This project represents a coming together of two activities:
Hence the formal goal of this project is to find out just how fast the EZ430 can communicate over SPI with the sensor. (Alongside this, is the informal goal of keeping busy in my chosen field of expertise during while taking a few months between paid assignments.)

First Impressions

To someone who has wrestled with some rather clumsy microcontroller hardware architectures in the past, the MSP430 is like a breath of fresh air. The implementation reflects the fact that SPI, RS232 I2C etc. are just the same sort of signal bits dancing to different tunes - without sacrificing any run-time efficiency or programming simplicity.
... to be completed! ...