Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced their latest creation, the Stellaris Microcontroller (MCU) Robotic Evaluation Platform (EVALBOT), which would give developers several more tool and software options.
This new mini robot platform gives the developers flexibility to select from a diverse range of software tool chains, with which they could completely gain access to the Stellaris Cortex-M3 MCU in their chosen environments. This EVALBOT also is preloaded with a StellarisWare application and also includes a number of example projects written in source code along with a demo that would help the developers to work with the expansion port of the kit, which backs up the TI Wireless evaluation modules.
Its key features include integrated Ethernet, 96 K SRAM, USB On-the-Go/Host/Device and CAN, an 80 MHz Stellaris LM359B92 MCU with 256 flash and a StellarisWare software in ROM. The other important features are the support of multiple tool chains such as keil MDK-ARM, TI Code Composer Studio, IAR EWARM, CodeSourceryScourceryG++, Code Red Technologies Red Suite and generic GNU. Its expansion port could support end customer extensions and TI wireless modules. The StellarisWare code base is the basis for motor control and audio software projects and example display for putting concepts into work and practice. This system has a bright 96 x 6 blue OLED display along with an on-board speaker and opto sensors for detecting wheel rotation and also sensors, which detect bumps. A single USB cable is included for debugging.
TI offers a wide range of microcontroller solutions both for general purposes and for high performing MCUs.