Using the MSP430 Launchpad as an external programmer

For those looking for a cheap in-circuit programming device for your TI MSP430-based projects, Kerry Wong has documented a simple and inexpensive method of making your own using the MSP430 Launchpad board. As the board includes flash emulation hardware, this section can be isolated and used for external MCUs.

Considering the price of the Launchpad, this is a simple and effective method. For complete details, visit Kerry's website here. And for more news, updates and items of interest.please follow us on twitter, Facebook and Google+.

For those of you looking for an entry point into the low-cost and low-power microcontroller world, the Texas Instruments MSP430 Launchpad kit is an inexpensive and simple start:

For only $10, the LaunchPad includes a development board, two programmable MSP430 microcontrollers, mini-USB cable, PCB connectors for expandability, external crystal for increased clock accuracy, and unrestricted software integrated development environments (IDEs) – everything you need to get started today!

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