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 IQmath Library for microcontrollers, from Texas Instruments (TI), now supports both the 32-bit C2000 and Stellaris MCU platforms. The TI IQmath Library is an optimized collection of high-precision mathematical functions. The library enables programmers to seamlessly port floating-point algorithms into fixed-point code. Developers can use the software to achieve execution speeds considerably faster than equivalent code written in standard ANSI C language. The IQmath Library speeds development and addresses the limitations of fixed-point math by eliminating time-consuming scaling and saturation burdens. IQmath software is free and available for download through StellarisWare software or C2000 controlSUITE software.
Texas Instruments (TI) rolled out the Stellaris 13.56 MHz RFID Wireless Kit ($99), Stellaris 2.4 GHz SimpliciTI Wireless Kit ($125), and Stellaris ZigBee Networking Kit ($249). The kits are based on the Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers (MCU). The Stellaris kits include software and reference design solutions for adding RFID, low-power RF and ZigBee capabilities to designs. The three wireless desing kits are available for order now. The Stellaris EM2 Expansion Board is also available for $39.
Texas Instruments announced the DesignStellaris 2010 design contest for embedded engineers. Each entry will be judged equally on technical merit, originality, usefulness, cost-effectiveness and design optimization by an independent panel of judges. Additional points will be awarded for the use of the StellarisWare IEC60730 library and for applications that improve safety or reliability with SafeRTOS. DesignStellaris 2010 contest will take place through June 23, 2010.