Free STM32F4DISCOVERY dev board

ST Micro just announced the STM32F4 series of processors and the STM32F4DISCOVERY kit. In fact, as I write this, ST is having a giveaway promo for the new discovery board. I have been thinking of an audio effects processor project for which this series of chips would be perfect. They have floating point processors, I2S interfaces, external memory interfaces, and high clock rates. (Yes, this is the same project idea I had for the Renesas RX600 contest. The two chips both have features that make them candidates for the project; I'll discuss the pros and cons of each in a later post.)

So, of course, I ordered one right away. (Especially when I found out it was free!) It was shipped remarkably quickly. Digi-Key is clearly the fulfillment house for ST based on the return address on the package. The board comes in clamshell packaging with little to no documentation.

I have 2 or 3 projects in my queue right now (and still have a wife, a job, and two kids) so it may be a while before I get to use this.