Review of MSP-EXP430FR5739

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RoadTest: MSP-EXP430FR5739

Author: dweb98

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Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: I am really wanting to learn about Micro Circuits and Prototype Boards. I read about these projects almost every day. I usually Post what I find on my Blog at, http://donsdeals.blogspot.com/, along with other things that I find interesting. I've seen many types of Proto Boards used in some very interesting Projects. From TI’s MSP430 Launchpad, STMicroelectronic’s Discovery, The BeagleBoard, to the ever popular Arduino. I'm in the research and discovery mode now. Figuring out What Development Board to would be best for me to learn with. So, this opportunity to try out and learn about the MSP-EXP430FR5739, has been a Great one for me!:) Thank you TI for giving out 100 - MSP-EXP430FR5739's!:)

What were the biggest problems encountered?: The TI Web Site is a menagerie of information. Not that allot of information is a bad thing. Not at all... But, it seems that every MSP430 Device that they make, has links on every Page about the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board. The same links on every page. So, searching on the TI Site, does not work very well for me. This makes it hard to sift through all of the links that don't pertain to the MSP-EXP430FR5739. It took allot more reading on the Site and then on Google (which often works better for me). I like to use Search Engines and I can usually find things faster on Google than by sifting through all of the info and links on a most web sites. But, the Biggest Problem I had. At first... Was, with the Element14 site. My Detailed Review Wouldn't Show Up. I see no Word Limits or any other Special Instructions on the Editing Page. So, it looks like it should work. The Images I uploaded wouldn't open either. I get an Element14 Error Page. Nor does the HTML version of my Review that I uploaded. The site turns it into a html.zip file. I downloaded it and it wont open on my System, since it is not really a zip file. After a couple of Months. Looks like Element14 got the Review Editor Working on their Site. My Detailed Review and one of my images did show up. But, I noticed that my Text, was missing allot of the Spaces and other formatting that was in the original. So, I'm Pasting it again again on 07-31-12. To see if I can make the article easier to read. There's No Way, that I am going to Type a Whole Article into this Tiny Little Window on the Web Site!:O So, let's hope that Pasting will work Right Now... Good! it worked!:) Not perfect. But much Better!:) But, just in case... you can also read the Rest of my Review on my Blog at, http://donsdeals.blogspot.com/2011/09/beginners-guide-to-ti-msp-exp430fr5739.html Don

Detailed Review:

Beginners Guide to The TI MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board

 

A Beginners Guide to The TI MSP-EXP430FR5739         Experimenter Board

 

I have loved Electronics, since I was a kid. I learned how to fix my Transited Radio, (back in the 60's) by heating up the Cracked or Loose Solder Joints on it's Board, with my Weller Soldering Gun - Iron (inherited form my Dad). When my Radio or Walki Talki or Train Set Controller... Stopped Working or only worked intermittently. I figured this out, just by inspecting the Board and by moving and shaking it around a bit. If it made any noise. Then I figured that there must be something loose inside. So, as I did with everything... I took it apart to see what was inside:) Re-Soldering the joints, would usually make them work again. If you held it and your tongue just right, that is;) It was quite exciting to be able to fix my Beloved AM Transistor Radio and other toys, all by my self!:) Growing up I had a Reel to Reel Tape Recorder and a Realistic Cassette Recorder. Which I figured out how to Wire a Big Speaker to. By connecting it to the Speaker wires inside. Or by wiring up my own 1/8 inch male plug to go into the Head Phone Jack (if equipped). Don't do this with a 1950's TV that has a big Transformer wired up to the Speaker. That thing runs on 110V AC, Not Low Voltage DC!:O It Blew my Speaker in the Box that I made trying that!:O I still have those two 1950's TV's in the Garage:) Our first TV and my MaMa and PaPa's too (Mamaw and Papaw, ok... Grandma and Grandpa;). And I had some, now Antique, Tube Radios. That I took apart and Discarded later... Too bad I thought those things were worthless, back then!:O I wanted to go to school for Electronics. But in Junior High, someone (a teacher if I remember right) told me that I had to be Good at Math to do that!:( I was not, good at math and still am not, good at math. But, for the last 13 years I have worked with Computers, allot. I love to Install and Try out Linux Distros on Old and New PC's. My favorite Linux Distros are Fedora and Debian. Over the years, I've learned to trouble shoot hardware problems and build new Computers too (from kits of coarse). And I've really learned allot about Software. Both Windows and Linux. But, I'm not a Coder and Can't write Programs at all. So, I will have to learn to install the Free and Open Source Code that others have Shared on the Internet. And maybe learn to do a few changes for my purposes too. I have also worked with allot of Audio Video Gear over the past 35+ years. Mostly in the Operation and Installation Areas. I mixed for Concerts for 13 years. I installed Telco Equipment for a year in 2000. That was a good Paid Learning Adventure:) I did AC Electrical Trouble Shooting as a Maintenance Mechanic for Buildings. And I'm pretty good with DC wiring in Cars too. So now, with the coming up of Open Source Software, which I have been heavily into for the past 6 years. I've also discovered Open Source Hardware. And I am really wanting to learn about Micro Circuits and Prototype Boards. I read about these projects almost every day. I usually Post what I find on my Blog at, http://donsdeals.blogspot.com/, along with other things that I find interesting. I've seen many types of Proto Boards used in some very interesting Projects. From TI’s MSP430 Launchpad, STMicroelectronic’s Discovery, The BeagleBoard, to the ever popular Arduino. I'm in the research and discovery mode now. Figuring out What Development Board to would be best for me to learn with. So, this opportunity to try out and learn about the MSP-EXP430FR5739, has been a Great one for me!:)     Thank you TI for giving out 100 MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Boards     to all of us who applied on http://www.element14.com/community/roadTests/1030!:)    

