TI has released a firmware updater for their Launchpads. The exe is a GUI-based utility to update the emulator firmware of the MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad kit (MSP-EXP430G2). With this update, your LaunchPad will be able to support all new and future MSP430G2xx Value Line devices.
You can get more information on TI’s wiki page.
Please exercise caution while upgrading your firmware. There have been reports of Launchpads getting bricked with this update. Perform an update only if you need to program new devices. Also make sure to read the e2e and 43oh thread links below.
Important README notes, so that you avoid bricking your Launchpad:
- Make sure the USB driver for LaunchPad is installed correctly on the used PC. Usually this requires either an MSP430 IDE being installed on the PC (either CCS or IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430) or an internet connection to load the driver from Microsoft. The LaunchPad USB driver is NOT provided with the update utility, the tool relies on a correctly installed USB driver.
- Plug in LaunchPad via USB with MSP430G2xx device on DIP socket. The update utility checks for the presence of the target device. No update will be performed if the DIP socket is empty.
- Make sure only ONE LaunchPad is connected to the PC at a time . The update utility will detect if more than one LaunchPad is connected and refuse to perform an update of the emulator firmware.
- Double click the LaunchPadFirmwareUpdater2.0.exe and follow instructions on the screen. IMPROTANT: Do not disconnect the LaunchPad from USB while the update is running! This might cause an unrecoverable error state of the LaunchPad!!!