“I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.”
– Old Chinese Proverb-
It is always more efficient for you to move your hand, and code the MSP430 chips by yourself. If you haven’t buy the development board, you can buy at TI store or from any other reseller or distributor.
To download the software (Code Composer Studio), go to TI Wiki. Click to download the latest CCS. Currently the software is supported only in Windows and Linux.
To install CCS, simply follow the instruction on the GUI after you clicking the installation file you downloaded. It should not be any problem installing the software.
After installing CCS, double-click the CCS icon. The “Workspace Launcher” shown below will appear.
I like to create my workspace (which is the folder where all the programming codes and necessary files saved) in the Desktop. You can save your workspace in any other directory. Click “OK” after you have define the directory for workspace. CCS main interface will pop-up after taking some time to setup.
Now, click on “Project” à “New CCS Project…”, then, “New CCS Project” window will be shown.
Step 1: In the Target tab, key-in the chip number that you plan to use. If you are unsure, check the chip label.
Step 2: Name your project so that you can identify and access your project next time.
Step 3: Click the “Finish” button to complete the setup.
If your steps are all correct, then your project files should be visible at the Project Explorer Window:
The main programming code that we will learn later on will be created and amended in the main.c file. Note that the .c extension indicates that we are using C language. We can however, program the chip using assembly language. But it will not be covered in this e-book.