All MSP microcontrollers are supported by a wide variety of software and hardware development tools. Tools are available from TI and various third parties. See them all at Development Kits and Software for Low-Power MCUs.
Table 8-1 lists the debug features of the MSP430FR211x microcontrollers. See the Code Composer Studio IDE for MSP430 MCUs User's Guide for details on the available features.
|MSP430 ARCHITECTURE||4-WIRE JTAG||2-WIRE JTAG||BREAK- POINTS
|RANGE BREAK- POINTS||CLOCK CONTROL||STATE SEQUENCER||TRACE BUFFER||LPMx.5 DEBUGGING SUPPORT||EEM VERSION|
Design Kits and Evaluation Modules
The MSP CapTIvate MCU Development Kit is a comprehensive, easy-to-use platform to evaluate MSP430FR2633 microcontroller with capacitive touch technology. The kit contains the MSP430FR2633-based processor board, a programmer and debugger board with EnergyTrace technology to measure energy consumption with the Code Composer Studio IDE, and sensor boards for evaluating self-capacitance, mutual capacitance, gesture, and proximity sensing.
MSP430Ware is a collection of design resources that help users to effectively create and build MSP430 code. MSP430Ware includes a wide selection of highly abstracted software libraries – ranging from device and peripheral-specific libraries such as MSP430 Driver Library or USB, to application-specific libraries such as the graphics and capacitive touch libraries. In particular, the MSP430 Driver Library is an essential library to help software developers leverage convenient APIs to control low-level and intricate hardware peripherals, making the resulting code much easier to read and maintain.
C code examples are available for every MSP device that configures each integrated peripheral for various application needs.
The abstracted API of MSP Driver Library provides easy-to-use function calls that free you from directly manipulating the bits and bytes of the MSP430 hardware. Thorough documentation is delivered through a helpful API Guide, which includes details on each function call and the recognized parameters. Developers can use Driver Library functions to write complete projects with minimal overhead.
EnergyTrace technology for MSP430 microcontrollers is an energy-based code analysis tool that measures and displays the energy profile of the application and helps to optimize it for ultra-low-power consumption.
ULP Advisor™ software is a tool for guiding developers to write more efficient code to fully use the unique ultra-low-power features of MSP and MSP432 microcontrollers. Aimed at both experienced and new microcontroller developers, ULP Advisor checks your code against a thorough ULP checklist to help minimize the energy consumption of your application. At build time, ULP Advisor provides notifications and remarks to highlight areas of your code that can be further optimized for lower power.
The IEC60730 MSP430 software package was developed to help customers comply with IEC 60730-1:2010 (Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use – Part 1: General Requirements) for up to Class B products, which includes home appliances, arc detectors, power converters, power tools, e-bikes, and many others. The IEC60730 MSP430 software package can be embedded in customer applications running on MSP430s to help simplify the customer's certification efforts of functional safety-compliant consumer devices to IEC 60730-1:2010 Class B.
The MSP IQmath and Qmath libraries are collections of highly optimized and high-precision mathematical functions for C programmers to seamlessly port a floating-point algorithm into fixed-point code on MSP430 and MSP432 devices. These routines are typically used in computationally intensive real-time applications where optimal execution speed, high accuracy, and ultra-low energy are critical. By using the IQmath and Qmath libraries, it is possible to achieve execution speeds considerably faster and energy consumption considerably lower than equivalent code written using floating-point math.
Continuing to innovate in the low-power and low-cost microcontroller space, TI provides MSPMATHLIB. Leveraging the intelligent peripherals of our devices, this floating-point math library of scalar functions that are up to 26 times faster than the standard MSP430 math functions. Mathlib is easy to integrate into your designs. This library is free and is integrated in both Code Composer Studio IDE and IAR Embedded Workbench IDE.
Code Composer Studio (CCS) integrated development environment (IDE) supports all MSP microcontroller devices. CCS comprises a suite of embedded software utilities used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes an optimizing C/C++ compiler, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, and many other features.
MSP Flasher is an open-source shell-based interface for programming MSP microcontrollers through a FET programmer or eZ430 using JTAG or Spy-Bi-Wire (SBW) communication. MSP Flasher can download binary files (.txt or .hex) directly to the MSP microcontroller without an IDE.
The MSP-FET is a powerful emulation development tool – often called a debug probe – that lets users quickly begin application development on MSP low-power microcontrollers (MCU). Creating MCU software usually requires downloading the resulting binary program to the MSP device for validation and debugging. The MSP-FET provides a debug communication pathway between a host computer and the target MSP. Furthermore, the MSP-FET also provides a backchannel UART connection between the computer's USB interface and the MSP UART. This affords the MSP programmer a convenient method for communicating serially between the MSP and a terminal running on the computer.
The MSP Gang Programmer can program up to eight identical MSP430 or MSP432 flash or FRAM devices at the same time. The MSP Gang Programmer connects to a host PC using a standard RS-232 or USB connection and provides flexible programming options that allow the user to fully customize the process. The MSP Gang Programmer is provided with an expansion board, called the Gang Splitter, that implements the interconnections between the MSP Gang Programmer and multiple target devices.