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Msp430 Hello World, … Blinky with Simpliciti!

Another Hello World example with msp430 using Simpliciti api. Beyond being a simple project, it is also a nice base/template project for other Simpliciti projects.

This example assumes you have installed:

  • the usb driver to connect the msp430 to
  • TI Code Composer Studio (CCS)
  • downloaded and installed Simpliciti to “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\”

Info about installing the usb and/or CCS

Create the project

Launch Code Composer Studio (CCS) and create a new project like here. In this example, the project is called “HelloWorld_Simpliciti”, referring to TI Simpliciti library. And the main c file is called “HelloWorld_SimplicitiMain.c”

The workplace should like something like this:


Create the source

Add following code to HelloWorld_SimplicitiMain.c:

#include "bsp.h"
#include "mrfi.h"
#include "bsp_leds.h"
#include "nwk_types.h"
#include "nwk.h"
#include "nwk_api.h"


int main(void){

   for (;;){

Setup Simpliciti

Include options

The code above depends on the simpliciti api which needs to be included in the project.
In project properties, select “c/c++ Build”
Select tool settings tab
Select “MSP430 compiler”->”include options”
Add the following dirs to the search path:

  • “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Components\bsp”
  • “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Components\bsp\drivers”
  • “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Components\bsp\boards\EZ430RF”
    This dir depends on the type of board being used for this project
  • “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Components\mrfi”
  • “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Components\simpliciti\nwk”
  • “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Components\simpliciti\nwk_applications”

Include configuration files

Simpliciti requires 2 configuration parts to work properly, even when the network api is not used.

From the project context menu, “Link Files to Project …”:

  • add “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Projects\Examples\eZ430RF\Simple_Peer_to_Peer\CCS\Configuration\smpl_nwk_config.dat”
  • add “C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Projects\Examples\eZ430RF\Simple_Peer_to_Peer\CCS\Configuration\End_Device\smpl_config.dat”

Then create following folders to move above files into:

Create a new folder in the applications folder. Name it “configuration”.
Move “smpl_nwk_config.dat” in here.

Create a new folder in the configuration folder. Name it “end_device”.
Move “smpl_config.dat” in here


Configuration files are not included by default. Add these to the project.
In project properties, select “c/c++ Build”
Select tool settings tab
Select “MSP430 compiler”->”Command Files:”
Add the following:

  • C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Projects\Examples\eZ430RF\Simple_Peer_to_Peer\CCS\Configuration\smpl_nwk_config.dat
  • C:\Texas Instruments\SimpliciTI-CCS-1.1.1\Projects\Examples\eZ430RF\Simple_Peer_to_Peer\CCS\Configuration\End_Device\smpl_config.dat

Linking files

Create a folder, name it “components”

Create subfolder:

  • bsp
  • mrfi
  • nwk
  • nwk_applications

This structure represents Simpliciti directories structure. Nwk and nwk_applications  directories are moved up one level for conveniences (otherwise they would have been in another sub directory called simpliciti)

Link all the files c files in these directories. Files are by default linked directly into the project root, move them in the appropriated directories.

The project structure should look like this:



Build the project: project->Build Active Project

CCS now should look like this with following error “Failed to match a default include file”


This is because Simpliciti does not know yet which board type to target. This is done by adding a Pre-define name.

Open the project properties

Select “C/C++ Build”

Select “Tool Settings” tab and select “Predifined Symbols”

Add following symbols in the Pre-define NAME section.

  • __MSP430F2274__
  • MRFI_CC2500

To run ahead, the MRFI_CC2500  symbol tells Simpliciti which radio to use or the following error is thrown “Unknown or missing radio selection.”


Build & debug

Connect msp430 to the computer.

Build the project: project->Build Active Project


Hit F8 to continue … and watch LED 1 blinking!

Congratulations, with your second Hello World using simpliciti.

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