The stakes are high in this month's caption contest! Not only could you win the original comic from our talented artist Daniel Guidera, but the winner will also receive a CorStarter-STM32 development kit. So give those mental dice a blow for good luck and toss your best caption into the mix!
The CorStarter-STM32 dev board by ImageCraft has a 72 Mhz, 32 bit ARM Cortex M3 on board. If you've ever wanted to give something like this a try, this is your chance. Simply drop your very best caption ideas into the comment section for a chance to win. I'll choose the one that gets the biggest chuckle from me and my co-workers, and you'll get both the art and the dev board!
The CorStarter Dev board
The specs on the board from the manufacturer's website:
ImageCraft ICCV8 for Cortex Non-Commercial license, includes IDE, ANSI C compiler, flash programmer and C Source Level debugger (normally $99 value). (Click Here for more information on the compiler.)
CorStarter-STM32 base board.
72 Mhz STM32F105 32-bit ARM Cortex™ M3 with 256K flash and 64K SRAM, 51 general purpose I/O pins, 5 UART, USB OTG, 2 I2C, 3 SPI ports, 7 timers, 16 ADC, 2 DAC, internal temp sensor, 2 CAN
External watchdog and reset and power monitor
8-bit Arduino Shield V3 compatible headers for access to hundreds of Shields (hardware expansion boards)
Remaining I/O pins available in separate header
One device-native micro USB connector
One micro USB connector for the FTDI serial to USB chip (Windows Virtual COM driver)
Power on LED, one user controller LED and one push button
Power input: through USB, JTAG, or optional 6V-12V
Open-source hardware design files
A choice of either the industrial standard Segger JLINK-Edu or the ST-device-only ST-LINK/V2 JTAG/SWD pod.
Segger JLINK-Edu can be used for any Cortex and other ARM devices by educational users only.
ST-LINK/V2 can be used with any STM32 devices with no other limits.
Software examples, "Getting Started" documentation, etc.
As usual, I recommend going back and reading some previous entries for some inspiration:
Researcher, Dr. Murphy: "I just came up with a new theory -- if the probability for an event to occur is non-zero, and the probability for the event to occur stays non-zero forever, then given enough time, the event will happen. I'll roll a pair of 7's eventually."
Assistant: "Right...let's make it easy for the average guy...if anything can go wrong, it will. Like it just did!"
The fellow with his hands in his pockets is saying: "Now you realize that the opposite faces of a standard die always add to 7, so the one on the left is obviously a bogus die because you can see the 3 and 4 faces at the same time. A trifling matter, and fussy of me, but we all have our little ways."
[The last bit about the trifling matter is a quote from Eeyore.]
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