My new Development Board : MSP-EXP430FR5739

Hi everybody,

I just got back home from Sakarya. One of the reasons i came back to Istanbul this weekend was a delivery received from Farnell. It was the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board :) . As soon as i came home , i reach the shipment box and opened it. I was already very excited about this board whole week. This development board is going to be a complete new journey for me after my long journey with the Arduinos… anyway enough with the chit chat :)

Lets get into some detail… Why i choosed this board?
You might have already noticed my interest in motion-controlled apps & technologies. It was first started with the Nokia Symbian smartphones with built-in accelerometers.I developed two apps for those devices one called AlertMe and the other was nGUN. I also developed some experimental apps too which are not released for public use. I kept experimenting with accelerometers on my N95 with Python s60 on the go. It is fun and very entertaining to play with accelerometers.



What im planning to build with this board?
You know i started a weekend project 4 months ago which i was aiming to build a Self-Balancing Robot.I did write the communication & control part of the codes.But then i realised it’s not going to be possible to maintain the balance with that much of weight onboard and with that little motors. So the project ended. The weight onboard in that project was mostly unnecessary but i had to use those as i had no accelerometer hardware except for the one inside my phone N95 and i had no way to communicate with the Arduino except using usbhost mode of my n810 . anyway… that’s about it…
But Now i got a Development Board with a built-in Accelerometer.Finally i can re-start Self-Balancing Robot project. :)

Let’s get to know our Development Board… Its specs…

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. It 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.

It can be powered and debugged via the integrated ezFET, or via TI Flash Emulation Tool, like the MSP-FET430UIF.

  • 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

I got this development board from Farnell, whole of the process has been very easy and smooth .Shipment took less than a week even though the far distance (from UK to Turkiye ).
http://tr.farnell.com/texas-instruments/msp-exp430fr5739/board-experimenter-msp430fr57xx/dp/1893308

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