 

So, here's my beginners take on the TI MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board. It has some very impressive and to me... futuristic features. Namely the FRAM Memory. The first thing I noticed on the box was the big orange letters, spelling FRAM. The first thing that came to my mind was. What's this Board got to do with FRAM Oil Filters??? I'm an old Car Guy;) And FRAM has pretty much the same Big Orange FRAM on their Boxes too. But, then after I did some... or well, allot of Searching and Reading on the TI Web Site and on Google too. I found out that FRAM is the new type of Memory that TI is using on the MSP-EXP430FR5739. I suppose it would be better pronounced F-Ram. But, FRAM is faster and easier to say. Here's the cool thing about FRAM and why I call it Futuristic. It's made from Crystal! "FRAM is crystal-based." You know... like in all of the Electronics and Space Ships on Stargate and Smallville and in the Original Super Man TV Series and the Movies:) Yep, the Future is here!:) Here's a bit of TI's info on FRAM...

 

FRAM Series

 

     * FRAM - Boldly going where no microchip has gone before.

     * Welcome to the Microcontrollers Section of the TI E2E Support     Community.

 

FRAM Technology Overview

Welcome to the future of embedded memory

 

As the world demands faster and higher performance in every application, new memory technology is needed to enable smarter solutions. FRAM from Texas Instruments provides unified memory with dynamic partitioning and memory access speeds 100 times faster than flash. FRAM is also capable of zero power state retention in all power modes, which means that writes are guaranteed, even in the event of a power loss. And with a write endurance of over 100 trillion cycles, EEPROM is no longer required. All of this is possible at less than 100μA/MHz active power consumption – a first for the semiconductor industry.

Benefits of embedded FRAM

 

     * Ultra-Low-Power Read/Write

       With Increased Throughput

     * True Unified Memory –

       Configurable as Flash or RAM

     * Industry-leading

       Read/Write Speeds

     * Virtually Unlimited Write Endurance –

       1014 Cycles

     * Inherently Secure and

       Radiation-Resistant

(That's Right! If you are planning on building that DIY Space Ship this year or you just need a Board for your Automated Electronics in your A-Bomb Shelter... The MSP-EXP430FR5739 is here Now! That's just me Don thinkin out loud, though;)

 

     * MSP430FR57xx

       Datasheet/Errata

 

     * MSP430FR57xx

       Products

 

FRAM can write more than 100x faster than flash, while consuming     less power!

 

     * Test case

           o CPU speed @ 8MHz

           o Both memory options writing 512B memory blocks

     * FRAM max throughput = 1400kB/s @ 730μA

     * Flash max throughput = 12kB/s @ 2200μA

 

FRAM offers virtually unlimited write endurance of 1014 cycles –     this is 10,000,000,000 times better than Flash!

