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5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent, 27 Feb. 2009
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C. Molinos Solsona (Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: MSP430 Microcontroller Basics (Paperback)
This introduction to the MSP430 is much more than an informing read. I would say it is also very readable, simple without losing rigour and among all, fun. It covers not only topics related to the MCU itself but it also explains very clearly basic concepts on electronics. Congratulations to the author Mr Davies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, comprehensive with lots of examples, 19 July 2013
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The MSP430 is a range of microcontrollers from Texas Instruments(TI). They are not that well known in the hobby or maker communities here in the UK, where, Arduino, AVR and PIC systems dominate. However with introduction of the Launchpad starter board TI started to address this. At the time of writing this board is the least expensive to get started with micro controllers for the curious amateur.

John's book is a great introduction to the subject. It takes the reader from the basic through to the advanced uses of the '430 range. There are plenty of examples in "C" and Assembler, he deals with interfacing the chip with peripherals, such as LEDs, LCD displays and so on. He writes with clarity, the information is clearly laid out and logically presented. To get the best from the book you will need a reasonable knowledge of the C programming language, some knowledge of solid state electronics, and some algebra. As John teaches at university I suspect the book is aimed at undergraduates. However don't let this put you off. I am a 60 year old amateur electronics enthusiast and I found it fine. One of the nice things about the book is that it does not dumb down the subject. Nor does it make it overly complicated.

So, why only 4 stars? The book was published in 2008, well before Ti produced the Launchpad board and the latest chips. So arguably it needs to be brought up to date. Apart from that it's great and I am glad I spent the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MSP430 Microcontroller Basics, 24 May 2014
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Great book. I programmed various systems for 40+ years and this book has enabled me to quickly grasp how to use micro-controllers, in particular the TI MSP430. The author's approach is very logical, going chapter by chapter through the various peripherals, increasing your feel for how registers/bits get named, for instance. For that same reason I use it as reference book quickly pulling out the next section I need for my projects. Great code examples (C and asm). Just can't go wrong with it.
Only qualm is I feel he spent too long on the section on digital I/O, a lot of which was not MSP430-related, and would be known by most readers already. But its still useful stuff and its better in there than not. A bit too heavy on ADC theory also.
If the author updated the book to include information on using the current TI Launchpad boards It would be, beyond question the one and only book anyone would ever need to learn MSP430. I love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Jan. 2015
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R. Chohan (London) - See all my reviews
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Dr Davies appears to have done a very good job: I look forward to going through the book
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