Das Blinkenlights on the MSP430 Launchpad with LinuxSaturday, January 12, 2013 linux embedded tech
TI’s MSP430 LaunchPad development kit offers some serious bang for the buck. You get two modern 16-bit microcontrollers, a programmer-cum-debugger with pins broken out and a USB cable for less than 5 USD inclusive of shipping. TI even provides two free (as in beer) IDE’s for Windows. Linux support though was a bit sketchy when the board was first released.
Things of course have greatly improved and getting the Launchpad to work with Linux is now a breeze. The versions of MSPGCC and MSPDebug in Ubuntu 11.10’s repositories seem to work just fine. There’s also functional Arduino fork for the MSP430 called Energia.