 

     * Test case

           o CPU speed @ 8MHz

           o Both memory options capped @ 12kB/s throughput (typical     application)

     * FRAM will last for 6.6x10^10 seconds

     * Flash will last for 6.6 minutes

 

FRAM - Ultra-Low Power Read / Write

Summary: FRAM's increased write endurance enables 10,000,000,000x     longer memory life cycles than Flash

 

FRAM - Inherently Secure and Radiation-resistant.

 

FRAM offers additional security and robustness compared to existing Flash and EEPROM technologies. Since FRAM is crystal-based, rather than charge-based, its Terrestrial Soft Error Rate is below detection limits and is not susceptible to radiation.

 

Additionally its ultra-low power requirements and high speed make FRAM data reads and writes virtually undetectable to unauthorized sniffing or data profiling. (Oh! Does this mean those guys at Hack5 soon wont be able to read your e-mail by sniffing your WiFi connection at the Coffee Shop any more? Don;)

 

Go to the TI Site and Read More on FRAM...
http://focus.ti.com/mcu/docs/mcuproductcontentnp.tsp?familyId=1751&sectionId=95&tabId=2840&family=mcu&paramCriteria=no&DCMP=FRAM&HQS=fram#1

 

It was very easy for a beginner to try out the MSP-EXP430FR5739's On Board Demo (already on the Chip). All, you have to do is, Download the Demo Program Source Code and GUI Software (Windows only, not available for Linux yet). "Not Supported * MSP430 (Roadmap for support in a subsequent 5.1.x release) Read More about Linux Support here... http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Linux_Host_Support. But, I still did about 2 hours of research before actually Plugging mine in to the USB on my old WinXP Box. I've been running Fedora and     Debian Linux for the Past 6 years and hardly ever even Boot a Windows System. So, I really would like to see some Linux Support soon. I remembered all of the Head Aches that you can get into. If you don't install the Supporting Drivers and Software in the Right Order (first or last, after plugging in the USB Device, it depends on the Device). Now, here's my only Complaint so far. The TI Web Site is a menagerie of information. Not that allot of information is a bad thing. Not at all... But, it seems that every MSP430 Device that they make, has links on every Page about the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board. This makes it hard to sift through all of the links that don't pertain to the MSP-EXP430FR5739. It took allot more reading on the Site and then on Google, which often works better for me. I like to use Search Engines and I can usually find things faster on Google than by sifting through all of the info and links on a Site.

 

(Note 01-13-12)

How TI can improve their Web Site?... This was a question on a Survey that they asked me to fill out after I wrote this Article... Well... Make it easier to find the specific information that I am looking for. Stop Duplicating irrelevant content on every page. Only have the info that has to do with what I am searching for in Search Results. Keep only links that pertain to the model of product that each page is about. For instance, only have links to MSP-EXP430 Software and Documentation and Forums on it's page. Not so many other Boards mixed in. This forces you to read to much extraneous info, just to find the Manual PDF or the Software Downloads.

 

(Back to the Original Article)... 

I did find out that the older MSP430 Code will run on the MSP-EXP430FR5739 though, among other things, that I can't remember right now. But, what was I looking for??? The Manual, of Coarse! I cold only read the Enclosed Printed information with a Magnifying Glass and Glasses Combined. This is the case for most all Electronics or any kind of Documentation that you get with Products these days. So, the first thing I do, is look up the Manual and Download it. You can search the Document on the Computer and make the Text Bigger too. But, it took me about two hours to find enough info to feel ready to get started and Plug that thing in and press some buttons. Once I got my PDF Manual Open and my WinXP Machine up and running with the Drive and Software Downloaded to it. I was quickly on my way. Since, I'm a real beginner with Prototype Boards or anything besides a Computer Motherboard. I had no idea what all of the numbers and specs meant in the GUI App. But, I was very Pleasantly Surprised to find out the the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board Can Sense Temperature Changes and can Tell you if it, the Board it's self, is Level or Not. TI says it can be used in building a Battery Charging System too. Say, from Solar Panels or even Body Heat!:) The Potential Applications are Many!

