Two thumbs up for TI!

2 days ago there was a post on Hack a Day about a nice deal on TI’s new Stellaris robotic evaluation board (EVALBOT). Even though the deal was never intended to be picked by HaD readers (which ordered the board en masse not surprisingly considering the huge discount, even making TI’s eStore crash in the process ;)), it seems TI will hold up their end of the deal:

As some posts already note, the coupon code is only available to ESC Boston attendees. That said, we’re psyched about all of your interest and understand there seems to have been some confusion, so TI plans to fulfill all of the finalized orders to date. We’re working on some logistics in getting the code up and running again for ESC Boston attendees, but proof of ESC registration will be required. Stay tuned.

We hear you about the e-store and are working as quickly as possible to avoid issues in the future. Thanks for your patience.

Bottom line – we’re glad to see the excitement around EVALBOT and look forward to checking out your projects! We encourage you to share them on our e2e Forums at

-Jean Anne Booth, Texas Instruments

Posted at 3:05 pm on Oct 5th, 2010 by Jean Anne Booth

I was lucky enough to get through after numerous attempts. So if indeed the board arrives one day, TI has earned another huge plus behind their name. If this is anything like their handling and quality of the MSP430 LaunchPad, we’re in for a treat!

The evaluation kit provides a hands-on mini robotic platform for learning and using the μC/OS-III real-time kernel. The evaluation kit includes the following features:

  • Evaluation board with robotic capabilities
  • Mechanical components assembled by user
  • Stellaris® LM3S9B92 microcontroller
  • MicroSD card connector
  • I2S audio codec with speaker
  • USB Host and Device connectors
  • RJ45 Ethernet connector
  • Bright 96 x 16 blue OLED display
  • On-board In-Circuit Debug Interface (ICDI)
  • Battery power (3 AA batteries) or power through USB
  • Wireless communication expansion port

Robot features

  • Two DC gear-motors provide drive and steering
  • Opto-sensors detect wheel rotation with 45° resolution
  • Sensors for “bump” detection

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