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Member Since: December 25, 2008

Country: United States

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  • I found a web page on this topic, its similar to the method used in Seattle Robotics.
    you can actually find more vids on youtube.

  • you can def do that, see this video

  • Scott:
    Lastly, would be nice to have some USB EMI/Static protection included. It's cheap, and easy to include, so why not. It will save the board, especially in dry conditions.
    I agree a USB charger will be nice. You don't really need static protection for most NXP chips, because they have TVS diodes at each pin.
    This is really a nice board, but the price is a bit high. In such small package, I don't think it is feasible to fit a 10 pin JTAG connector. But it is possible to break out just SWDIO and SWCLK for debugging.

  • I don't see much use of this board except for prototyping the Atmel chip. Doesn't Atmel have an official evaluation kit for it already?
    "The Netduino Mini has a total of 16 GPIOs with SPI, I2C, UART, 4 PWMs, and 4 ADC channels." To say the obvious, even most of the 8 bit Atmel chips can do all of these and why do you choose this particular chip for these basic functions? Moreover, distinct features of this chip, e.g. "USB 2.0 Full Speed Device Port, Ethernet MAC 10/100 base T, CAN 2.0A and 2.0B compliant Controller" are not accessible from this board, according to SlyVixsky.
    I don't quite understand the "Netduino SDK" either. Is it supposed to target .Net developers? How is it better than Atmel's own SDK and dose it support Debugging? Microsoft dose not have a reputation in hobby uc market and Atmel are better with theis 8-bits chips.

  • If you want cheaper price, you can go to ebay and there are a lot a suppliers from China or Hongkong that sell the same LEDs for less (these are made in China anyway), and even free shipping.
    Problem with that is it takes 2 or 3 weeks to come in. For that reason, I rarely order from them.

  • I suspect the top metal part can be taken off for soldering the pins underneath to board, can anyone confirm this?

  • Does anyone know which Polar devices are compatible with this? Preferably, I would like to have one of these to work with a watch.

  • If you think Microsoft product does not change very much, you are mistaken. I have been developing software using Microsoft product for years and well know the frustration it brings about.
    Take for example of DirectX from Microsoft and OpenGL. DirectX is younger than OpenGL but right now its in Version 12 and many of the version update renders code written in previous version completely unusable. OpenGL is only in their Version 4 but still maintain full compatibility with Version 1. The best part is, each time Microsoft updates its DirectX, it only brings one step closer to OpenGL.
    As for C#, its a descendant of J#, a copycat from Java which brought law suits from Sun Microsystems and changed to C# and Microsoft keeps changing it too. Just go to the wikipedia page for C# for more references.
    In embedded systems, Microsoft is still inexperienced. I won't be surprised to see frequent updates of its .Net Micro.

  • I think the options should be left open. From my own experience, I buy Arduino boards but I don't use their software framework. I simply erase their bootloader and upload my code using a programmer from Atmel.
    The reason for that is the Arduino boards are well constructed with voltage regulator and crystal and sometimes expansion ports in a small, well tested package. However, I would like to access some function of the controller hidden by the their software framework. Besides, Atmel itself has a vast amount of documentation, application notes and sample programs, which makes starting from scratch not that daunting.
    However, Arduino framework still serves as an excellent starting point for me to develop software. I guess for this board, leaving the options open will only increase its popularity.

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