Texas Instruments introduced the Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad evaluation kit. The TI Stellaris LaunchPad helps engineers, hobbyists and students explore ARM Cortex-M4F microcontrollers and TI’s Stellaris family of microcontrollers. In addition, the functionality of the Stellaris LaunchPad can be expanded with BoosterPacks. The Stellaris EK-LM4F120XL LaunchPad evaluation kit is available now for the promotional price of $4.99.
The Stellaris LaunchPad uses the BoosterPack XL connection standard that consists of two pairs of dual gender 20-pin stackable headers. The forty easy-to-access pins are for interfacing with external components (BoosterPacks) or custom daughter boards. Two sets of 20 pins on the outer rows of the board have similar functions to the primary header pins on existing MSP430 and C2000 LaunchPad kits. Two inner rows offer an additional 20 pins of Stellaris-based expansion signals for BoosterPack development.
A Stellaris LM4F120 MCU is the core of the TI LaunchPad, which includes many peripherals for real-time digital signal control. The Stellaris LaunchPad includes all the hardware and software needed for developers, hobbyists and university students to get started in 10 minutes or less.
TI Stellaris LaunchPad Highlights
- Stellaris LaunchPad Evaluation board (EK-LM4F120XL)
- USB Micro-B plug to USB-A plug cable
- ReadMe First quick-start guide
- Stellaris LM4F120H5QR microcontroller
- USB Micro-B connector for device
- RGB user LED
- Two user switches (application/wake)
- Onboard Stellaris In-Circuit Debug Interface (ICDI)
- Available I/O brought out to headers on a 0.1″ grid
- Switch-selectable power sources: ICDI, USB device
- Reset switch
- Preloaded RGB quickstart application
- Supported by StellarisWare software, including the USB library and the peripheral driver library
- Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad BoosterPack XL interface with stackable headers