TI Launches $5 “Alternative” to the Raspberry PI

Update: As of October 2012 this is now priced at $12.99.

TI has made it’s $5 alternative to the Raspberry PI available, however to get the special price you need to order soon! Their alternative, the Stellaris board looks interesting enough that I even ordered two as post is included in the price.

The board comes with an ARM Cortex M4F (ARMv7E-M e) architecture along with USB support, the particular chip comes with a built-in floating point processor and DSP instructions. TI also promise that adding peripherals and undertaking a bit if software development will be easy. From what I can see though the board and chipset does not include a graphics processor which in theory could make it less interesting than the PI to many people. That said if you read the TI website they do imply that the chipset is intended more for industrial control applications. TI also offer a number of booster packs that let you add among other things add a capacitive touch sensor, which could be fun for basic sensor applications. The final price will no doubt be a bit higher but for now it is a good deal.

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Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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4 Responses to TI Launches $5 “Alternative” to the Raspberry PI

  1. dibs says:

    The Stellaris Launchpad is not a replacement to the Raspberry Pi. They are totally different architectures. The RPi is much more powerful. The Stellaris Launchpad is perfect for running LEDs/motors/actuators and floating point math.
    You should check in at the Stellaris Forums:
    http://forum.stellarisiti.com/

    • rodmc says:

      True, perhaps alternative is an unfair term. However, as the brief summary says it is perhaps aimed at different things. I’ve heard of a few people buying PIs for things which this board may turn out to be better for.

  2. simon says:

    Looks like the price is $12.99 now. At $5, I would have bought a few but not at this price.

  3. rodmc says:

    Thanks for the tip, I added an update to the post. The price still isn’t too bad though.

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