 

Now the Software to Change or Build New Code. That is allot more involved... TI's License Schemes are the most confusing that I have ever seen!:O Go here to read about the TI Software Licenses... http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Licensing_-_CCS#Subscription. And, I'm not use to having to deal with anything but Totally Free and open Source Software for the last 6 years too. Since that first day, when I got my MSP-EXP430FR5739 Board and spent about 4 hours total reading and researching on it. I have spent another two 4-6 Hour Days Reading and Researching on the Easiest Software to get started with. From TI and the on the availability of Open Source Software that will work for the MSP-EXP430FR5739. I did find some Open Source Software available here, http://mspgcc.sourceforge.net/. But it's all Command Line Stuff and I don't type accurately or remember commands all that well. So, I think that I will start with the TI (Free, but not fully functional) Code Composer Studio v5, CCS and the new Grace Plug-in... 

 

IDEs including CCStudio. Go here to Read more and Download...
http://focus.ti.com/dsp/docs/dspsupporto.tsp?sectionId=3&familyId=44&tabId=2433

 

"Grace is a plug-in to Code Composer Studio that allows you as an MSP430 developer to generate the peripheral’s set up code within minutes. This will save you much of the work of poring through user guides and copying code examples and allow you to focus on the more important aspects of your application'... Go there to Read about Grace... http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Grace_Quick_Start_Guide?DCMP=Grace&HQS=Other+OT+grace#Welcome.    


Grace™, the graphical code generator for MSP430

 

Video Link...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe3hlNskHlU&feature=player_embedded

 

That Video on the Grace Plug-in Sold me!:) So, I downloaded CCS v5, both the Linux and the Windows Versions. Though if I understand it right, the Linux version, wont do Builds for the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Boards or any MSP430's for that matter. I'm not completely sure about that. This new version might, but the date on the Wiki Page was 09-02-11. Read More about Linux Support here... http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Linux_Host_Support. I installed CCS v5 on my Fedora 14 System and Opened it up. It is a bit slow. Since it has a built in Web Browser and Depends on Flash for some of it's features. Like Playing the intro Video. It never came in, after about 3 minutes of waiting. I just stopped it and went on to another section of the Software (And I have an 18mbps Internet Connection too). I tried it 3 times and I even Rebooted my Modem and Routers to make sure, that my Connection was working well. I will try it out in WinXP later. The Grace Plug-in only comes in a Windows .exe file anyway. So, I'll need to work in Windows...

 

There's a "Community" Page for the MSP-EXP430FR5739 and I did a Search for "MSP-EXP430FR5739" there. There's Plenty of activity there. So, that might be a good place to get help... http://e2e.ti.com/search/customsearchresults.aspx?q=MSP-EXP430FR5739&m=a&g=93

 

It comes with some extras. Three Connectors and a Micro Crystal. But I haven't figured out exactly how to use them yet. Here's the Page for the Micro Crystal in the kit.... "ROHS compliant, Leadfree Process Suitable. The MS-crystal is a square-bodied metal-can package with formed leads, intended for surface mounting and reflow soldering.     The parts are supplied in tape and reel for easy pick and place     mounting." Go there... http://www.microcrystal.com/Products/Quartz-Crystals/10---2100-kHz/SMD-Metal.aspx

 

Here's Some Training and info in the links below...

 

MSP430 Trainin

 

 

 

http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=7215178127096169025&postID=1473663023580666684&from=pencilMSP430 videos

I started watching some interesting Videos here...
http://focus.ti.com/mcu/docs/mcuproductcontentnp.tsp?sectionId=95&familyId=342&tabId=2847

 

I found the element14.com Site via a Video by Jeri Ellsworth... 

Jeri has 10 years of design experience in custom ASIC, FPGA, system level and mechanical design spaces, In addition to design work, she has extensive experience in production and pilot run failure analysis.  She is well known for many of her popular electronic toys, SOC and video compression designs.

Go see her newest Video...
http://www.element14.com/community/groups/jeri-ellsworth

 

This guy is ok too... I guess;)...

Ben Heckendorn, star of the all new Ben Heck Show, sponsored exclusively by element14. Join Ben and his friends for bi-weekly episodes as they build and mod a host of amazing community-inspired electronics creations.

