MSP430FR5969 LaunchPad Development Kit

I won the MSP430FR5969 LaunchPad Development Kit in a Twitter contest run by Digi-Key. It features include MSP430 ULP FRAM technology based MSP430FR5969 16-bit MCU, 64KB FRAM, 2KB SRAM, 16-Bit RISC Architecture, up to 8-MHz FRAM access/ 16MHz system clock speed, 2 buttons and 2 LEDs for user interaction. More information can be found on TI’s LaunchPad website.

MSP 430 FR

Texas Instruments offers a cross compiler for its MSP 430 microcontrollers, but I haven’t done any work with it yet.



Atmel SAM D20 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit

Elektor offered an Atmel SAM D20 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit for very small money and publishes a programming course in the magazine. It uses a SAM D20J18 from the ARM-Cortex-M0+ family, has 256 kB flash memory, 32 kB SRAM and runs with up to 48 MHz.

SAM D20 Xplained Pro Evaluation Kit

I haven’t started working with it because the course uses Windows based software, which I won’t use. In the meantime the needed cross compiling chain is on my laptop and I hope I can spent some hours  for experiments in the near future.

Stellaris® LM4F120 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit

Stellaris® LM4F120 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit is populated with ARM® Cortex™-M4F-based microcontrollers from Texas Instruments. It comes with programmable user buttons and an RGB LED for custom applications. The board can be programmed using Linux, but I must confess, that when I tried the instructions found here, I failed. In the meantime I managed to compile and install a cross compiling chain for ARM processors and will give this board another try soon.

Stellaris® LM4F120 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit

LPC800 Mini-Kit

LPC800 Mini-Kit is another Evaluation Kit, this time from NXP. It is populated with a DIP8 packaged LPC810, an ARM Cortex-M0+ based, low-cost 32-bit MCU operating at CPU frequencies of up to 30 MHz. Linux tools already exist, so minimalistic projects can be created with it.