MSP430 Development with Linux

Using Linux and the TI MSP430 processor to create blinking LEDs is a learning exercise, not just a way to make cheap Sci-Fi movie panels.


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Anon's picture

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cihip's picture

MSP430 Development with Linux post for thanx.

MSP430 programmer

Dilip Shirke's picture

Dear sir/madam

I am student of electronic sc. I want to develope systems using MSP430 but I donot have development board for it I know technique for PCB fabrication If you provide me layout for it so I can start working on it.

Thank you

You should put this on TI's MSP430 site

Anonymous's picture

Go to They have tons of msp430 apps available for download!

MSP430 Dev just got a lot easier and cheaper

Doug LaRue's picture

Nice article Brian but I just wanted to let everyone know that TI has a MSP430F2013 dev setup for $20 and it works with the msp430-dgbproxy. It's call the EZ430 and you can even get 3 extra msp4302012 boards for $10, also from TI.

Now the real 'goody' is that you can get Eclipse using standard packaging software in Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Edubuntu along with the CDT but it's an older CDT so I had to get v3.1.1 in .deb format elsewhere. I was also able to build the mspgcc tools, get the gdbproxy 'seeing' the USB based EZ430 and coding/debugging from within Eclipse.

Pretty awesome. I'll be putting together some online pages to help anybody through this and will post the link ASAP.

Oh, supposedly, the MSP430-JTAG-UIF adapter works the same as the EZ430 adapter since they both have the same USB ID. The difference is the EZ430 uses the 4 wire spy-bi-wire interface and not the full JTAG interface. This does mean that a good number of other MSP430 chips can also be developed and debugged with the $20 EZ430 setup with the right wires/pins connected.

ez430 doc

Anonymous's picture

Hi there. Did you ever put up a tutorial for the ez430 and linux? im working in circles trying to get the two work together.


ez430 doc

Anonymous's picture

Hi Wernher,

please have a look at this resources:
(Thanks to Friedrich Lobenstock)

I 've got it work on a openSuse 10.2 (32Bit) System. If you use the, it should install from sources for another distribution too.
To avoid a lot of errors download the complete "downloads" dir to your install directory before you start. There are also a few problems with the pathes in - you should solve them.

Good luck,


help help help

Ankur shah's picture

neeed desperate help!
i am a first time user of gcc and am trying to work out things for a project. howeve a silly thing frustrates me. can anyone tell me how one can read or retrieve data from the keyboard using gcc?? i am finding it difficlut using scanf or even commands like getchar, which my system doesnt recognise? are there any other ways??

msp430 and Linux 10 64bit

Parseval's picture


I'am trying a solution of the cdk-msp under linux 10 64bit since 3 days now and it is making me crazy.

I cann't use the src.rpm (error: Legacy syntax is unsupported: copyright).

My problem is to get the connection to the JTAG Interface with the msp430-jtag or the msp430-dbgproxy.

Can someone help me plz.


64 Bit MSP

amattas's picture

Were you ever able to get 64Bit MSP430 to work?

Eagle, PCB Fabrication

Frank Chambers's picture

The Eagle website has links to several PCB suppliers that can and will work directly from Eagle .brd files. I have used these services for several years and have obtained very good results at a low cost. The company I have done the most with CustomPCB seeems to prefer working with the brd file and provides a rules file for design check prior to sending the file.

This saves the extra steps of converting to Gerber and then trying to see if it is correct.


excellent article

timborn's picture

I look forward to LJ every month, and with few exceptions read every article. The quality and caliber is uniformly high.

This particular article, however, got positively dog-eared from being re-read a half dozen times. It rekindled a lost love of micros and tinkering. I had flashbacks of when Ciarcia wrote Circuit Celler articles for BYTE many years back (yep, I know about Circuit Cellar Ink, but I'm basically a sotfware guy with a hardware itch, and most of those articles are lost on me).

I would love to see more articles along this line, perhaps expanding on the board layout & etching process eluded to at the tail end of the article. I have etched boards before at home; it's a pain. Clearly there are better ways available now.

Curious how one goes about installing surface mount chips, since it looks like the MSP430 are all surface mount - no bugs with legs for tinkerers!

I make a lot of my own PCBs

Leon Heller's picture

I make a lot of my own PCBs at home, and don't have any problems soldering chips like the MSP430 - plenty of light, magnification and a good soldering iron (I use Metcal equipment) are essential.


Using MSP-430 USB debug interface

Sameer's picture

Hi all,
I want to know whether we could work out programming and debugging msp430 using the MSP430-USB-Debug-Interface. I have MSPGCC's latest version. I tried download using msp430-jtag -e filename.elf but is don't seem to be working. I found very few explations about using USB interface for MSP430 on net.

Sameer S. Upasani
India, Pune

Using MSP430 - eZ430 on ubuntu / linux?

