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spirilis

hm yeah I stuffed a launchpad in my last mouser order and got the old 2k flash version.  Stuffed some 16k flash chips in the latest order I should be getting early this week.  Guess I should go direct thru TI for that stuff...

James C4S

I got mine over a year ago.  I eagerly opened it up and realized the compiler environment was Windows only.  It went back in the box and has been sitting on my self ever since.
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westfw

There is a gcc compiler environment for MSP430, and you can run it on linux and Macs.  There is a somewhat active community (not as big as you'd expect based on the number of launchpads "sold", but pretty significant.)   The msp430 gcc compiler is under active development (active enough to be "exciting", in both good and bad ways.  One of the relatively recent developments (since launchpad was first released) was an arrangement with TI whereby the gcc environment can (and does) use TI-provided include files for the chip-specific peripheral definitions.  This isn't as good as if TI supported the gcc environment themselves, but it's a lot better than having the gcc community have to maintain all those files themselves!  (a lot of the other recent development has to do with supporting the "extended address" (>64kB) MSP430s...)

spirilis


There is a gcc compiler environment for MSP430, and you can run it on linux and Macs.  There is a somewhat active community (not as big as you'd expect based on the number of launchpads "sold", but pretty significant.)   The msp430 gcc compiler is under active development (active enough to be "exciting", in both good and bad ways.  One of the relatively recent developments (since launchpad was first released) was an arrangement with TI whereby the gcc environment can (and does) use TI-provided include files for the chip-specific peripheral definitions.  This isn't as good as if TI supported the gcc environment themselves, but it's a lot better than having the gcc community have to maintain all those files themselves!  (a lot of the other recent development has to do with supporting the "extended address" (>64kB) MSP430s...)



Have you had much luck getting the serial port drivers to work on a Mac for the LaunchPad?  I ended up d/l'ing something off TI's website that talked about modifying USB vendor IDs 'n stuff, but when I tossed the driver on mine (Snow Leopard) it just reported some unknown error.  I guess I'll post in the 43oh.com forum and ask but was looking for clues..

westfw

No.  I got the HID interface working so that the MSP430s could be programmed, but never had the serial interface working at the same time.  There were rumors that there were incompatibilities between the way the Mac and the TI board implemented "compound devices."  (However, I think that was two MacOS releases and at least one firmware release in the past...)

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