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USB firmware grade on MSP430 MCU

Posted: 06 Jan 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments  MSP430  MSP430 

With the advent of USB, end users can perform firmware upgrades in the field by simply attaching the device via USB and executing an application on the host PC. Such an approach has numerous advantages:
- Problems discovered after product release can be fixed.
- Reduced need for high-touch support, because problems can often be solved by instructing the user to upgrade firmware.
- End users have a more positive experience with the product.
- Product returns can be reduced.

According to Texas Instruments (TI), the USB solution for MSP430 microcontrollers has been designed to make this process simple and straightforward. The device contains a USB-based on-chip bootstrap loader, and TI provides a Windows source project for downloading firmware that can be quickly customized. This source can be built with Visual C++ 2008 Express, available from Microsoft at no cost. This guide is intended for developers creating a basic USB firmware upgrade system.

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