Arun's picture

I would like to know if there is way to use the eZ430 USB stick on linux specifically on ubuntu! Any info in this regard will be of great help :-)
Thanks and regards,

Ez430 Linux USB Driver FIX!

Anonymous's picture


After two days of searching the net, I finally found the fix we've been waiting for.
First, I made fetched ti_usb_3410_5052 v1.1 driver, hoping that would fix it (v0.9 is in the latest kernel for some reason.) After an hour of fixing it to compile with my ubuntu kernel, I was back to square one with this error (v1.1 just adds some product ids, doesn't seem to add any other functionality.)

[462913.996000] drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for TI USB 3410 1 port adapter
[462914.000000] drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for TI USB 5052 2 port adapter
[462914.000000] ti_usb_3410_5052 3-4:1.0: TI USB 3410 1 port adapter converter detected
[462914.000000] /home/tom/tars/ti_usb_2.6-1.1/src/ti_usb_3410_5052.c: ti_startup - product 0xF430, num configurations 1, configuration value 1
[462914.000000] /home/tom/tars/ti_usb_2.6-1.1/src/ti_usb_3410_5052.c: ti_startup - device type is 3410
[462914.000000] /home/tom/tars/ti_usb_2.6-1.1/src/ti_usb_3410_5052.c: ti_download_firmware - downloading firmware
[462914.532000] /home/tom/tars/ti_usb_2.6-1.1/src/ti_usb_3410_5052.c: ti_download_firmware - download successful
[462914.812000] usb 3-4: reset full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 58
[462915.020000] usb 3-4: device firmware changed
[462915.020000] usb 3-4: USB disconnect, address 58
[462915.020000] ti_usb_3410_5052: probe of 3-4:1.0 failed with error -5

That was the original error. Essentially, it is a bug in driver. After looking at 5+ patches, I ran across one by Oleg V.

It is also right here.

Quoting Oleg Verych <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> pp-by: Oleg Verych
> ---
> i.e. no more uGLYdev with sysfs
> Alan, i'm looking forward to deal with this crutch :-E
> drivers/usb/serial/ti_usb_3410_5052.c | 6 +++---
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> Index: linux-2.6.21-rc1/drivers/usb/serial/ti_usb_3410_5052.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.21-rc1.orig/drivers/usb/serial/ti_usb_3410_5052.c
> 2007-02-23
> 05:03:57.691537658 +0100
> +++ linux-2.6.21-rc1/drivers/usb/serial/ti_usb_3410_5052.c 2007-02-23
> 05:22:22.766512292 +0100
> @@ -389,13 +389,13 @@
> usb_reset_device(dev);
> }
> - status = -ENODEV;
> + status = 0x01E; /* positive status -- device to be reconfigured
> */
> goto free_tdev;
> }
> - /* the second configuration must be set (in sysfs by hotplug script) */
> if (dev->actconfig->desc.bConfigurationValue == TI_BOOT_CONFIG) {
> - status = -ENODEV;
> + (void) usb_driver_set_configuration(dev, TI_ACTIVE_CONFIG);
> + status = 0xA1B;
> goto free_tdev;
> }
> --

So all you have to do, is download your kernel sources, and apply this patch. Now if yoti_usb_3410_5052ur kernel version is < 2.6.16 or so, you will also have to add in the PRODUCT_ids for the Ez430 device. I suggest you upgrade your kernel, since the product id fix is in kernels >~ 2.6.16 or so.

I applied the patch by hand, to the /usr/src/linux-source---/drivers/usb/serial/ti_usb_3410_5052.c file.

recompile.... And viola, it works! if I modprobe it before or after the device is inserted, no hotplug script needed!

Here is the working dmesg dump

[464233.560000] drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for TI USB 3410 1 port adapter
[464233.560000] drivers/usb/serial/usb-serial.c: USB Serial support registered for TI USB 5052 2 port adapter
[464233.564000] usbcore: registered new interface driver ti_usb_3410_5052
[464233.564000] /home/tom/tars/ti_usb_2.6-1.1/src/ti_usb_3410_5052.c: TI USB 3410/5052 Serial Driver v1.1
[464241.468000] ti_usb_3410_5052 3-4:2.0: TI USB 3410 1 port adapter converter detected
[464241.468000] usb 3-4: TI USB 3410 1 port adapter converter now attached to ttyUSB0

So in conclusion, apply patch to a newer kernel, and enjoy. I'm glad I devoted my time into fixing this stupid problem once and for all.

--Tom Golubev

TI MSP-30 USB interface

Tommaso Toffoli's picture

Dear Sameer:

I'm very interested in that issue. I wonder whether you got any
responses to you enquiry, or in any event found some information on how to interface the MSP430 USB development kit to Linux. I would like to
drive the development (assembly/running/debugging from a Python environment.
Many thanks


Bodo Michalski's picture

By reviewing your articles I found out that the quality is very high. I take a lot of advantages from the articles for my work. Thank you to the linux-team and all the comments.
Bodo Michalski from Germany