I, like many others, ordered a TI launchpad after hearing about the 4.30 cent microcontroller with free shipping. Its hard to resist a pretty complete kit, includes cables and all for that price. My problem is I really don’t have time for a new language….its hard to keep track of all of the ones I currently use let alone whatever TI’s code composer studio uses. In addition….I have a lot of usable code stored up for my arduino. When I saw that someone had ported the Arduino IDE to Launchpad I jumped at the chance to try it. The folks at Energia have done just that and its pretty awesome.
Look Familiar? it should.
How to get started.
Step 1. Install drivers for your MSP430 launchapd which can be found here
NOTE: if you have already installed code composer studio then you already have drivers and can skip this step
Step 2 Install energia, really just unzipping a folder, also download it from here
Step 3. Setup energia for your launchpad, this is done the same way as it is on an arduino select
Tools->Board->select which board/chip combo you are using
Step 4. Select which port you are using
Step 5: start coding
Note: the pinout looks slightly different on your launchpad, after all its not an arduino.
hopefully this will help, I hope you guys like my sweet graphics on this one
Check out the Official Site here
Or the Getting started guide here