$25 coupon code for Texas Instruments store


If you’ve been coveting a piece of Texas Instruments hardware you should put in an order before September 30th. A coupon code for $25 off a purchase was posted to the Stellaris ARM Community forums and it should work until that date. Above is the overview of an order placed yesterday for two Tiva Launchpads (apparently TI has rebranded the Stellaris chips as Tiva for some odd reason). After applying the coupon code “National-1yr” the total price of [BravoV's] order is just under one dollar (including shipping). The coupon code can be entered into a box on the right hand column of step #3 (payment) when placing an order.

UPDATE: There are now multiple comments reporting that the coupon code no longer works.

We’re pretty sure you can use this coupon code on anything in the TI store. But if you don’t have a Stellaris/Tiva Launchpad yet we highly recommend getting one. We picked ours up about a year ago. It’s a great way to try your hand at ARM programming. We have had some issues with how the breakout headers are organized — there’s some gotchas with multiple pins being connected (read the last five paragraphs of the project write up linked in this post for more). But for the price and ease of programming this will get you up and coding in no time. If you need some ideas of what to do with the board look at our posts tagged as “Stellaris”.

[Thanks Vlad]


  1. Jaspreet says:

    I got a Hecules Launchpad RM42 for free using the coupon code :D

  2. Matt says:

    appears to work on anything…just bought some wireless modules for free. The order is still ‘pending payment verification’ though, so we will see

  3. alex says:

    I ordered the launchpads, yet i’m very skeptical of the orders actually being fulfilled. I believe this will end just like the Razer coupon “craze”.

  4. Groves says:

    RE: ” (apparently TI has rebranded the Stellaris chips as Tiva for some odd reason)”

    As I understand it, the Tiva C series is Cortex-M4 based, whereas the Stellaris line is Cortex-M3 based. TI’s M4 implementation doesn’t include an Ethernet MAC, whereas some of the Cortex-M3 based Stellaris parts do. The Cortex-M4 adds some DSP instructions and the option for a FPU.

    • cde says:

      Stellaris was a beta/pre-production line. Changes to the architecture and a new release they decided to change the name. Also rumor that there was some trademark issues.

    • f4grx says:

      No, there was a Cortex-M4 LM4F line, as found in the first stellaris launchpad (worse, the stellaris launchpad have LX4F120, engineering samples). it’s actually the same chips as the TM4F123.

      the TM4F is intended to have less silicon bugs. the original stellaris had loads of them, including the inability to write anything in the eeprom (not flash).

    • r4k says:

      Nope. All of the existing Stellaris parts have been re-branded under the Tiva name.

      According to a source at TI, the only reason for the name change was that many Southeast Asians had difficulties pronouncing “Stellaris.”

  5. larsi.org says:

    I just ordered a CC3000 BoosterPack for $10.29. Pretty cool!

  6. Eric says:

    Their website is SLOW…

  7. Addidis says:

    Works. tyvm.

  8. andy says:

    The shop seems very slow and spit out an error after the order process. But theres a confirmation-mail, so we’ll see…
    Free stuff is always good…

  9. Miro says:

    The checkout page returns an error…

  10. anansi says:

    Says coupon code is already in use. Lame!

  11. Bentendo64 says:

    This code was sent to people who hade National Semiconductor accounts. Apparently it has been one year since Ti bought them.

  12. Joe Pitz says:

    The TI Store took my coupon, 0.00 due, but the server is so overloaded I have re-trying for 30 minutes

  13. pinball_newf says:

    Just worked for me… Looks like their e-store is having some sort of techical trouble

  14. Bj says:

    Order Date: 9/18/2013 12:37 PM Order Total: $0.98 Balance: $0.98
    Status: Order Placed, Payment Authorized Payments: $0.00 Unprocessed Payments: $0.98

  15. Worked for me a few minutes ago.

  16. ben says:

    only took hour at checkout to get order processed

  17. Albert says:

    The Stellaris chips were taken down and relaunched as Tiva after they fixed the memory problems in the Stellaris ;)

  18. robomonkey says:

    almost had it….trying again. Just in time too, I’m starting to dive into micro-controllers. bought and arduino uno on e-bay. Never hurts to know something you can’t do.

