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This document details the software which needs to be installed on the host computer before taking the tutorial. Depending on the Labs you want to take, you only need to install a subset of the 5 tools described below.

Iar kickstart

This is required for all labs.

IAR is the tool used to program the eZ430-RF2500 boards. The free Kickstart version is limited to compiling 4kB of code.

Ti sensor monitor demo

This is required for all labs because it installs the drivers enabling your computer to talk to the mote.

Sensor Monitor is demo software which provides a graphical interface to the Texas Instruments Sensor Monitor Demo.

  • Download from (External Link) .
  • Follow default installation for Demo Visualizer, Sensor Monitor Installer.exe
  • Store the eZ430-RF2500 Wireless Sensor Monitor IAR Source v1.02 directory on your computer.


This is required for all labs.

PuTTY is used to read from the serial COM port created by the eZ430-RF2500 board when connected to the host computer.

  • Create folder C:/Program Files/putty/
  • Download (External Link) into that folder.


This is only used in Lab 5 .

Xming is a Linux-like X server which enables cygwin script to display windows.

  • Download from (External Link) .
  • Follow default install, but choose not to install any SSH client.


This is only used in Lab 5 .

Cygwin is a Linux-in-Windows environment, enabling Linux-like script execu- tion on a Windows machine.

  • Install from (External Link) .
  • Follow default installation. When asked for a Download Site, choose http://www.gtlib.gatech.edu This is a must as GATech's download site contains the python-numpy package we will need. .
  • When packages are listed, click on the button in the upper right corner until obtaining Full. You obtain a list of all installable packages (much like programs in Windows), marked with the word Skip when not installed, or the version number when installed.
  • Using that list, add the following packages. This is done by clicking on the work Skip next to the package name.
    • python : An interactive object-oriented scripting language
    • python-numpy : Python scientific computing module
    • gcc-g++ : C++ compiler
    • gnuplot : A command-line driven interactive function plotting utility
  • Click next several times to finish the installation.

The Python gnuplot extension enables us to visualize data output by the mote connected to the computer. To install it:

  • Open cygwin
  • download gnuplot-py-1.8.zip
  • unzip that file and place folder gnuplot-py-1.8/ within inside folder C:/cygwin/
  • open cygwin
  • type the following lines
    • cd /cygdrive/c/cygwin/
    • python setup.py install
  • open C:/cygwin/lib/python2.5/site-packages/Gnuplot/gp_cygwin.py with WordPad
  • change line default term = 'windows' to default term = 'x11'
  • change line gnuplot command = 'pgnuplot.exe' to gnuplot command = 'gnuplot.exe'

Start menu shortcuts

While not strictly necessary, creating Start Menu shortcuts will make your life easier.
  • Create a folder ezwsn in the Start Menu folder (typically C:/Documents and Settings/All Users/Start Menu/ )
  • in that folder, create shortcuts to the following programs:
    • PuTTY
    • IAR Embedded Workbench
    • XLaunch (part of Xming)
    • cygwin
    • eZ430-RF2500 Sensor Monitor

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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