So Freescale has made a new development system called the Tower System, a fun new way to build modular development systems. Currently one microcontroller mother board is available, the MCF51CN128, a low-cost ethernet MCU with the Coldfire V1 Core, Freescale also provides a full RTOS/stack solution called MQX. These three tools (Tower System, MCF51CN128 board and MQX) are enough to build ethernet applications in very short times. Additionally, the Tower System can be fit with several additional modules like the serial module which includes ethernet and RS-232 connectors, and coming soon memory modules, WiFi modules, and new MCU/MPU.
Additionally, Freescale and DigiKey have created a community of Tower System developers called TowerGeeks, where users can share code, ideas, videos and other nifty stuff about their projects with the Tower System. The last video I saw made me laugh as I caught myself remembering how I was complaining in my last post about how engineering is not seen as a sexy activity, see for yourself: Who is a tower geek?