  19. helix says:

    thx for the tip

  20. Ren says:

    So, this isn’t tideals.com ?

  21. robomonkey says:

    check the order status if you get stuck. Looks like mine is ordered! Cool! Launchpad eval kit. Let the spark and smoke start flying!

  22. six677 says:

    There is a difference between the old stellaris launchpad and the tiva launchpad, PWM has been added to the tiva. Otherwise both systems are identical, the tiva software will work with the stellaris and vise versa (with exception of stellaris software not having a clue what PWM is and the PWM demos from the tiva software not working)

  23. spiralbrain says:

    Just placed my order, it still works! takes a long time though.

  24. ericcbennett says:

    I kept getting an error while processing CC for balance due (last step). PayPal was nice and fast. Just FYI…

  25. joelfinkle says:

    Great googly moogly, that’s an awful website. Even if the performance wasn’t taking a hit from all us hackers, it’s 1995-era web tech and just plain drab and awful.

  26. Paul says:

    Coupon code worked for me, but the website is really bogged down. The checkout process threw an error — hoping my order went through.

  27. KC2YXU says:

    There entire store webpage is running slow! There must be a lot of people trying to get free things.

  28. BiOzZ says:

    i get coupon codes from them all the time (for work i buy tons of there modules) but they all appear to be individual … dunno how he got this … but im abusing it XD

  29. Boondock says:

    I’ve been trying for 3 hours, always getting a server error on steps 3 or 4 of checkout. It will apply the coupon, error out, and empty my cart. So frustrating. Me wants free goodies!

  30. bax says:

    TI website is going dooown!

  31. polytechnick says:

    Too bad, they probably ran out of the boards: “You are no longer allowed to use this coupon.” Or is it a problem with me for some reason?

  32. Dan says:

    Doesn’t work anymore. Wish I hadn’t been in class…

  33. Thebes says:

    Great! Hopefully I’ll be getting my FREE piccolo development board in the mail soon.
    As a side note, the website is obviously under considerable load.

  34. nate says:

    It seems this coupon is no longer valid. just tried it and it said i “can no longer use this coupon.” the ti site is very slow and i had to reload several pages more than once, but it appears someone made a mistake and they have corrected it.

  35. eee says:

    doesn’t work for me

  36. junits15 says:

    It was working for me, but I had to refresh the site so many times and it gave me a similar error to everyone else. I bet it’s one use per customer.

  37. Sudo Bash says:

    Will everyone please stop pounding this TI website when I am trying to buy things ;-)

  38. KillerBug says:

    Yeah…just spent about half an hour fighting the site to get to the point where I could enter the coupon code and it won’t take it.

  39. krustkore says:

    think we broke it…:(

  40. Yep, the coupon has been used up!!! Just tried it and received the message “Can no longer use this coupon” bummer man

  41. Krinkleneck says:

    Well I got to it after it expired… as usual hmph

  42. Jim Cooper says:

    Doesn’t work any more.

  43. steve says:

    You are no longer allowed to use this coupon.

  44. hboy007 says:

    Thanks Ti! (in case you’re reading this): I’ve prepared a “booster pack” for your DDC118 A/D converter. Getting three Stellaris Launchpads for free enables me to give a few dev kits to some of my friends!

  45. i was too late lol i got You are no longer allowed to use this coupon.

  46. Loki says:

    Shame, seems that coupon code no-longer works :(

    “You are no longer allowed to use this coupon”

  47. Eduard Bolos says:

    Damn, I wanted it so much, but I was too late… ='(

  48. naynaynay says:

    Its now only for tenured accounts. If you havent had an account before this week, its not working. Glad I got my two in :D

  49. nyder says:

    Thanks anyways, too bad I didn’t wake up early enough to get in on this. =)

  50. tourer says:

    You are no longer allowed to use this coupon.
    I cry…..

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