TI debuts Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad for $4.99 USD

in ARM, News by DP | 4 comments

Texas Instrument just released the Stellaris LaunchPad for sale for less then $5. It’s a LaunchPad series development board based around the Cortex M4 Stellaris family of digital signal processors.

The Stellaris LaunchPad is the latest addition to the Texas Instruments LaunchPad ecosystem, an innovative portfolio of low-price evaluation kits and expansion boards that lets engineers experiment and develop with easy-to-use, modular design environments. The Stellaris LaunchPad uses the BoosterPack XL connection standard that consists of two pairs of dual gender 20-pin stackable headers.

Alex got his hands on one and wrote a review we blogged about earlier.

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  1. Eric says:

    Nice little board that works well. We just got some in stock and will be adding them to the website in the next day or so.

  2. Drone says:

    I’d like to see a comparison of this $5 TI Stellaris board with the $15 STM32F4DISCOVERY. Both boards seem to be based on Cortex-M4 ARM Intellectual Property (IP). But to be fair, the ST board has a bunch of peripheral parts and runs at 168 MHz max.

    What I would really like to see is a comprehensive comparison of the TI vs. ST development tool-chains, and what Open-Source options are available between them.

    I like seeing this low-cost development hardware coming out from the big-iron uC manufacturers. [Getting the Greedy Marketing MBA Goons out of the way must have been a challenge for them.]

    Now – if only they get their act together in terms of the pricing/crippling and usability of their software development tool-chains and/or programmers. [One exception, with caveats of-course, is ATMEL. AVR Studio and their AVR Dragon, which is now firmware un-crippled, is a significant exception, but not the rule in the Industry.]

    • Christoph says:

      Well you just have to dig into open source toolchains.
      Watching the uC world the past years, it’s cool to finally see some hobbyist friendly ARM dev boards pop up. I truly think this is the way to go. Leave the 8bit playground and stay up to date. I am already excited about what comes next? Probably multicore CPUs will reach the hobbyist embedded world.
      Well but I really have to do my homeworks with the single cores first.

    • asdf says:

      TI have their own toolchain (CCS), ST don’t have one. Third-party toolchains will support both equally well. Some development boards have on-board debug interfaces that may not be supported everywhere, but as long as you can use an external JTAG/SWD interface you’re golden.

      Teach yourself how to use the opensource tools (GCC, OpenOCD etc.) and most toolchain issues disappear forever.

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