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I just did a clean installation of CCS6.1 and guess what: 

A totally new MSP on the way. I assume a new device rather than just a new LaunchPad, although the video focuses on LaunchPads.

The [extremely sophisticated] benchmarks I have will port easily to MSP432 and STM32L4.  Atmel will be later in the year, but I have low hopes for Atmel, and I might not bother.   Warning: Rant ahea

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This is even more explicit (they mention MSP432-ARM Device Releases):




IMHO it's a bit controversial to call it an MSP432 if it's an M0 part (with a different core and instruction set but at least the architecture is similar), but manufacturers are known to like naming confusion.

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@@chicken I agree M0 is more likely and it looks like you were spot on.


@@pabigot It's been a while since I used Stellaris/Tiva properly but I'm sure CMSIS was an option instead of StellarisWare. Did it get dropped when it changed over to Tiva?


Great sleuthing everyone. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

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Speaking of ARM, take a look at the right center of the board ... Looks like a 5x2 50mil pitch set of pins, similar to what's found on the ICDI portion of the TM4C1294XL Connected LaunchPad. (see http://www.ti.com/tool/ek-tm4c1294xl for pics)


There's an arrow pointing to it, with another one pointing up to the ICDI, so I guess that lets you use other ARM JTAG tools with it.


The arrow pointing up to the debugger ... I can barely make out the letters "ET" I think, wonder if that's EnergyTrace?

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@@pabigot It's been a while since I used Stellaris/Tiva properly but I'm sure CMSIS was an option instead of StellarisWare. Did it get dropped when it changed over to Tiva?


Yes.  See:

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People in the industry have been dropping me hints for a while that an ARM M0+ with MSP peripherals and clock system is on the way.  A few years ago, I lobbied pretty hard for this, so I guess it's nice that things are coming around.  


Assuming that the resulting device gets Energia support, that would be great.  The Atmel ARM CM parts aren't worth using in low power designs (frankly I think they are weak in most respects).  The STM32L parts are great, but I would need to port Arduino to them and do all the requisite community marketing: no thanks.  I have a pretty nice firmware and IoT platform waiting in the wings that does all the low-power optimizations for you transparently (as long as you're running sketches).  So I have my fingers crossed.

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It seems these parts have been in the pipeline for quite some time now:


$ whois msp432.com


   Domain Name: MSP432.COM
   Registrar: GKG.NET, INC.
   Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 93
   Whois Server: whois.gkg.net
   Referral URL: http://www.gkg.net
   Name Server: NS.TI.COM
   Name Server: NS2.TI.COM
   Name Server: NS3.TI.COM
   Name Server: NS4.TI.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 04-dec-2013
   Creation Date: 13-jan-2011                          <<<<<<<<---------------------------------------------
   Expiration Date: 13-jan-2019
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MSP432... four core 32 bits?

Via trademark search at http://www.uspto.gov/

Word Mark MSP432 Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Integrated circuits

Standard Characters Claimed   Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK

Serial Number 86396666

Filing Date September 16, 2014

Current Basis 1B

Original Filing Basis 1B

Published for Opposition February 10, 2015

Owner (APPLICANT) Texas Instruments Incorporated CORPORATION DELAWARE 12500 TI Boulevard, MS3999 Dallas TEXAS 752434136

Attorney of Record Stephen L. Levine

Prior Registrations 3846300

Type of Mark TRADEMARK


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I can't believe that I didn't get that the 32 in 432 was because it's 32 bit.


I doubt the 4 cores though - the only TI multicore ARM processors I could find are way up in the KeyStone Cortex-A15 territory. I didn't think there were any multicore M processors at all, but a quick search shows NXP do have a the LPC4000 series with an M4 and an M0. I assume you were only joking/dreaming anyway.

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