Go see his newest Video...
http://www.element14.com/community/community/experts/benheck?ICID=HpBanner_BenHeck

 

So, if you have more or even the same amount of Experience as me with Proto Boards. You might want to check this one out!:) I'm putting all of the links from my Research at the Bottom of this Post...

 

Don    

 

Don's Profile Page...    

    

 

Specs on the MSP-EXP430FR5739         Experimenter Board

The MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board is a development platform     for the MSP430FR57xx devices. It supports this new generation of     MSP430 microcontroller devices with integrated Ferroelectric Random     Access Memory (FRAM). The board is compatible with many TI low-power     RF wireless evaluation modules such as the CC2520EMK. The     Experimenter Board helps designers quickly learn and develop using     the new MSP430FR57xx MCUs, which provide the industry's lowest     overall power consumption, fast data read /write and unbeatable     memory endurance. The MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board can help     evaluate and drive development for data logging applications, energy     harvesting, wireless sensing, automatic metering infrastructure     (AMI) and many others.    

The MSP430FR5739 device on the experimenter board can be powered and debugged via the integrated ezFET, or via TI Flash Emulation Tool, like the MSP-FET430UIF.

 

For demo program source code and GUI for the MSP-EXP430FR5739,         click here.    

http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=7215178127096169025&postID=1473663023580666684&from=pencil    

 

Features
  • Integrated MSP430FR5739         :        
    • 16KB FRAM / 1KB SRAM
    • 16-Bit RISC Architecture up to 8-MHz
    • 2x Timer_A Blocks, 3x Timer_B Block
    • 1x USCI (UART/SPI/IrDA/I2C ) Blocks, 16Ch 10-Bit ADC12_B,             16Ch Comp_D, 32 I/Os
  • 3 axis accelerometer      
  • NTC Thermister      
  • 8 Display LED's      
  • Footprint for additional through-hole LDR sensor      
  • 2 User input Switches      
  • Connections        
    • Connection to MSP-EXP430F5438          
    • Connection to most Wireless Daughter Cards (CCxxxx RF)          
  • User Experience        
    • Preloaded with out-of-box demo code          
    • 4 Modes to test FRAM features:            
      • Mode 1 - Max write speed              
      • Mode 2 - Flash write speed emulation
      • Mode 3 - Fast sampling with writes using accelerometer              
      • Mode 4 - Fast sampling with writes using Thermistor              
      • Mode 1 & Mode 2 include ULP option to turn off                 display & optimize for power management              

 

Go there...

http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430fr5739

 

Update 02-10-012:

 

I found an Online MSP430 Editor and Compiler, at...

 

Inventor Town

 

This is an online MSP430 firmware editor. This means that you       edit C-code within your web browser without having to install an       IDE such as IAR or CCS on your computer. The files are compiled on       our server and you download them from there. Using this tool to develop MSP430 firmware from within your browser is very simple, but does not offer as many advanced features as an expensive IDE.

Read More...

http://donsdeals.blogspot.com/2012/02/online-msp430-editor-and-compiler.html 

 

 


Links from my Research. I checked them for Duplicates. Thought some names are the same, the URL's lead to a Different Page or Tab of the Page...

 

 

