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MSP430 Evaluation Systems
ES2274 for F22x4/F22x2
ES449 for F44x
ESG439 for FG43x
ES437 for F43x
ESW427 for FW427
ES427 for F42x
ES417 for F41x
ES169 for F16x/F15x
ES1611 for F1611
ES1232 for F1232

MSP430 RF Boards
MRF1611CC1100 RF Module
DZ1612 Zigbee Demo
DZMD1612 RF Demo

MSP430 Demo Boards
DG439V LCD Demo
DIr169 Infrared Demo

MSP430 Breadboard Units
BLCDA4 for F41x
B169 for F16x/F15x
B1611 for F1611
B149 for F149
B1491 for F1491
B2131 for F21x1
B1232 for F12xx
B1121 for F11x1


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Our ES449 evaluation system for the MSP430 allows you to experiment with the features of the MSP430F449 and our sophisticated SBLCDA2 display.

It features:

  • MSP430F449 flash processor
  • Our custom 7 digit 3v 4-mux SBLCDA2
  • Texas Instruments RS232 interface using the MAX3221
  • Adjustable TPS7201 LDO for benchtop use
  • One-cell power supply based on the TPS60310 (3.3v from one AA or AAA battery)
  • CR2032 coin cell supply and 3.3v capacitive charge pump
  • JTAG header, perfect for use with our FETP or USBP (not included)
  • Bootload header, perfect for use with our UBSL or BLMSPF (not included)
  • 4 green user LEDs
  • 2 user switches
  • Every MSP port pin exposed at IDC headers
  • Large prototyping area
  • Roomy 2Mbit SST serial flash for data logging applications
  • DAC7512 12-bit low-power serial DAC
  • 32kHz watch crystal

Pricing and Ordering Information

To order any of our products, you may order directly from us (Net 30 or credit card) by phone or e-mail, or here via our e-store:

Part Number Price Description Order
ES449-N-N-N 199.00 ES449 only Add to Cart

Or, if you prefer, order via one of our distributors.

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Related Items

  • Get the FETP for parallel port JTAG programming.
  • Get the USBP for USB port JTAG programming
  • Get the SB6V for 6v DC lab power use.
  • Get the ISOFETP for parallel port JTAG programming with 1000v isolation for power-mains projects.
  • Our PWIRE prototyping wires assist with making fast, easily changed port pin connections
  • Need a second RS232 interface? Use our BRS232.
  • This board features our SBLCDA2 LCD.

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ES449 User's Guide (PDF) Updated:December 29, 2004

ES449 Block Diagram (PDF)

SBLCDA2 LCD Datasheet (PDF)

ES449 IAR Demo For IAR Systems' Embedded Workbench IDE V4.X

Quadravox Twirly Demo (ASM)

ES449 Jenny Demo for Quadravox (ASM)

CrossWorks Starburst Segment Demo (C)

SBSIM430 All-On LCD Sample Project (ASM)

ES449 Jenny Demo for IAR (C)

SBSIM430 Animated LCD Sample Project (ASM)

SST25VF driver code fragment sample (C)

SST25VF C Driver

ES449 Jenny Demo for CrossWorks (ASM)

ES449 Jenny Demo For IAR V2.0 or newer

ES449 DAC Demo For IAR V2.0 or newer

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Q1: How much power does the serial flash require?
A1: The SST25VF020 flash on the ES449 requires up to 30mA during writes. The AAA and coin cell supplies on the ES449 are intended to demonstrate the snooze mode of these highly efficient supplies. For serial flash experiments, use the lab supply, and field your product with a higher-power supply.

Q2: Is there any way to remove AQ430-449 (ES449Q Kit) from one computer and use it on another?
A2: Our policy is the same for AQ430-449 as for AQ430: we allow the user to install the software on up to 3 PCs, as long as it is not in use on more than one PC at a time. However, the user must ask us for another response string for every new installation. We use the registration string to count the responses we sent for a given license.

Q3: I want to use a different lab voltage than the 3.0v on the board. What do I do?
A3: We've used the TPS7201 to allow changing the lab power voltage by only changing one resistor, R27. Refer to the TPS7201 documentation for more details. For your convenience, we've listed a few key values below:

Voltage Resistor Actual VCC
2.7v215k 1%2.70v
3.0v261k 1%3.02v
3.3v301k 1%3.30v
3.6v342k 1%3.59v

Q4: OK, I've got the documentation, but still have trouble mapping segments to code. Help?
A4: No problem, this can get a bit fuzzy.

Imagine you want to make a '3' appear in the right-most digit (digit 7, see SBLCDA2 spec page 4). This would require the illumination of segments A, B, C, D, G, and M (see page 4). This means that 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7G, and 7M must have 1s in the segment registers, and all other 7x segments must be a zero.

On the ES449, these segments are provided at pins 23 through 26 (page 5). Per page 6, and the ES449 schematic, pins 23 through 26 are connected to segment lines S12 through S15, in reverse order.

Now, flip your brain inside out once more. The following means that S12 through S15 have to get the following bit pattern:

S12: 0x02 (segs N:M:K:J)
S13: 0x0F (segs D:C:B:A)
S14: 0x04 (segs P:Q:G:H)
S15: 0x00 (segs x:E:F:x)

This means that the LCD registers must be set as follows:

LCDM7 = 0xF2; // S21:S20
LCDM8 = 0x04; // S23:S22

Q5: I accidentally loaded F13x/F14x/F15x/F16x code onto my F41x/F42x/F43x/F44x MSP430 and now it won't work. What is going on?
A5: Here is the official answer from TI:

Register address 0x56 is used for different functions on F149 and F449:

F149: DCO clock frequency control
F449: SVS/Brownout control

This means, (depending) on the value loaded to 0x56, the SVS might be set to a lower level then the actual supply voltage is, causing (periodic) Resets. This would prevent access through JTAG.

So, if this happens to you, try to max the operating voltage, hold reset, make a JTAG access and perform a mass erase to get the F1xx code out of your F4xx.

Q6: Are there any Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) that you would recommend using with the ES449 / MSP430F449?
A6: Check out FreeRTOS. It is a totally free and open-source real-time kernel. They even have a port which is already configured to run on our ES449.

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