First of all, special thanks to element14 for giving me this opportunity. From the day I first came to know about TI's Connected Launchpad, I really wanted to have one. And now, I'm holding one in my hands. Thanks a lot!!
Today morning, I got the packet. It was a small packet -- smaller than the MSP430G2 launchpad box. Holding it in my hands and climbing the stairs to my hostel room, I was wondering. Is it this the development board boasting a 32-bit ARM Cortex M4 CPU, 1MB flash, 256KB SRAM, 6KB EEPROM, 10/100 MAC+PHY Ethernet controller?? Reaching my room, I opened the packet and found this small box - Classic TI black and Red design Box. And yes -- it's holding a Tiva C Series TM4C1294 Connected Launchpad.
I broke the seal and opened the lid. There lies this beautiful red PCB -- launchpad. The box also contains a retractable Ethernet cable, a USB debug cable, and read me booklet!!
The booklet contains instructions on how to setup an Exosite account and add your device to the website. It also has the booster pack standard pinouts. And one more thing -- it asks to connect the launchpad to a Windows PC( I don't know why, but I'm going to connect it to my Ubuntu machine ).
Onboard we have two user buttons, one reset button and one button labled 'WAKE' -- I'm yet to search what this button is for. Then we have four leds in a row( D1-D4 ) on the board. There are connectors available for supporting two booster packs. And as usual a lot of jumpers -- one set for the power select( ICDI/OTG/Booster pack ), another pair for 3v3 regulation. and another pair for UART/CAN selection. Also we have two rows of( 49x2 ) holes to connect headers if we want to connect to breadboard.
And finally I thought a comparison between my MSP430G2 and new TM4C1294XL would be something interesting. Both boards are of almost same width by inspection, but the connected launchpad is twice the length of my MSP430G2.
Next, I may be writing about how to setup the development environment.