The LM3S811 Breakout board is design with the same spirit of PIC32MX1 Breakout Board to make easy to get started. Stellaris is the microcontroller family initially designed by Luminary Micro (LM). LM was acquired by TI, thanks to the recession of 2009-on-wards. It’s a very promising family. TI has included some other members into family including the floating point LM4F based series. The JTAG connector may seem “too big” but this was to keep it compatible with the actual connectors coming from TI; like this board be used along-with LM3S8962 demo kit and same kit can be used to program this board.