TI revises MSP430 USB LaunchPad; aimed at developers of "Internet of Things"

September 13, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
Texas Instruments has unveiled MSP430 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for the company's portfolio of USB microcontrollers.

The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and makers of all experience levels more connectivity, memory and performance options for a variety of low-power consumer, industrial, medical and wireless connectivity applications.
Implementing USB was traditionally a complex task, especially from a software perspective. To ease development, TI’s MSP430 USB portfolio includes the SP430 USB Developers Package which contains free and open source USB API stacks, source code, sample applications and a code-gen tool to configure USB applications for all MSP430 USB microcontrollers.
The added functionality of TI’s new near field communication (NFC) BoosterPack and NFCLink Library make the MSP430 USB LaunchPad a starting point for IoT development. Based on TI’s TRF7970A NFC transceiver, the DLP7970ABP NFC BoosterPack gives developers a connection via NFC for $25.00. TI’s existing Wi-Fi, Sub-1GHz and ZigBee BoosterPacks can also plug into the MSP430 USB LaunchPad to enable wireless connectivity to smart home and building, health and fitness and portable consumer applications.
The new MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad includes support for Energia. The community-developed, open-source integrated development environment (IDE) based on the Wiring framework enables code compatibility across TI’s Energia-supported MCU LaunchPads and BoosterPacks including the new NFC BoosterPack and SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 BoosterPack. Developers can now use Energia to port code developed for these BoosterPacks and add NFC connectivity and secure short range wireless connectivity or Wi-Fi to applications for the IoT.
The MSP-EXP430F5529LP includes the 16-bit ultra-low power MSP430F5529 MCU, with 128 kB Flash, 8 kB RAM, 25 MHz CPU speed, integrated USB and PHY supporting USB 2.0, and integrated 12-bit ADC.  The device incorporates USB connectivity and other peripherals including serial ports for UART, I 2C, and SPI controllers so developers can support the communication standard best suited for their application.
The MSP-EXP430F5529LP contains TI’s TPS2041C USB power switch and TUSB2046 full-speed USB hub that are suited to designs using MSP430F5529 MCUs.  The device is compatible with TI’s