MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board


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The MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board (MSP-EXP430F5438) is a development platform for the latest generation MSP430 MCUs. It features a 100-pin socket which supports the MSP430F5438 (datasheet) and other devices with similar pinout. The socket allows for quick upgrades to newer devices or quick applications changes. It is compatible with many TI low-power RF wireless evaluation modules such as the CC2520EMK. The Experimenter Board helps designers quickly learn and develop using the new F5xx MCUs, which provide the industry’s lowest active power consumption, more memory and leading integration for applications such as energy harvesting, wireless sensing and automatic metering infrastructure (AMI).

A TI Flash Emulation Tool, like the MSP-FET430UIF, is required to program and debug the MSP430 devices on the experimenter board.

  • Based on new MSP430F5438 MCU for ultra-low power designs that need enhanced functionality for energy harvesting, smart metering and wireless sensing applications
  • Fast low power wireless development with eZ430-RF2500 tool, out-of-the-box platform for Z-Stack Pro and support for various TI Low Power Wireless RF evaluation modules, which cover the sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands
  • 138x110 dot-matrix LCD for rich user interfaces and fun games
  • Multiple input/output options allow for fast system development: microphone, push buttons, USB and a 3.5mm headphone jack for analog output
  • JTAG headers make the device accessible for programming and debugging as well as communication between the F5438 MCU and other external devices
  • Compatible with Code Composer Essentials, Free 16KB IDE
  • Board design files are open source (SLAC228) and created using Eagle CAD software

The ECCN (Export Control Classification Number) classification for this tool will be the same as the included microcontrollers. To find ECCN information for a microcontroller, see the datasheet for that device.

Any use made of Texas Instruments (TI) classifications, whether it be ECCNs or HTS, is without recourse to TI and at the user’s risk. HTS and export classifications are subject to change. Your company, as the exporter of record, is responsible for determining the correct classification of any item at the time of export. Any HTS or export classification by TI is for TI’s internal use only and shall not be construed as a representation or warranty regarding the proper export classification nor relied upon to make licensing determinations.

  • 100-pin socket for MSP430F5438
  • Power Supply sources: USB, FET, 2x AA batteries
  • Digital I/O Pins: 34
  • Accessible analog inputs (12-bit ADC): 5
  • PWM outputs: 12
  • Flash Memory (MSP430F5438): 256KB
  • RAM (MSP430F5438): 16KB
  • Clock Speed (MSP430F5438): 18MHz
  • Communication (MSP430F5438):
    • 4x UART/LIN/IrDA/SPI
    • 4x I2C/SPI
  • 5-position joystick (up, down, left, right, push down)
  • 2 push buttons
  • 2 LEDs
  • 138x110 grayscale, dot-matrix LCD
  • 3-Axis Accelerometer (ADXL330)
  • Microphone (Amplified by TLV2760)
  • 3.5mm audio output jack (Features TPA301, 350mW Mono Audio Power Amplifier)
  • Support for TI Low Power RF Wireless Evaluation Modules and eZ430-RF2500T. Currently supported modules:
    • CC1100/CC1101EMK – Sub-1GHz radio
    • CC2500EMK – 2.4 GHz radio
    • CC2420/CC2430EMK – 2.4 GHz 802.15.4 radio
    • CC2520/CC2530EMK – 2.4 GHz 802.15.4 radio
  • USB connectivity for data transfer
  • JTAG header for real-time, in-system programming

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Technical Documents
Application notes (2)
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PDF 217 05 Jul 2012 550
PDF 238 14 Nov 2011 314
User guides (3)
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PDF 7870 20 May 2015 34,112
PDF 1675 09 Mar 2015 25,028
PDF 2584 11 Dec 2013 2,239
Selection guides (2)
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PDF 5737 05 May 2015 16,421
PDF 234 16 Jan 2013 2,473
More literature (1)
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PDF 167 05 Nov 2014 1,792

Software (4)

Development Tools (2)

Name Part Number Tool Type
MSP430 USB Debugging Interface  MSP-FET430UIF  JTAG Emulators/ Analyzers 
Code Composer Studio (CCS) Integrated Development Environment (IDE)  CCSTUDIO  SW Development Tools, IDEs, Compilers 

TI Devices (3)

Part Number Name Product Family
MSP430F5437A  16-Bit Ultra-Low-Power Microcontroller, 256KB Flash, 16KB RAM, 12 Bit ADC, 2 USCIs, 32-bit HW Multi  Low Power + Performance 
MSP430F5438  16-Bit Ultra-Low-Power Microcontroller, 256KB Flash, 16KB RAM, 12 Bit ADC, 4 USCIs, 32-bit HW Multi  Low Power + Performance 
MSP430F5438A  16-Bit Ultra-Low-Power Microcontroller, 256KB Flash, 16KB RAM, 12 Bit ADC, 4 USCIs, 32-bit HW Multi  Low Power + Performance 
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