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Well I'm a beginner to programming microcontrollers and was wondering is there a book that's devoted to programming the msp430? I googled it but didn't come up with anything. I would love a book that could guide me through programming the MSP430. I know that there are ones out the that are generic programming microcontrollers. If there isn't any out there for the MSP430 then could you guys recommend a general one?

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MSP430 Microcontroller Basics is one. Some members over here have it, maybe they can chime in.


[PS. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you decide to buy it by going through the above link, 43oh gets a small amount(~6%). There is absolutely no obligation to do so though.]

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So I got the MSP430 LaunchPad can I use the tutorials for other MSP430s or is there going to be alot of variance?

To a considerable extent, you will be able to use other tutorials.


Certain things will vary, of course, but - for example - I was able to follow John Davies' book (which is written using the Olimex starter kit with an MSP430F1121A) using the LaunchPad quite well. The basics - like I/O, lighting a LED, reading a button, using timers, getting familiar with the clocks, using the ADC, using interrupts, the power modes - will be pretty much the same. You may have to use different pins on the LaunchPad chips, sometimes you have only one Feature X on the LaunchPad chips while the F1121A may have more than one Feature X, but accounting for these is fairly straightforward.


I (as apparently quite several other people here) have found the Davies book to be an excellent introduction and resource. At the price tag of a dozen LaunchPads, it is a bit pricey, but to me it was every penny well spent.


This really goes for many (probably any) other MSP430 tutorials you may find. A little bit of common sense is enough to use them with the LaunchPad.

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Yes, I know this is a dated post,  but I picked up John Davies MSP430 Microcontroller Basics book and have read the first three chapters over the week-end.  This is a great book to go along with the user guide, the MSP430X2XX family user guide.


Well written, fairly easy reading and some good coding examples.





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