Next-generation MSP430 USB LaunchPad enables developers to tap into the Internet of Things

Next-generation MSP430 USB LaunchPad enables developers to tap into the Internet of Things

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By eeNews Europe

The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the ultra-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 robust MSP430 USB portfolio includes the comprehensive MSP430 USB Developers Package which contains free and open source USB API stacks, source code, sample applications and a code-gen tool to quickly 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 perfect starting point for IoT development. Based on TI’s TRF7970A NFC transceiver, the DLP7970ABP NFC BoosterPack gives developers a quick and easy connection via NFC for $25.00. TI’s existing Wi-Fi, Sub-1GHz and ZigBee BoosterPacks can also easily 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, I2C, 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 well suited for designs using MSP430F5529 MCUs.  The device is compatible with TI’s existing low-cost SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000, CC110L Sub-1GHz and CC2530 ZigBee BoosterPacks for multiple wireless connectivity options.

The BoosterPack XL connection standard allows more functionality and compatibility with existing BoosterPacks ecosystem and future MSP430 LaunchPads.

Availability and Pricing

Developers can immediately purchase the new MSP430 USB LaunchPad evaluation kit for $12.99 USD from the TI eStore or authorized distributors. Developers ready to expand the functionality of their MSP430 USB LaunchPad can purchase numerous BoosterPacks by visiting

More information about the MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad at

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