Getting Started with the MSP-FET

Start debugging with your MSP-FET

MSP-FET

So you’ve bought your MSP-FET (Flash Emulation Tool) so that you can program and debug your MSP430 projects. Now what? I had been using my LaunchPads for most of my MSP430 projects, but when I saw an offer on 43oh’s website for an MSP-FET I couldn’t hold back. It took me a few months to finish up my current project, and to get cooking with the FET. There wasn’t a “getting started” guide that I could find, so I thought this post might help others.

 
 
 
 
 

What is the MSP-FET

MSP-FET Case

I’m guessing if you found this page that you have an idea what the MSP-FET is. Just to make sure we’re working off the same base, I’ll touch on a little more detail. The MSP-FET is a tool that Texas Instruments have developed to allow you to program and debug your MSP430 projects. It works with all MSP430 microcontrollers, and allows real-time debugging of your firmware. It also supports EnergyTrace, so you can profile your project’s power consumption.

To get going with this “How To”, we’ll quickly build a breadboard MSP430G2553 project, and then connect up the MSP-FET and load a simple program. I chose the MSP430G2553 as it’s a common entry-level MCU, featuring heavily on TI’s LaunchPad boards.

 
 

Expand each step by clicking on the heading

Step 1 Plus Build an MSP430 on a Breadboard

Step 2 Plus Connect the MSP-FET

Step 3 Plus Make the MSP430 go Blink

Step 4 Plus Connect your FET and start debugging

Thanks

I hope that this has helped to get you kicked off with the MSP-FET. Drop me a line if you have any thoughts, comments, suggestions, projects…

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