$125 off the Evalbot is a steal

When you see $125 off something you probably assume it cost several times that to start with. Nope, this drastic discount leaves just $25 plus shipping. Use coupon-code: 2JLP-R4XRT3 when ordering the little rover. There’s a quick video snippet of it embedded after the break.

What you’ll get is a Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller on a board with a bunch of goodies.

  • MicroSD slot
  • USB host and device connectors
  • I2C audio with speakers
  • Ethernet connector
  • 96×6 OLED display
  • Motors
  • Optosensors
  • Bump detectors

As always, we want to hear about the hacks you come up with once you have this little guy in hand.

[update, the code is now expired]

[final update -- Someone from TI explains what is going on.]

—-  from the comments.

As some posts already note, the coupon code is only available to ESC Boston attendees. That said, we’re psyched about all of your interest and understand there seems to have been some confusion, so TI plans to fulfill all of the finalized orders to date. We’re working on some logistics in getting the code up and running again for ESC Boston attendees, but proof of ESC registration will be required. Stay tuned.

We hear you about the e-store and are working as quickly as possible to avoid issues in the future. Thanks for your patience.

Bottom line – we’re glad to see the excitement around EVALBOT and look forward to checking out your projects! We encourage you to share them on our e2e Forums at http://e2e.ti.com/

-Jean Anne Booth, Texas Instruments


[Thanks GDM]


  1. maso says:

    Order number 6005.

  2. ENKI-][ says:

    For anyone asking about being able to program it: gcc can generate binaries for ARM; while you may need to compile a cross-compiler, you shouldn’t need to buy software. Also, the steps for compiling a cross-compiler aren’t actually difficult, and are well-documented (not to mention many distros probably have packages for arm-gcc crosscompilers, since it’s quite common to develop for the ARM).

  3. Chuck says:

    What a painful process! I finally got through with order number 6011.

  4. Junkman says:

    What a joke gave up after 1 hour. You think they could afford a better server. I kept getting I am a bot. Might help if they let you know that when you clicked the submit button you are suppose to sit there even thou no prompt on screen displays letting you know it is “working”. lame

  5. Nathan says:

    Order # 6043 went through at 3:53 PM central.

  6. Bob Howdy says:

    Yep, still works. Just ordered mine.

  7. goldscott says:

    Order number 6012 in the email.
    It gave me the bot thing though, but my order still went through?

  8. vollkontakt says:

    6060 … hopefully?

  9. Thorbjorn says:

    Sure took a while to get that order through! :)
    Mine was finaly accepted. Order number 6058.

    Bet they did’nt expect to sell that many so fast :)

  10. peruna says:

    Order 6050. Took almost 2 hours to get through.

  11. Tomo says:

    I’m in the UK.

    Took me an hour and ten minutes!! I got the bot detected….. Then it said code already in use…
    then it hung…. then I started again… I was clean shaven when i started… I have a ZZ Top beard now. The rule is: Preservere! $25 to the UK!
    thats about £16… Cool! Now, I can finally start speculating about whether it will ever arrive!

  12. Craig says:


    The page locked up after I clicked “pay with card” but I got a confirmation email, #6067.

  13. Tomo says:

    OOP’s mine was order number 5977

  14. Ryan says:

    6081, damn you long sushi lunch.

    I’m just hoping my order will be shipped.. eventually

  15. Necromant says:

    Guys… One silly question… Anyone got uclinux (looks like this shit has no mmu) running on it? That uCOS thing sounds to me like some complete proprietary crap (not looked much in it so far) and uclinux would be just the thing.

  16. Magicmushroom666 says:

    Number 6028, still plenty of people getting through it seems! took a while though of course…

  17. Jon says:


    order #6073

  18. ftorama says:

    Having waited 3 months for the MSP Launchpas, I don’t even try to get this one.

    I’ll do my own with a ST Cortex-M3 sample that I got for free in two days

  19. pascal says:

    have they disabled the code? I arrived at the payment page, copied in the code and clicked apply, after several tries (3 minutes each), nothing happened, still 149$…
    (also at some points the website dumped parts of its C#-code?! you have to *actively enable* that on production websites, their admins/developers must be mental…)

  20. samofab says:

    order 6123. took some time & one bot warning.

    Also the checkout process changed the layout in the process.

  21. tomas316 says:

    order #6138 via email conf/checkout page. coupon still worked.

  22. profil says:

    what about company?!

