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Caleb Kraft
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so many!
Caleb Kraft   11/5/2013 12:32:42 PM
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My, it sounds like you're going to have a veritible smorgasboard of sensors on board! What the heck are you going to put on this thing? Are you leaving enough space for the kitchen sink?

TonyTib
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Go for flexiblity
TonyTib   11/5/2013 5:18:15 PM
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Hmmm, Cypress' $25 PSCO4 Pioneer Kit has both PMod & Arduino shield connnector - and reconfigurable analog, yay!  OTOH, it's not Arduino software compatible, although IIRC Cypress has some point & click development choices.


Yet another choice is the Papilio FPGA board, which tries to be pretty Arduino compatible, although I'm not sure its as slick as the chipKits, but has the added speed of the ZPUino core (32-bit, 96MHz, large code space) and, of course, FPGA flexiblity.

The chipKit Pi+ RPi combo is pretty affordable, not much more than an Arduino Due.  So many good choices, so little time.


BTW, do you have any links to TI or Maxim PMods?  I tried finding some last week & couldn't.

mgburr
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Re: Go for flexiblity
mgburr   11/5/2013 8:26:40 PM
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Not just the chipKITs, Renesas has a board available in Asia and Europe that could be a pretty serious contender for the *duino compatible crowds.  100MHz 32bit uC with floating point can do some amazing stuff.  The biggest difference is how it access memory etc and trying to get past some of the Harvard arcitecture issues to the hybrid that Renesas has in the RX series MCUs is where most of the stumbling blocks seem to occur.

 

BeALert
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Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
BeALert   11/6/2013 2:59:53 AM
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You're considering a PIC when you could go for an ARM (Arduino Due)? (Full disclosure - I spurn Microchip like I would spurn a rabid dog (due to religious reasons))

Max The Magnificent
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Re: so many!
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:19:07 AM
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@Caleb: Are you leaving enough space for the kitchen sink?

You're the expert here -- do you think I need one? LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Go for flexiblity
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:20:36 AM
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@TonyTib: So many good choices, so little time.

Tell me about it! LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Go for flexiblity
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:22:28 AM
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@TonyTib: BTW, do you have any links to TI or Maxim PMods?  I tried finding some last week & couldn't.

Not off the top of my head -- I was looking for them myself a little bit ago -- those websites aren's as easy to find things on -- remind me next week when I'm back in the Pleasure Dome (my office) and I'll see what I can do.

 

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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:25:18 AM
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@BeALert: You're considering a PIC when you could go for an ARM (Arduino Due)?

From the level of writing C and pressing the "Go" button, do you really care what's under the hood? (Apart from religious reasons :-)

 

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Re: Go for flexiblity
Max The Magnificent   11/6/2013 3:27:51 AM
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@mgburr: Renesas has a board available in Asia and Europe that could be a pretty serious contender for the *duino compatible crowds.

Hey Mike -- it's great to see you here -- can you email me at max@CliveMaxfield.com to make sure I have your address (I'm working on a new notepad -- the old one "threw a wobbly" :-)

BeALert
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Re: Real men work with their ARMs (sometimes their THUMBs).
BeALert   11/6/2013 3:28:39 AM
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I know I shouldn't care.

 

But somehow I do.

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