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Getting started with MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad Experimenter Board


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  • LaunchPad provides an environment for learner’s/developer’s to experiment with the microcontroller.

  • MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad provided by the Texas Instruments is a development tool to program MSP430G2 series Microcontrollers.

  • It is an easy way to start developing on the MSP430 with on-board emulation for programming and debugging.

  • Board has buttons and LED’s which provides an easy interface for the user’s.

  • According to the documentation LaunchPad features

    • USB debugging and programming interface featuring a driverless installation and application UART serial communication with up to 9600 Baud.
    • Supports MSP430G2xx2, MSP430G2xx3, and MSP430F20xx devices in PDIP14 or PDIP20 packages.
    • Two general-purpose digital I/O pins connected to green and red LEDs for visual feedback.
    • Two push button for user feedback and device reset.
    • Easily accessible device pins for debugging purposes .
    • High-quality 20-pin DIP socket for an easy plug-in or removal of the target device.
  • LaunchPad MSP430G2452 (Source:


  • This LaunchPad supports Energia IDE and Code Composer Studio for programming.
  • This articles provides code to program MSP430G2553 microcontroller using Energia.
  • Energia is an open-source electronics prototyping platform started by Robert Wessels in January of 2012 with the goal to bring the Wiring and Arduino framework to the Texas Instruments MSP430 based LaunchPad.
  • According to Energia below are the steps to perform
    • Connect your LaunchPad to your computer over USB.
    • Select MSP430g2553 under Tools > Board .
    • Select the correct serial port under Tools > Serial Port.

Software’s Required

Hardware’s Required

  • MSP-EXP430G2 Development Board
  • MSP430G2452/MSP430G2553 Microcontrollers
  • Mini USB cable

Network Requirements

  • Internet to download packages


1. Bare Minimum code needed to get started with MSP430 and Energia

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3. Read a digital input from on board Pin 5 and print state out to the Energia Serial Monitor.

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4. Read an IR Sensor analog input on pin A3 and Decide weather Object Detected or not

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5. Read an Vibration Sensor analog input on pin A3 and Decide weather Vibration is Detected or not

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