The result is perhaps the most fun evaluation kit yet created. The kit comes with the Texas Instruments (TI) LM3S9B92 processor, Ethernet, microSD, USB Host and Device, PWM motion control, I2S audio and a slew of other features. What makes this kit unique is the function and form. Its given name is the Stellaris Robotic Evaluation Board, but many have come to know it as simply EVALBOT. A fully functioning mobile two wheeled robot about the size of a compact disc; this kit masterfully cures the evaluation kit doldrums. EVALBOT ships unassembled thus presenting a Christmas morning, tinker toy like joy to assemble. Created to demonstrate the Micrium uC/OS-III RTOS on a Stellaris processor, this kit is available separately or bundled with the companion two part book covering the RTOS as well as the kit. What better way to get to know an RTOS than to put it to use? What better way to put an RTOS to use than to put it into motion? EVALBOT elegantly brings motion to the static realm of evaluation kits. In so doing it re-introduces the fun that brought so many of us into the MCU field in the first place.
EVALBOT’s possibilities extend well beyond the simple robotic examples that are featured in the text. Would TI include all of this connectivity so that it could sit idle? Perhaps most intriguing is the inclusion of a pair of headers designed to mate with common TI wireless evaluation kits offering connectivity in the sub-gigahertz and 2.4 gigahertz spectrum. EVALBOT is a beginning of fun things to come. Enjoy and try to not to grin too much when your boss signs the purchase order.
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