  23. tomas316 says:

    i used the website of on the customs declarations page. could they actually be checking the url your entering?

  24. Bergo says:

    Order Number: 5775

  25. Alex says:

    So having trouble placing an order….

    Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.3615; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.3614

    THERE’s you problem. I feel dirty just reading the letters ASP :(

  26. hank says:

    order #6146 :)

  27. Fenix says:

    I finally got through! One little bot ordered and ready to go, hope they don’t check the URL for customs, I said N/A LOL! Oh and for those having trouble, coupon still worked for me.

  28. Tim says:

    Order #6154
    Took me a good hour to get it to work, but I got it.
    Thanks HaD!

  29. Matt says:

    im order 6177. just went through.

  30. Darkstar says:

    Just ordered mine. #6163 (which, incidentally, is the old PIN code for my former bank card. coincidence? I think not ;-)

    But I’ll only believe it when it arrives. ~18€ incl. shipping to Germany sounds too good to be true. We’ll see…

    @Greenroom: Sorry hab deinen Post erst gelesen als ich schon bestellt hatte. Hast du inzwischen jmd. gefunden der dir einen bestellt?

  31. onlinepharmacy says:

    can’t seem to check out. it just says ‘processing’

  32. juancferrer says:

    Order Number: 6141
    Ordered on: 10/4/2010 4:35:57 PM

  33. Delirium says:


    I tried forever and was just about to give up because after finally being able to fill in creditcard info it kept erroring

    all in all after 90 minutes of frustration finally got 1!!
    Hopefully the damn thing is worth it :D

  34. dennis says:

    Order 6202… After many many tries

  35. pickleweasel says:

    I wept without shame when my first attempt failed, but persistence paid off, it’s been quite an hour.

  36. cj says:

    Low #6200’s for me. Surprised they weren’t out of stock, or that the code wasn’t revoked, or that I could actually get and print my receipt on their website.

    Huh, it’ll be forever until it arrives, won’t it.

  37. Rogan Dawes says:

    Order 620x

    Got through eventually. Man but that site sucks badly under load. Coupon still working.

  38. biqut2 says:

    Order Number: 6110

    Took a little while to complete but another great deal from TI.

  39. SomeEvent says:

    Site seems to be speeding back up, 5 min.

    How long to the UK??? but for £15.80 + free shipping i don’t mind to much. anybody have a schematic so the UcLinux port can get underway?

  40. HG says:

    I can not find any documents or links to details about its development system. Development tools found for other Texas Instrument microprocessors are not in the price range of hobbyists (and amateurs).
    I did tried to order one kit in order to see if there are more details after registered for this purpose.
    It looks like their websites were running on a 4-bit processor (or this kit!). And it has an endless loop bug at “Check Out Now” phase, I have selected this button and it kept redisplay the same screen without acting on it or reject this action.
    Goodbye and good luck TI.

  41. Tamagotono says:

    Just ordered mine! tried to order a second one but the coupon is only good for 1 unit. Oh well, at least I got 1 :)

    Order #6180

  42. Kemp says:

    6232. Let’s hope I don’t get hit up for UK import fees.

  43. someguy says:

    Website seems to be working a bit better right now.
    Order number: 6263

  44. reemrevnivek says:

    @Paul – There’s a fantastic picture here:

    imgur’ed just in case TI’s servers can’t take the load…

    Discount went through, but can’t click the stupid “Pay With Card” button!

    Does anyone have any official reference for the deal, like when it expires? I want to be able to call them up tomorrow and say “Hey, your webstore was down, but I wanted to get in on this deal.”

  45. Anton says:

    sweeeet, after some frustrating retry/ail/reload I got through and — $25, free shipping even to ICELAND! I wonder what will do with it.. I say it should be something to do with home security mounting an old htc phone on it,… or… semthing to do with beer something something… nice

  46. SomeEvent says:


    Wouldn’t it be below the threshold?

  47. Anton says:

    yes.. and order #6266

  48. Amaterasu says:


    The Stellaris is an ARM cortex M3 core, to program them you will need FREE compiler CodeSourcery Lite. Get the ARM-EABI version, not the linux one (Different C libraries, the non linux one uses newlib which is better for embedded).

    Also, whilst I can’t speak for this kit my other Stellaris boards program just fine with OpenOCD using the libFTDI driver.

  49. Kemp says:

    Yeah, I’m just hoping that TI don’t write the original price as the value.

  50. SomeEvent says:

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