Ti Stellaris LaunchPad

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Last week two of these arrived at my doorstep. It’s the newly launched Texas Instruments Stellaris LaunchPad.

I pre-ordered directly from Ti a few months ago. https://estore.ti.com/Stellaris-LaunchPad.aspx

Specs from Ti.com:

The Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit includes the following items:
  • Stellaris LaunchPad Evaluation board (EK-LM4F120XL)
  • USB Micro-B plug to USB-A plug cable
  • ReadMe First quick-start guide

The Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad evaluation board offers these features:
  • 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 to expand the capabilities of the Stellaris® LaunchPad development platform

The EK-LM4F120XL works with StellarisWare, as well as several different software tool chains, including:
  • Keil
  • Sourcery CodeBench
  • IAR Tools
  • CodeComposer Studio

The LM4F120H5QR that the launchpad uses is an 80Mhz 32bit Arm Cortex M4 with floating point and 256KB Flash / 32KB SRAM / 2KB EEPROM. It also includes dual 12-bit ADC, 6×64-bit and 6-32-bit timers and many serial comms. (From the back of the box.)

Here are some pictures:

Outside packaging

Nice note inside with the USB cable

LaunchPad powered, with default code, blinking RGB LED

Powered from a solar powered USB hub

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