MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board


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The MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board (MSP-EXP430F5438) is a microcontroller development for highly integrated, high performance MSP430F5438 MCUs. It features a 100-pin socket which supports the MSP430F5438A  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 development kits such as the CC2520EMK. The Experimenter Board helps designers quickly learn and develop using the F5xx MCUs, which provide low power, 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 on the experimenter board.

  • Based on MSP430F5438 MCU for ultra-low power microcontroller 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 microcontroller accessible for programming and debugging as well as communication between the MSP430F5438 MCU and other external devices
  • Compatible with Code Composer Studio
  • Embedded software 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 MSP430F5438A MCU:
    • 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
  • Power Supply sources: USB, FET, 2x AA batteries
  • 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

Start developing on MSP platforms quickly and easily

Learn more about MSP430 Ultra-Low Power 16-bit and MSP432 Low-Power + Performance 32-bit MCU development tools and software available to you.

In need of additional performance?

Looking for more speed or the added performance of an ARM® Cortex®-M4F, with the same low power as MSP430 MCUs? Check out the MSP-EXP432P401R High Performance + Low Power LaunchPad.

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Technical Documents
Application notes (2)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views
PDF 217 05 Jul 2012 570
PDF 238 14 Nov 2011 175
User guides (4)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views TI Recommends
PDF 3282 02 Nov 2015 8,104
PDF 1662 29 Oct 2015 20,860
PDF 8081 14 Oct 2015 27,064
PDF 2584 11 Dec 2013 1,663
Selection guides (2)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views
PDF 5477 28 Oct 2015 8,181
PDF 234 16 Jan 2013 2,344
More literature (1)
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PDF 167 05 Nov 2014 1,657

Software (6)

Name Part Number Software Type
TI Dual-Mode Bluetooth® Stack  TIBLUETOOTHSTACK-SDK  Software Development Kits (SDK) 
TI Dual-mode Bluetooth® stack on MSP430™ MCUs  CC256XMSPBTBLESW  Software Development Kits (SDK) 

Development Tools (3)

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 
Code Composer Studio™ Integrated Development Environment for MSP Microcontrollers  CCSTUDIO-MSP  SW Development Tools, IDEs, Compilers 

Design Kits & Evaluation Modules (1)

Name Part Number Tool Type
Dual-mode Bluetooth® CC2564 module evaluation board  CC2564MODNEM  Evaluation Modules & Boards 

TI Devices (6)

Part Number Name Product Family
CC2560  Bluetooth® CC2560 Controller  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2564  Dual-Mode Bluetooth® CC2564 Controller  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2564MODN  Dual-Mode Bluetooth® CC2564 Module  Wireless Connectivity 
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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