The MSP430 Emulator is actually somewhere between an emulator and
a simulator. While it does not attempt to simulate all actions for
the sake of performance, it does attempt to simulate connections
to external devices, cycle accuracy, and other usefull things.
While this project started out as an educational tool, it has the
potential to be a fantastic framework for emulating other, more
difficult MSP430 models, their peripherals, and the external system
Can be used
There are two options for using this emulation tool. The first requires little setup other than you're prepared ELF iamge. The second is used when time critical applications need to be analyzed. You can connect to a local emulation server through our web interface.
For running a local instance of the MSP430 Emulator, you will have
to clone the source code and build it:
. Build instructions are found there. Once you have built the
software (which consists of two programs you will need, the
emulator itself and the emulation server) you will see two
executables appear in the root of the source tree: "server", and
"MSP430" is the emulator itself, and "server" is the emulation server which will host instances of the emulator which you can access at the same time from your web browser. All you have to do is run the server program via "./server" on the command line, making sure that "MSP430" is in the current directory. It is best not to move the exexutables out of the source directory.
To access the emulator, open up your web browser and navigate to the same web page you would go to run the online emulator. This can be found here. On the bottom left of the control panel, there is a button labeled "Run Local"; Click this button to access your local emulation server. When you are running locally, you will see the checkbox in the bottom left corner checked. You are now running locally!