MSP430-based Robot Applications

A Guide to Developing Embedded Systems


  • Dan Harres, Technical Fellow, Boeing Company, Belleville, IL, USA.

This book provides a careful explanation of the basic areas of electronics and computer architecture, along with lots of examples, to demonstrate the interface, sensor design, programming and microcontroller peripheral setup necessary for embedded systems development. With no need for mechanical knowledge of robots, the book starts by demonstrating how to modify a simple radio-controlled car to create a basic robot. The fundamental electronics of the MSP430 are described, along with programming details in both C and assembly language, and full explanations of ports, timing, and data acquisition. Further chapters cover inexpensive ways to perform circuit simulation and prototyping.

Key features include:

  • Thorough treatment of the MSP430’s architecture and functionality along with detailed application-specific guidance
  • Programming and the use of sensor technology to build an embedded system
  • A learn-by-doing experience

With this book you will learn:

  • The basic theory for electronics design

                     - Analog circuits

                     - Digital logic

                       - Computer arithmetic

                         - Microcontroller programming

          • How to design and build a working robot
          • Assembly language and C programming
          • How to develop your own high-performance embedded systems application using an on-going robotics application

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          Professional electronics engineers, embedded designers and programmers; students taking a course using microcontrollers. Individuals with an electronics background who may (or may not) have previous experience with microcontrollers, but who are just getting started with the TI MSP430 microcontroller.


          Book information

          • Published: March 2013
          • Imprint: NEWNES
          • ISBN: 978-0-12-397012-1


          "The Texas Instruments MSP430 is a small, low power consumption microcontroller with a wide range of uses in embedded devices. In this book, Harres provides a guide to using them in robotics projects. The book emphasizes a hands-on approach where the reader will learn about robotics by constructing actual robots. The reader is not assumed to have any advanced technical background beyond algebra, trigonometry, basic programming knowledge, soldering skills, and high school level knowledge of electromagnetic physics."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

          Table of Contents

            1. Introduction
            2. The Parts of a Robot
              1. Platform
              2. Locomotion
              3. Power Source
              4. Electronics

            3. Building an Inexpensive Robot by Modifying a Radio-Controlled Car
            4. Beginning Electronics
              1. Review of Passive Electronic Circuits
              2. How Do Bipolar Transistors Work?
              3. How Do MOSFET Transistors Work?
              4. The Op Amp Building Block
              5. Comparators, Analog-to-Digital Converters, and Digital-to-Analog Converters
              6. Motor Drives

            5. Computer Arithmetic
            6. Computer Logic
            7. Introducing the MSP430 Microcontroller
            8. Starting to Program - An Introduction to MSP430 Assembler
            9. Building MSP430 Assembler Programs
            10. Introducing C for the MSP430
            11. More C and Mixing C With Assembler
            12. MSP430 Parallel and Serial Ports
            13. MSP430 Timing, Counters, and Interrupts
            14. MSP430 Data Acquisition
              1. Analog-to-Digital Converters
              2. Digital-to-Analog Converters

            15. Inexpensive Ways to Perform Circuit Simulation
            16. Prototyping Circuits
            17. Collision Avoidance
              1. Simple Collision Avoidance - The Searchlight (LED)
              2. More Sophisticated Optical Approaches to Collision Avoidance
              3. Ultrasonic Sensors

            18. Adding a Tachometer
            19. Controlling Things With a Remote
            20. Troubleshooting

          The Working, High-Performance Robot