I have a free sample of the TI MSPF5308IRGCR MCU and I want to program it.
Is there some simple way to transfer a program without having to invest in the relatively expensive JTAG? The JTAG is in the vicinity of $100 and looking at the tutorial for other microcontrollers such as Atmel, the program transfer modules available there are rather cheap, in the vicinity of $10.
Is it an inescapable cost to buy a ~$100 to start with a TI MSP530 for a newbie hobbyist? Or is there something rather simple that I am missing.