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Quarter-Sized, Magnetically Stackable Modules for Students and Makers

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perl_geek
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Conceptual re-use and Lego
perl_geek   5/22/2015 3:02:26 PM
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Does anyone else remember the Motorola Powerstack?

http://www.classiccmp.org/hp/PowerStack/stack.jpg

It had interconnections that worked in a similar way, (but on a much larger scale).

These modules look like the electronic equivalent of Lego. I hope they don't get into IP problems for using the Lego connections.

 

Max The Magnificent
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So tasty
Max The Magnificent   5/21/2015 4:42:15 PM
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It just blows my mind that things like mCookie modules are available -- when I think back to my teanage years when the most sophisticated device I could lay my hands on was a 555 timer chip -- if I'd had mCookie modules at my fingertips, I'd be ruling the world by now LOL

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Re: National Semi
antedeluvian   5/21/2015 3:27:45 PM
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I went digging and found a reference to a few of the modules. As can be expected the module functionality was severely limited- a memory module, a serial port and so on. They had 52 pins and were 3.36" x 1.5" x 0.45".

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cute, but
TonyTib   5/21/2015 3:23:55 PM
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If you want to see some real innovation for the real world, check out Bedrock Automation:

https://www.bedrockautomation.com/bedrock-advantage/

For example, their PLC/DCS backplane has no pins (they use an electromagnetic interconnection).  Given the conservatism of many automation engineers, I'm skeptical they will get a lot of traction, but they have really re-thought how to do industrial control.

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National Semi
antedeluvian   5/21/2015 3:08:51 PM
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Years ago, when National Semi (and well before the TI takeover) still made micros including the NSC800 (a Z80 clook alike). They introduced a family of piggy back modules that seem to me interconnected piggyback much like Arduino/Microduino. It was called the MA2000 family but data is very sparse now and wasn't in all the data that I scanned (Preserving Data Books From Yesteryear). They were more along the size of the Microduino, but did not have the fancy intecoonection of Pogo pins and locating magnets.

So even though the basic idea is not new, the concept has been improved dramatically.

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