I have two will-be-finished-any-day-now projects that are based on the TI Stellaris LM3S6965. TI announced all the LM3S parts are now Not Recommended for New Designs. They want me to use their new, in-house designed LM4F parts. Sure. But wait. These don't exist with ethernet yet (in fact, only four parts are labeled 'active'). Sure, TI says you can still buy the LM3S parts and they are NOT EoL. I can only begin to wonder what is so terribly wrong with these parts or their supply chain that TI would make such a decision when they don't have replacement parts available. http://e2e.ti.com/support/microcontrollers/stellaris_arm/f/471/t/240208.aspx?pi74263=1
But I digress.
So. I should take TI at their recommendation. My design is new—so I shouldn't use their parts (er their LM3S parts).
My quick googling says NXP, STMicro, and Freescale have Cortex-M3/M4 parts with on-board Ethernet. Anybody have any experience good or bad they'd like to share?
I'm going to miss the on-board PHY. Seems the Stellaris parts are the only Cortex-M parts that had this. An external PHY isn't the end of the world or expensive.
I'm also going to miss the StellarisWare libraries. Starting from one of the Stellaris demo applications was a slick way to get going.
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