedded applications - and it uses a RISC architecture with just 27 instructions. Products in the Wild Using MSP430 Suffice to say, this chip is used by engineers to create real-world products that you've probably interacted with before. Cool! The other cool thing - they're cheap! The MSP430 Launchpad development kit costs only $5 including shipping, so you can definitely get your own if you want to experiment with this beyond the semester. We can also get replacement chips cheaply for when you inevitably burn them out. We're still issuing the Geek Boxes because they have peripherals we'll need to do the labs. Issue Launchpad Kits, Geek Boxes For the rest of the semester, you'll be using these kits along with CodeComposer to learn about the msp430 and build things with it. Rickta59, pine, Fred and 1 other 4 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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