This project is a versatile, configurable, and cost effective development board available for the 16F628A or other 18 PIN Microcontroller from Microchip. The board has simplest form with all the Port pins terminating in a Relimate connector (Header Connector) for easy connection to the outside world.
16F628A Microcontroller development board – [Link]
Fraunhofer TechBridge, Greentown Labs launch program to accelerate energy innovations’ path to market
Boston, MA – April 16, 2015 – Access to external feedback early in the development process is critical for building successful innovative products. For large companies, such access is easily obtained; for startup companies, however, industry feedback is hard to come by. To assist entrepreneurs in that effort, Fraunhofer TechBridge (a program of Fraunhofer CSE) and Greentown Labs have teamed up to launch PROPEL, a six-month program for startups to refine their prototypes, obtain customer feedback, and develop their businesses for success in the market.
With the vision of a smarter, interconnected world, PROPEL is seeking complementary innovations in self-powered Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks that can radically change how we interact with our surroundings. The program, sponsored by Shell GameChanger, is seeking startups that are:
- Creating technologies for distributed sensing and actuation networks;
- Developing prototypes and/or integrated systems for customer validation;
- Looking to develop strategic partnerships with industry as a potential go-to-market strategy;
- Interested and able to relocate to Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA for the duration of the program.
by Radu Motisan @ pocketmagic.net:
For many of my previous projects I used AVR Microcontrollers extensively. I started with the Atmega8 and moved to superior AVR variants depending on the application complexity and requirements. Before designing any particular application, I usually do my research on a development board. It is a PCB featuring the target microcontroller and minimal support logic that usually covers a regulated power supply, pin headers to connect peripherals and/or a few LEDs used for basic debugging.
Such boards are available in many shapes and colours, from simple to complex and most of the times they are affordable (after all we’re talking about a minimal PCB with a microcontroller and a few, mostly passive, components).
DIY AVR Development Board with Atmega128 – [Link]
Michael Dunn @ edn.com writes:
Whether engineer, hobbyist, or maker, we’ve happily watched as chipmakers and third parties alike have come to their senses in recent years and cooked up a smorgasbord (smorgasboard?) of low-cost microcontroller devboards – in some cases, very low cost, like TI’s $4.30 MSP430 board. More recently, we’ve seen ARM Cortex kits for $10-$50, the flowering of the whole Arduino ecosystem, and of course, the Raspberry Pi, starting at $25. It’s microcontroller heaven.
Those of us wanting a cheap “in” to the FPGA world have been less lucky. But the times, they are a changin’. Many FPGA devkits, from both chipmakers and third parties, have broken – or downright shattered – the $100 barrier, opening the door to low-cost FPGA prototyping, education, hobby projects, and so on.
Follow me as I explore this brave new world of affordable FPGA learning and design. I’ve acquired a representative selection of bargain-priced boards, and will be reviewing each, not just on paper, but by actually creating projects with it.
FPGA boards under $100: Introduction – [Link]
Hydra-X is a development platform which is feature-rich, scalable, and easy to use.
The Hydra-X is based on the Power Application Controller (PAC)™ family of ICs. Hydra-X gives you the ability to execute your own code on a 32-bit ARM Cortex core, paralleled with analog resources such as multi-mode power manager (for AC-DC, DC-DC power management), configurable Analog Front-End (AFE), data converters (1 MHz 10-bit ADC, 2 precision DACs), 52 V, 72 V, 600 V gate drivers, and open drain drivers, to name a few.
With up to 14 PWM timing functions, you will find it hard to run out of timing resources. Fully configurable into PWM, input capture or output compare, these timers are expanded by a dead time generator block; extremely useful when driving external FETs in a half H-Bridge configuration and a dead time needs to be imposed in order to protect the design from shoot-through.
Hydra-X10 and Hydra-X20 by Active-Semi Inc. – [Link]
A quick look-see at a handful of PIC development boards I have collected over the years and what I like about them. IMHO the big winner is the TAUTIC 18F26K22 board. This video is not meant to be a technical review.
A review of a handful of PIC developmnt boards – [Link]
10 Tiny Development Boards That Are Up to the Task @ EE Times.
Not so long ago, the typical development board was big, bulky, and often handmade. Recently a flood of Lilliputian-size development boards has been released — one for just about any need.We’ve assembled a collection of 10 boards so small you might lose them in the cushions of your couch.
10 Tiny Development Boards That Are Up to the Task – [Link]
Sol-X developed the GDB to be the best open source prototyping platform on the market and we intend it to replace the Arduino Uno® as the preferred high-level prototyping environment. It is up to 40x faster, 70% smaller, has integrated high power drivers (capable of handling 100x the current), with more flexible Input / Output configurations, and yet is still much easier to program via 12 Blocks™. Our quick release breakout board (called Ejection Seat™) allows for easy prototyping, yet keeps the GDB form factor small and robust enough to use in space companies’ product releases.
The GDB has been designed to be the first space tolerant open hardware electronic prototyping board, enabling any type of person or company to create space qualified hardware. But while the GDB can help create outer space products, it is not just for space. It’s a powerful and versatile programming board that engineers, artists, designers, and students can use in any project they can imagine. This includes prototypes and first release products involving pressure, light, and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors, high current motors, servos, LED lighting, and many other human/computer interfaces.
Gravity Development Board:An open source,faster,better prototyping standard – [Link]
Circuits for Fun have created a new product that will change the way you work with sensors and other electronic control interfaces, they have created a simple intuitive plug and play platform that will help standardize the communication of all kinds of electronic components, itʼs called the Interactive Development Kit, they recently launched on Kickstarter and would love for you to check it out and see what you think, please check out the video and if you like the project we would appreciate any help you can give getting the word out so they can get the product out in the hands of creative people everywhere.
Interactive Development Kit – [Link]