Programming MSP430 mini board

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createcode

Joined Feb 1, 2018
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Hey,
How can I program this board I've recently bought. It doesn't look like a real MSP430 board, on the back just writes "mini" (see atached images below).
Where to find driver, pinout and everything else is needed to start programming.
Thanks!
 

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mckenney

Joined Nov 10, 2018
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Where to find driver, pinout and everything else is needed to start programming.
Google turns this up as the second hit:
https://www.electrodragon.com/product/mini430-dev-board-msp430f149/
There's a link about halfway down to a Wiki with a schematic (.png) and a programming host.

The onboard programmer uses the BSL, which can only load code. To debug, you'll need an MSP-FET:
http://www.ti.com/tool/MSP-FET

The MSP-FET is a bit pricey but is pretty much needed since the F1 series can only debug via 4-wire JTAG.

More generally, the F1 series is quite old (20 years). You can get a modern MSP430 on a "Launchpad" which includes an integrated programmer/debugger (USB) for maybe $10-15.
 

rsjsouza

Joined Apr 21, 2014
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The MSP430F149 is old (almost 20 years), but still fully supported by the latest tools and it has pretty decent memory (60kB) and a few interesting peripherals. It is still one of my favourite devices for general purpose things.
 
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