Getting Started with the MSP-FET
Start debugging with your 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
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
|Build an MSP430 on a Breadboard|
|Connect the MSP-FET|
|Make the MSP430 go Blink|
|Connect your FET and start debugging|
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…