Category Archives: MSP430 Launchpad

Introducing TI MSP430 Microcontrollers

MSP430 Launchpad Board

Texas Instruments (TI) is a well-known US-based semiconductor manufacturer. TI is perhaps best known to many as the manufacturer of some of the fanciest scientific calculators in the market. Of the long list of electronic devices produced by TI, microcontrollers are on the top. TI manufactures some of the coolest and advanced microcontrollers of the market today. There are several categories of micros from TI. These include general purpose low power MCUs which mainly comprise of MSP430s, ARMs like TM4Cs, MSP432s, etc, micros for wireless communications like CC2xxx series, ARM + DSP micros, DSP-specialized micros like the TMS32xxx series and

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MSP430 Launchpad cyclic timer switch


This MSP430 Launchpad cyclic timer project is written by Shawon Shahryiar from MicroArena and describes a cyclic on/off timer switch with a standard character LCD for displaying the on/off time as well as the state of the switch, and which can be programmed through capacitive touch inputs. The On and Off times can be programmed separately and the timer cycles endlessly through the set times. Shawon uses the TTP224 integrated circuit to implement 4 capacitive touch inputs in the project. The firmware for the project was developed using Energia IDE and can be downloaded from the link at the end

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MSP430 powered IR remote control for room automation

MSP430 based IR remote control

Rohit Gupta writes about his MSP430 powered IR remote control that he uses for room automation to control a mosquito repeller and a RGB mood light in his room using a Sony TV remote. Buzz..Buzzzz..buzzzzzzzz .. That is how a lone mosquito irritates you in the middle of the night trying to convince you that his lullaby is helpful. Insignificant or not, But truly that is the underlying inspiration for this project. The Mosquito repellents have this obnoxious smell that I would not like to sleep in and these loner mosquitoes who just piss me off by buzzing in the

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Automatic fish feeder with portion control

Automatic fish feeder

Dimitri from Stuttgart, Germany has made this automatic fish feeder for his special fish who needs extra care for not being overfed. So he wanted a fish feeder with reliable portion control, which he found missing in most of the existing automatic feeding devices, leading him to make one by himself. He used MSP430 as the main controller in his automatic fish feeder. A stepper motor driven by L293NE is used to control the mechanics of automatic feeding and portion control. Three tact switches are used for user inputs, whereas for visual indication of the device functioning, three LEDs are

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