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December 2011  |

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Product Announcements
MSP430Ware and brand new Driver Library

MSP430Ware is a collection of code examples, datasheets and other design resources for all MSP430™ MCU devices delivered in a convenient package - essentially everything developers need to become MSP430 MCU experts! Like Stellaris® MCU's StellarisWare® and C2000™ MCU's controlSUITE™ software, MSP430Ware also includes a high level peripheral Driver Library to make it easy to talk to MSP430 hardware. The Driver Library's easy-to-use function calls make MSP430 MCU development easier than ever.
Ultra-low power MSP430™ MCUs now qualified for automotive applications

TI's ultra-low power MSP430G2xx and MSP430F2xx series are now AEC-Q100 qualified for automotive applications including interior cabin motors, capacitive touch, infotainment systems and remote keyless entry. The automotive-qualified MSP430 MCUs help developers reduce system costs and time-to-market, while improving vehicle fuel efficiency and battery life. Developers can also easily design LIN-based applications and products with the included LIN software drivers. More than 50 MSP430 automotive qualified microcontrollers are now available for sampling.

Learn why our "Make The Switch to TI MCUs" November winner Don Bertke switched to TI's MSP430™ MCUs

"I acquired an Arduino and a Digikit UNO32 when I found the MSP430 FRAM on Element 14. After downloading the data on the device and researching the product line, I was sold."
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Motors on your mind?

Dave Wilson shares it all - tips, insights and more - in his new motor blog. Sine waves, remote debugging, motor fundamentals, industrial control, SR motors. He has something to say about it all and wants to hear your thoughts too. Check it out and ask your questions at

Using TI technology to simplify Bluetooth pairing via NFC

Bluetooth pairing usually involves some level of user interaction to confirm the identity of the user and/or the devices themselves. There are many pairing mechanisms available across the versions of Bluetooth (v2.0 through v4.0). This process is typically lengthy and sometimes confusing to the user, and so this application report is aimed at showing TI technology developers details on implementing a simplified pairing scheme method outlined by the NFC Forum using an MSP430F5529 (a TI ultra-low power MCU), a TRF7970A (a TI NFC transceiver IC), and a CC2560 (a TI Bluetooth radio IC).

Initialization of Hercules™ ARM® Cortex™-R4F MCUs app note

This application report provides an example initialization procedure supporting the safety features of the TMS570LS31x series and the RM4x series of microcontrollers in the Hercules family.


This in-depth application note outlines a lab using the Three Phase BLDC Motor Kit with the DRV8312 and Piccolo™ MCU (DRV8312-C2-KIT) with a Piccolo™ F28035 controlCARD™ subsystem to run the sensorless InstaSPIN BLDC technique.

Automotive MSP430 MCU product brochure

Learn about the MSP430 MCUs that are AEC-Q100 qualified and suitable for automotive applications in environments up to 105C ambient temperature.

Stellaris® MCU motor control briefs


Third Party and Hobbyists
ANT+ with MSP430 Launchpad and Android

Smartphones are equipped with a dizzying array of wireless communication capabilities. Some of these features go unnoticed. One such wireless communication protocol is called ANT+. Learn how to use the interrupt-driven software UART from the MSP430 Launchpad to control the ANT+ breakout in this overview.

MSP430FG439-based EKG Reference Design from Olimex available at Mouser

This reference design offers a complete hardware and software solution for EKG and heart-rate monitoring. Hardware design files and code are available!
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MSP430FG439-based Pulse Oximeter Reference Design from Olimex available at Mouser

This reference design offers a complete hardware and software solution for pulse oximetry. Hardware design files and code is available!
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Tool and Software Updates
CC110L-based Sub-1GHz RF BoosterPack for LaunchPad

The CC110L AIR BoosterPack is a low-power wireless transceiver extension module for use with the TI MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad development kit. Based on the CC110L device, the on-board A110LR09A radio module with integrated antenna operates in the European 868-870MHz and US 902-928MHz ISM bands. The included AIR BoosterPack software application, called AIR BoosterStack, demonstrates an example sensor network as well as network status reporting. Price: USD $20, includes 2x BoosterPack modules (LaunchPads sold separately).

Firmware updates for production programmers

MSP-GANG v1.0.6.0
In this version find added support for CC430F6147 and provided additional bug fixes. Click here to learn more!

GANG430 v1.55
In this version find added support for many new devices, as well as several bug fixes. Click here to learn more!

Continua-certified USB hardware-software platform for medical devices

TI offers a Continua-certified USB hardware-software platform for medical devices that implements the Personal Healthcare Device Class (PHDC) along with IEEE 11073. For use with TI's ultra-low power MSP430™ microcontrollers that have integrated USB, the software can be accessed from the above link and includes a royalty-free sublicense for use on MSP430 devices.

New Stellaris® ARM® Cortex™-M MCU motor control kit spins and tunes three-phase brushless motors in minutes

Adding to its growing portfolio of motor control solutions, TI now has a motor control kit for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 MCU. The new DK-LM3S-DRV8312 motor control kit features a 32-bit Stellaris LM3S818 microcontroller and DRV8312 motor driver to spin sub-50V, 6.5A three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors in minutes. The easy-to-use kit is a low-cost solution for high-volume motor control applications, including low-voltage fans, blowers, pumps, tools and compressors. For more information, visit the kit's web page here. To purchase the kit, go to the TI eStore DK-LM3S-DRV8312 page.

Upcoming events and training
Regional LaunchPad hands-on training sessions

The Getting Started with the MSP430 LaunchPad Workshop is an in-depth introduction into MSP430 MCU basics. The LaunchPad is an easy-to-use development tool intended for beginners and experienced users alike for creating microcontroller-based applications. There are locations around the United States, so check out our schedule for all of the dates and locations. This full-day workshop is available for just $49, and participants will receive a free LaunchPad and Capacitive Touch BoosterPack

Attend C2000™ MCU Real-Time Industrial Control Training

Attend the Texas Instruments C2000 MCU Real-Time Industrial Control Seminar to get a refresher on Control Theory Fundamentals, discover Motor Control - From Magnets to Magic as well as an opportunity to participate in a hands-on lab centric workshop based on the C2000 MCU. The subject matter is delivered in 3 days and you can choose which days you want to attend.

New online training

TI MCUs in the news
Evolving energy harvesting with FRAM – EE Times
65nm Stellaris MCU cuts power consumption – EE Times India
Thien eDrives Boosts Motor Control System Development With MathWorks – Electronics News
TI's MSP430 ultra-low-power automotive MCUs improve fuel efficiency, battery life – EE Times
TI Launchpad adds computer control to a robot arm – Hack a Day
IDE Based On Stock Eclipse Also Adds Advanced Debug Capabilities – Electronic Design

MSP-SA430-SUB1GHZ Spectrum Analyzer
What is Real-Time Control?
Medical USB Connectivity with MSP430 Microcontrollers

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