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I want to program that specific microcontroller (MSP430F2274) and i would like to hear your opinion on what programmer to choose . I prefer one that can be used with a linux machine.

So what you suggest me ?

Thank you.

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The MSP430 can be programmed with either four-wire JTAG or a two-wire TI-specific variant called Spy-Bi-Wire. The official programmer-debugger is called the MSP-FET, which supports both four-wire JTAG and Spy-Bi-Wire. If this is for commercial development, you probably want to use this programmer.

For production purposes, TI sells the MSP-GANG 8-controller in-circuit gang programmer.

If you're just a hobbyist, however, the MSP430 can be programmed (Spy-Bi-Wire only) using the MSP430 Launchpad dev kit. DIP package versions can be plugged into the board for programming. For SMT versions, break the Spy-By-Wire pins out to a header on your PCB and make a cable so you can make the appropriate connections to the Launchpad. I've done this with a couple of boards and it is fairly effective.

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Look at the "DRIVERS" section in the mspdebug manual for the full list.

The cheapest option is probably the Launchpad board, and it is already connected to a target, so you can do a simple LED-blink example to get started and prove that the tools are set up properly. Then break out the SBW lines to your msp430f2274 target.

On Ubuntu, you can "sudo apt-get install gcc-msp430 mspdebug" and have a working toolchain.

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