MSP430 Microcontroller Basics

MSP430 Microcontroller Basics

1st Edition - August 21, 2008

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  • Author: John Davies
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558554
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750682763

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The MSP430 microcontroller family offers ultra-low power mixed signal, 16-bit architecture that is perfect for wireless low-power industrial and portable medical applications. This book begins with an overview of embedded systems and microcontrollers followed by a comprehensive in-depth look at the MSP430. The coverage included a tour of the microcontroller's architecture and functionality along with a review of the development environment. Start using the MSP430 armed with a complete understanding of the microcontroller and what you need to get the microcontroller up and running!

Key Features

  • Details C and assembly language for the MSP430
  • Companion Web site contains a development kit
  • Full coverage is given to the MSP430 instruction set, and sigma-delta analog-digital converters and timers


Professional embedded systems engineers, hobbyists and engineering undergraduates

Table of Contents

  • 1. Embedded electronic systems and microcontrollers
    1.1. What (and where) are embedded systems?
    1.2. Facilities needed
    1.3. Small microcontrollers
    1.4. Anatomy of a typical small microcontroller
    1.5. Memory
    1.6. Software
    1.7. Where does the MSP430 fit?

    2. Texas MSP430
    2.1. The outside view-pinout
    2.2. The inside view-functional block diagram
    2.3. Memory
    2.4. Central processing unit
    2.5. Memory-mapped input and output
    2.6. Clock generator
    2.7 Exceptions: Interrupts and resets
    2.8. Where to find further information

    3. Development
    3.1. Development environment
    3.2. The C programming language
    3.3. Assembly language
    3.4. Access to microcontroller for programming and debugging
    3.5. Demonstration boards
    3.6. Hardware
    3.7. Equipment

    4. A simple tour of the MSP430
    4.1. First program on a conventional desktop computer
    4.2. Light LEDs in C
    4.3. Light LEDs in assembly language
    4.4. Read input from a switch
    4.5. Automatic control: flashing light by software delay
    4.6. Automatic control: Use of subroutines
    4.7. Automatic control: Flashing light by polling Timer_A
    4.8. Header files and issues that have been brushed under the carpet

    5. Architecture of the MSP430
    5.1. Central processing unit
    5.2. Addressing modes
    5.3 Constant generator and emulated instructions
    5.4. Instruction set
    5.5. Examples
    5.6. Reflections on the CPU instruction set
    5.7. Reset
    5.8. Clock system

    6. Functions, interrupts and low-power modes
    6.1. Functions and subroutines
    6.2. What happens when a subroutine is called?
    6.3. Storage for local variables
    6.4. Passing parameters to a subroutine and returning a result
    6.5. Mixing C and assembly language
    6.6. Interrupts
    6.7. What happens when an interrupt is requested?
    6.8. Interrupt service routines
    6.9. Issues associated with interrupts
    6.10. Low-power modes of operation

    7. Digital input, output and displays
    7.1. Digital input and output: parallel ports
    7.2. Digital inputs
    7.3. Switch debounce
    7.4. Digital outputs
    7.5. Interface between 3 V and 5 V systems
    7.6. Driving heavier loads
    7.7. Liquid crystal displays
    7.8. Driving an LCD from a MSP430x4xx
    7.9. Simple applications of the LCD

    8. Timers
    8.1. Watchdog timer
    8.2. Basic timer1
    8.3. Timer_A
    8.4. Measurement in Capture mode
    8.5. Output in Continuous mode
    8.6. Output in Up mode: Edge-aligned pulse-width modulation
    8.7. Output in Up/Down mode: Centered pulse-width modulation
    8.8. Operation of Timer_A in Sampling mode
    8.9. Timer_B
    8.10. What timer where?
    8.11. Setting the real-time clock: State machines

    9. Mixed-signal systems: Analog input and output
    9.1. Comparator_A
    9.2. Analog-to-digital conversion: general issues
    9.3. Analog-to-digital conversion: successive approximation
    9.4. The ADC10 successive-approximiation ADC
    9.5. Basic operation of the ADC10
    9.6. More advanced operation of the ADC10
    9.7. The ADC12 successive-approximation ADC
    9.8. Analog-to-digital conversion: sigma-delta
    9.9. The SD16_A sigma-delta ADC
    9.10. Operation of SD16_A
    9.11. Signal conditioning and operational amplifiers
    9.12. Digital-to-analog conversion

    10. Communication
    10.1. Communication peripherals in the MSP430
    10.2. Serial peripheral interface (SPI)
    10.3. SPI with the USI
    10.4. SPI with the USCI
    10.5. A thermometer using SPI in mode 3 with the F2013 as master
    10.6. A thermometer using SPI in mode 0 with the FG4618 as master
    10.7. Inter-integrated circuit (I2C) bus
    10.8. A simple I2C master with the USCI_B0 on a FG4618
    10.9. A simple I2c slave with the USI on a F2013
    10.10. State machines for I2C communication
    10.11. A thermometer using I2C with the F2013 as master
    10.12. Asynchronous serial communication
    10.13. Asynchronous communication with the USCI_A
    10.14. A software UART using Timer_A
    10.15. Other types of communication

    11. The future: MSP430X
    11.1. Architecture of the MSP430X
    11.2. Instruction set of the MSP430X
    11.3. Where next?
    11.4. Conclusion

    A. Kickstarting the MSP430
    A.1. Introduction to EW430
    A.2. Developing a project in C
    A.3. Debugging with the simulator
    A.4. Debugging with the emulator
    A.5. Developing a project in assembly language
    A.6. Tips for using EW430
    A.7. Tips for specific development kits

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2008
  • Published: August 21, 2008
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558554
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750682763

About the Author

John Davies

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Glasgow University, UK

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  • IgorJankiewicz Mon May 20 2019

    The most consistent guide to MSP430 microcontrollers

    The book covers most important topics related to microcontrollers from MSP430 family. Additionally, readers are provided with sample codes related to particular chapters as well real life examples, what is truly helpful when discovering particular functions of TI's low power devices.