3.2. Installing on Windows

3.2.1. Installing CCS

At the time of writing this document, the latest version of Code Composer Studio (CCS) is The following are the steps for installing CCS from TI website:

  1. Go to the main download page: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Download_CCS
  2. Web installers install directly via the Internet. Offline installers download all necessary files so that you can install them safely even without Internet connection. Offline installers are preferred. Select the Windows version offline installer as noted in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Windows Offline Installer

  1. Unless you are already logged into TI website, you will be prompted to login or register to the website. When registering, it is important that you do not give either Yahoo or Gmail e-mail address. If you are a student, give your student e-mail address and details of your college. If you a working professional, give details of your company. You will NOT be allowed to download the software with either Yahoo or Gmail e-mail addresses.
  2. Once you are registered, you will see the download link as noted in Figure 2. Download file size is about 1.3 GB and this can take many hours on a slow connection. The downloaded file should be named CCS5.5.0.00077_win32.zip

Figure 2: CCS Download Link

  1. Execute the downloaded file. You may wish to add CCS plugin to existing Eclipse installation if you have one. However, this will work only if your Eclipse version is between >=3.8.0 and <4.0.0. You are better off leaving this checkbox unchecked. Do a Custom installation. At the minimum, select MSP430 Ultra Low Power MCUs as shown in Figure 3. Note that you require about 1.6 GB of free memory to install CCS. Subsequent screens for installation are shown in Figure 4 and Figure 5. You may see more options if you have selected multiple processor architectures in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Processor Architectures to Install


Figure 4: MSP430 Components for Installation


Figure 5: MSP430 Emulator Support

  1. After installation, start CCS. During first execution, you will prompted to select the license as shown in Figure 6. Select full featured CCS that can be used for 90 days. Note that this step may require Internet connection.

Figure 6: Select CCS License


3.2.2. Using CCS Compiling, Programming, Debugging

At the moment, this procedure is not documented here. Please refer to Getting Started with MSP430F5529 LaunchPad. Two differences are to be noted when applying to WiSense platform:

  1. WiSense platform currently uses MSP430G2955. Hence when starting a new CCS project, set the device variant appropriately.
  2. Pin connections to LEDs on the LaunchPad may be quite different from WiSense hardware. The example code must be updated after consulting WiSense hardware schematics.