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The Binho Nova Multi-Protocol USB Host Adapter allows one to interface their computer directly to hardware circuits. This device is powered by the USB connection to the host PC and is also able to provide downstream power to test circuits.
The Binho Nova Multi-Protocol USB Host Adapter features 5 signal pins, one x 3v3 pin, one x VUSB pin, and three x GND pins on its 10pin wire harness. The wire harness terminates with a female 1.27mm 2x5 IDC connector. In IO Mode, the five signal pins can be used for varying functions such as Digital Input, Digital Output, PWM Output, Digital Interrupt (on rising edge, falling edge, or change), Analog Input, or Analog Output.
Additionally, the host adapter is able to utilize these pins to communicate on several digital buses: I2C, SPI, UART, (Dallas) 1-Wire, and (Atmel) Single-Wire Interface. While in these modes of operation, remaining available pins can be assigned to other related or unrelated purposes such as gpio, interrupts, chip selects, PWM signals, or analog input or outputs.
The Binho Nova Multi-Protocol USB Host Adapter is ideal for manual testing during firmware development and debugging as well as a perfect way to automate hardware testing and validation. A common use-case of this product in production environments is for EEPROM/Flash Memory programming along with functional testing activities.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Linux graphical UI is convenient when works, but it continuously loads one core for 100% and sometimes hangs.
Shell interface (via virtual COM terminal) works... strange. Sometimes I have to guess specific command syntax, looks like the documentation is not precise.
Will test more, but I expected it to work perfectly out-of-the-box.
Non-5V-tolerant ports is a strange thing for $150 tester, though it is explicitly advertised, so no problem.
Thank you very much for your review, Igor.
If you are still needing assistance using the product the folks over at Binho will be more than happy to offer guidance: https://support.binho.io/contact-us