|Small environmentally friendly packaging|
|Ooooooh! Stickers and instructions|
|The only question now is where do I stick it?(Don't answer that)|
|Other bits and pieces.|
|32.768Khz Micro Crystal|
|The board out of the package|
|The USB Cable isn't that long though, meaning I'll have to stick it on top of my computer.|
|You can see why I'm not too pleased about that.|
|Code Compser the IDE based on eclipse|
|Home Screen for Code Composer|
|Home Screen for IAR|
For under $5.00 I'm pleased with what came in the box. You get a USB cable to connect to your PC with, and extra processor (in case you fry the one on the board) a Micro Crystal (which I'm not quite sure what that is as yet though) and two of what seem to be connectors, possibly to allow you to add extra external devices.
Strangely enough you need to register to download Code Composer for government purposes (I guess they don't want you making bombs out of it or something). Additionally Code Composer is only a 30 day evaluation unless you buy a license. I couldn't find pricing information for the license immediately on the TI website, but I'll hunt for it later. That is somewhat saddening that TI didn't make the software available for free, afterall it is based on the eclipse IDE with a bunch of other tools added on.
Additionally there is the IAR Embedded Workbench IDE. That was for free, but it doesn't seem to have as many features as Code Composer.
Now that my environment is setup time to figure out how to get code on this thing.