TI FRAM MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board hack
Four-Three-oh!           MSP430 Forums • View topic - MSP430 support for 430FR (FRAM)           parts?      
mspgcc - GCC toolchain           for MSP430      
/faq/      
mspgcc      
GCC           toolchain for MSP430 - Browse Files at SourceForge.net      
GCC toolchain           for MSP430 | Free Build Tools software downloads at           SourceForge.net      
GNU Binutils      
mcu_newsflash_May11      
Texas           Instruments « The Mad Science of an Insane Ginger      
CircuitGeek |           Electronics How To, Projects, MCU, Hacks, DIY blog      
MSP-EXP430FR5739           | SohilPatel      
GNU Binutils      
MSPDebug -           Manual      
Grace           Quick Start Guide - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
projects           :: hijack      
MSP430           Microcontroller | 16 bit Microcontroller | 16 bit MCU – TI.com      
FRAM           Series Overview from Texas Instruments      
MSP-EXP430FR5739           Experimenter Board - MSP-EXP430FR5739 - TI Tool Folder      
FRAM           Series Overview from Texas Instruments      
RF           Connectivity with Microcontrollers– TI.com      
Getting           Started from Texas Instruments      
MSP430           Microcontroller | 16 bit Microcontroller | 16 bit MCU – TI.com      
MSP430           Ultra-Low Power Microcontrollers Tools & Software from           Texas Instruments      
MSP-EXP430FR5739           Experimenter Board - YouTube      
jwestmo's           Channel - YouTube      
New           MSP430F5438 Experimenters Kit - YouTube      
MSP-EXP430FR5739           Demonstration - YouTube      
MSP-EXP430FR5739           - Experimenter Board unboxing - YouTube      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board - Google Search      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board code - Google Search      
Download           CCS - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board code open source -           Google Search      
Devboard           deal: TI Experimenter Board for $15 (50% off) - Hack a Day      
Linux           Host Support - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
Download           CCS - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
Download           CCS - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board open source - Google           Search      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board hack - Google Search      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board pin outs - Google           Search      
ti           fram msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board lcd - Google Search      
Experimenter Board Texas Instruments MSP-EXP430FR5739 Description The is a development platform for the MSP430FR57xx devices It supports this new generation of MSP430 microcontrol      
Development           Kits | Four-Three-Oh!      
My           new Dev.Board : MSP-EXP430FR5739 | Ahmet YILDIRIM      
texas           instruments - Hack a Day      
TI           Microcontrollers | TI MCUs | Authorized TI Distributor |           Mouser      
ti           msp-exp430fr5739 experimenter board - Google Search      
TI MSP430           "Fraunchpad" Polyphonic MIDI Synth - YouTube      
ti           msp-430 lcd - Google Search      
Low Power           MSP430 LCD Display - YouTube      
MSP430           Launchpad & Nokia 5110 LCD Display - YouTube      
msp430           noklcd - YouTube      
Dailymotion           - MSP430F5xx microcontrollers provide breakthrough ... - a           News & Politics video      
ti           msp-430 board - Google Search      
ti           msp-430 board lcd - Google Search      
MSP430Projects's           Channel - YouTube      
MSP430Projects's           Channel - YouTube      
MSP430Projects's           Channel - YouTube      
Ultra-low           Power EKG Monitor Demo - YouTube      
Quick first           project with MSP430 Launchpad - YouTube      
Community:           Development Tools - element14      
Code           Composer Studio (CCStudio) Integrated Development Environment           (IDE) v4.x - CCSTUDIO - TI Tool Folder      
myRegistered           Software      
Code           Composer Studio IDE Getting Started from Texas Instruments      
Category:CCS           - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
Category:Code           Composer Studio v5 - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors           Wiki      
Linux           Host Support - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
Grace™,           the graphical code generator for MSP430 - YouTube      
Grace           - Getting Started Guide - YouTube      
TI           Software Approval - TI.com      
TI           Software Approval - TI.com      
Grace           Installation - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
MSP430™16-bit           Ultra-Low Power MCUs - TI E2E Community      
TI           E2E Community - Search for MSP-EXP430FR5739      
CCSv5           Fundamentals Workshop - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors           Wiki      
MSP430           LaunchPad (MSP-EXP430G2) - Texas Instruments Embedded           Processors Wiki      
Licensing           - CCS - Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki      
myRegistered           Software      
TI           - Activation ID is a 32 digit code      
my.TI           Account Home      
Micro           Crystal - 30 - 200 KHz / SMD Metal Package      
FRAM           Series FAQ from Texas Instruments      
CC430           for Space Constrained, Ultra-Low Power, Wireless Applications      
16-Bit           Ultra-Low Power MSP430™ Microcontrollers Training from Texas           Instruments      
Code Composer Studio           (CCStudio) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) v4.x -           CCSTUDIO - TI Tool Folder      
Capacitive           Touch Sense Library - CAPSENSELIBRARY - TI Software Folder      
MSP430™16-bit           Ultra-Low Power MCUs - FRAM Series - MSP430FR5739 - TI.com      
Micro Crystal -           Home      
msp430fr5739           fram wireless - Google Search      
TI           MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board | Mouser      
MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board Linux serial connection - MSP430 Ultra-Low Power 16-bit Microcontroller Forum - MSP430™16-bit Ultra-Low Power MCUs - TI E2E Community      
msp-exp430fr5739           embedded linux - Google Search      

