Jon, have you looked at the newer Cortex M series development Kits yet?
if so which processors have you looked into?
I have worked with the TI Stellaris kits for the Cortex-M3 and have used an ARM mbed board with an NXP LPC1768. Very nice. I haven't worked with the NXP Expresso boards, but have them on my list. They look good.
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