TI slashes cost of ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller design
Texas Instruments has reduced the entry price for ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller design with its Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad evaluation kit, costing $5.
With integrated analogue and floating point capabilties, the MCU will be used for real-time digital signal control in consumer electronics, human interface control, and health applications.
“The kit includes all the hardware and software needed for developers, hobbyists and university students to get started in 10 minutes or less,” said the supplier.
The Stellaris LaunchPad uses the BoosterPack XL connection standard that consists of two pairs of dual gender 20-pin stackable headers. Its 40 access pins allow interface 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.
The kit is based on a 32-bit LM4F120H5QR Cortex-M4 MCU with floating point operating up to 80MHz, 64kbyte flash with 100,000 write/erase cycles and two 12-bit 1MSPS ADCs and up to 27 timers, some configurable up to 64-bits.
Licence- and royalty-free StellarisWare software pre-loaded in ROM to conserve flash memory; software eases design and allows developers to speed time to market.
Incorporates USB connectivity and other peripherals including serial ports for UART, I2C, SSI/SPI and CAN controllers so developers can support the communication standard best suited for their application.
Developers can immediately purchase the Stellaris EK-LM4F120XL LaunchPad evaluation kit at the promotional price of $4.99.
Developers ready to begin expanding the functionality of their Stellaris LaunchPad can purchase numerous BoosterPacks by visiting www.ti.com/stellaris-boosterpacks.