TI Texas Instruments eStore

 

TI eStore – Home           Page      
TPS84620EVM-692           - Evaluation Module for TPS84620 6-A Synchronous Buck,           Integrated Power Solution      
EZ430-F2013           - MSP430 USB Stick Development Tool      
TMDX28069USB           - F28069 Piccolo controlSTICK      
AM/DM37x           Evaluation Module - TMDSEVM3730 - TI Tool Folder      
TMDSEVM3730           - AM/DM37x Evaluation Module      
Corporate           Citizenship Report: Environment - Overview - Texas Instruments      
MSP430           Microcontroller | 16 bit Microcontroller | 16 bit MCU – TI.com      
FRAM           Series Overview from Texas Instruments      
FRAM           Series Product Search from Texas Instruments      
MSP430™16-bit           Ultra-Low Power MCUs - FRAM Series - MSP430FR5739 - TI.com      
MSP430           Ultra-Low-Power Microcontrollers      
Temperature,           Wireless, USB Data Logger | Watch Development Tool| TI.com      
Texas           Instruments - Terms of Use

Elemant14 RoadTest Pages

 

element14:           Agilent MSOX3024A X-series InfiniiVision Oscilloscope      
element14:           Group: RoadTest      
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  • Hi Don,

     

    Still looking at the various options.

    During my research, I kind of stumbled upon what I think is a solution to Einsteins Unified Field Theory.  So I have been focused upon documenting my ideas and currently have a good friend double checking the math.

    If everything continues to pan out, we will be releasing a book later this year that will define the theory and explain all matter and energy, how it interreacts and we only need four dimensions to make it all work.

     

    Keep tuned, once I get through all of that, I will get back to my lightning research.

     

    Thanks

    DAB

  • Hey DAB, How's that project putting the "5739 board into an enclosure so that I can use it to record lightning flashes, thunder and pressure vibrations due to thunder at the ground level" Comming Allong? Sounds very interesting...

     

    Don

  • Hey thanks brijesh! Glad you liked it:)

     

    Don

  • very nicely presented the review with full of detail of the board ...!!

    the board is amazing and useful to learn msp430 and FRAM

    this review helps people to learn and how to start with this board ..!!

    Very nice my friend..!!

  • Most of the Fram oil filters were made in Greenville, Ohio.

    I am not sure if the plant is still there, but I know they made the filters for many many years.

     

    I once visited a TI plant north of Dallas.  It was on the defense projects side, but I had a nice time while I was collecting information so that we could interface our MCU powered control circuit to one of there products.

    By the way, at the time, I was using TI's 9900 16 bit microprocessor.  I see a lot of the same architecture in the MSP430.  Given the success I had thirty years ago, I feel confident in using them for new projects today.

     

    I am slowly working on putting my 5739 board into an enclosure so that I can use it to record lightning flashes, thunder and pressure vibrations due to thunder at the ground level.  As I collect data, I may start a blog on it.

     

    Meanwhile, keep having fun, these MSP430 boards are really neat.

     

    DAB

  • Hey thanks DAB:) So, where did they make those FRAM Oil Filters anyway? That reminds me... I ment to mention, that I live in Azle, TX. About 50 miles away form the TI Head Quarters. I wnet out there one time back in about 92 and asked for a job. But, they were in a downturn then. Just like the Defense Industry, where I had just been laid off from. They seemed so shocked, that I just walked into their Corporate Head Quarters and asked for a job. But, that's how most people did it, where I'm from, in small town TX, back in those days... I read on your profile that you like helping newbies learn. So, I may be asking you some questions, when I get a chance to play with my new MSP-EXP430FR5739 again...

     

    Don

  • Excellent Review and beginners guide.  I wish I had your ability to write up the detail and keep it interesting.

     

    By the way, one of my Aunt's used to make the FRAM oil filters you refer to.  I am not a car guy, but I have a memory for an infinite amount of trivia.

     

    DAB

  • In case you missed it in my Review... There is something wrong with the Element14 Site's Blog Posting System. My Detailed Review wont show up, no matter what I try. But, you can read the Rest of my Review on my Blog at, http://donsdeals.blogspot.com/2011/09/beginners-guide-to-ti-msp-exp430fr5739.html

    Don