The Atmel SAM4N Xplained Pro evaluation board contains a ATSAM4N16C microcontroller. The board itself is rather basic with only one user programmable LED and one user programmable push-button switch (the second switch is a reset switch). Pins of the microcontroller are available on headers on the board.
An on-board Embedded Debugger is included on the board, so that no external tools are required to program or debug the ATSAM4N16C.
The video below shows the evaluation board being unpacked.
Some features of the ATSAM4N16C microcontroller are:
- ARM Cortex-M4 that can run up to 100MHz
- 3 USARTs and 4 UARTS
- Real Time Clock (RTC) with calendar and alarm features
- 10 bit ADC and DAC
- 1Mb Flash memory
- 80kb SRAM
- The usual SPI, TWI, timers, PWM, etc.
The ATSAM4N16C does not contain any USB ports, Ethernet or external bus.
Resources from Atmel
Build this CPLD board that uses a Xilinx CPLD. The board can be used for experimenting with CPLDs and learning a hardware description language such as VHDL.
The board is single-sided and so can be easily built at home. Source files for the circuit diagram and circuit board are in open-source KiCad format.
The MSP-FET430U64 development kit for 64-pin LQFP MSP430 microcontrollers from Texas Instruments includes a board and JTAG programmer/debugger. The review includes a video of the kit being unpacked.
The AT91SAM7S-EK evaluation board is designed for evaluating the AT91SAM7S range of 32-bit ARM7 microcontrollers from Atmel. It is priced at around $120 US. Read the review.
AT91SAM7S-EK – Evaluation Kit
The STM32F4-Discovery evaluation board from ST Microelectronics is a low cost board for evaluating the STM32F4 range of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 microcontrollers. The board includes a 3-axis accelerometer, microphone, and audio DAC with class D amplifier. Read the review of this evaluation board.
The STM32F4 Discovery Board from ST Microelectronics