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Texas Instruments recently introduced a new member of the Launchpad development board family based on the Stellaris LM4F120H5QR Microcontroller. This 2" x 2.6" board is attractively priced at $12.99 from the TI eStore.
With a 32 bit ARM M4F 80 Mhz processor, 256 KB of flash, and 32 KB of SRAM this board is significantly more powerful than the earlier MSP430 based Launchpad.
After installing TI's Code Composer Studio development environment and building the standard "blinky" test app I felt the need to go a bit beyond flashing an LED. Inspired by the current popularity of "retro" computing, I decided to see if code from the earliest days of microcomputers might find a comfortable home on the Stellaris Launchpad: Tiny BASIC.