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Trenz Electronic Announces I/O Expansion Board for Texas Instruments Stellaris Launchpad

Orbit Booster Pack is an add-on board for the Texas Instruments Stellaris LaunchPad microcontroller evaluation kit

(PresseBox) (Bünde, Germany, ) Trenz Electronic is pleased to announce the release of the Orbit Booster Pack, an add-on board for the Texas Instruments Stellaris LaunchPad microcontroller evaluation kit. The Orbit greatly expands the input/output capabilities of the LaunchPad, as well as introducing Digilent Pmod expansion connectors.

The Orbit BoosterPack includes two 1x6 Digilent Pmod connectors, a 3-axis accelerometer, a 256 Kbit I2C EEPROM, and I2C temperature sensor, a 128x32 pixel OLED display, an analog potentiometer, as well as other exciting features.

The Stellaris LM4F120 LaunchPad Evaluation Board is a low-cost evaluation platform for ARM Cortex-M4F-based microcontrollers from Texas Instruments. The design of the Stellaris LaunchPad highlights the LM4F120H5QR microcontroller with a USB 2.0 device interface and hibernation module. With the TI Launchpad and Orbit Booster, users can learn how to program the ARM microcontroller by visualizing the result.

A collection of tutorials targeting for the use of the TI Launchpad and Orbit Booster Pack have been created by several educators, including Craig Kief, deputy director of COSMIAC, a space technology research center at the University of New Mexico. These tutorials provide an introduction to microcontrollers, with the topics ranging from beginning material, like loading the software, to more advanced topics, like accelerometers and sensors. They are now used in microcontroller workshops funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) are available to download for free at COSMIAC Microcontroller website.

Pricing and Availability

Digilent's Orbit Booster Pack and TI Launchpad are available today for 29.99 USD and 14.00 USD, respectively.

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