XMOS technology are to give away 2500 StarterKits with their xCORE multi core microcontrollers.
You can register here http://www.xmos.com/startkit if you want to get one in December.
The starterkit is build around 500MIPS xCORE-Analog multicore microcontroller with eight 32bit logical processing cores.
To program it you can use the free xTIMEcomposer design tools which allow you to write application code using C / C++.
We are grateful to XMOS and really appreciate that they didn’ t put Arduino connector on their starterkit nor used Arduino compatible buzz words for them! All we see is small text which tell a potential application is to connect this starterkit to Raspberry Pi and use it to interface real time processes.