ARDUINO V/S MSP 430 : Which is better ? Currently, there are two processors/platforms that are getting a lot of attention in the hobbyist community. The first, of course, is the Arduino. The second is the TI MSP430 line of processors, particularly the Launchpad platform. These have become popular because TI has been practically giving them away. It’s the least costly microcontroller development platform that I’m aware of. Prepare a case study of some of the key differences between these two platforms.