Thank you to element14 and Atmel for giving me the chance to review the Sam4s Xplained.

Scoring:

  • Product Performed to Expectations: 10
  • Specs were sufficient to design with: 10
  • Demo Software was of good quality: 7
  • Demo was easy to use: 10
  • Support materials were available: 7
  • The price to performance ratio: 10
  • Total Score: 54/60 Hardware:

First off I must say Atmel did a lovely job with the packaging... I found the hardware to be of a nice design well sized and what looks like to be put together nicely. What really impressed me was the J-link OB powered by a sam3u4c ARM.

The main sam4s16c has quite a few features, my…


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as1x752    27th Jun 2018

New Content Coming Soon!



Just wanted to post to test some stuff out. Everything is looking good so far.

Reasons to stay tuned:

  • New Content
  • Lots of stuff
  • Things

I don't know about you, but that sounds good to me.

As the website comes together and more content is added, we'll be considering what to add to improve upon content delivery as well as other features. If you have any ideas for the website, be sure to let us know!


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Fidel Salinas    5th Jun 2014

A little step by step SMD soldering: The purpose of this board is to allow USB devices to be written in host-side Python so that one workstation can fuzz-test the USB device drivers of another host. There are also a ton of other cool things you can do with your own Python scripts. First I picked all the big components; 2 Mini USB females, 1 FT232RL(SSOP28), 1 MSP430F2618TPM(QFP64), MAX3420E(LQFP32) and a 12MHz SMD Crystal. Next I added a bit of flux to the board to help stop bridging. The first componets I soldered are the Mini USBs starting with the outside tabs then the data connetions. Next on the list is the MSP430 using a one sided chiseled tip and…


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First Off Thanks to Element14 and TI for letting me review their dev kit. Scoring: Product Performed to Expectations: 10 Specifications were sufficient to design with: 9 Demo Software was of good quality: 9 Demo was easy to use: 10 Support materials were available: 8 The price to performance ratio was good: 6 Total Score: 52/60 Hardware: The CC2531 in itself is a great little chip Housing a 8051MCU, 2.4GHz (805.15.4 compliant ) and on board USB with a bit more in a small package. The only problem I had with the dongle was the fact that you have to buy a TI debugger/programmer to install new firmware. Software/Default Firmware: The CC2531 is loaded with zigbee packet sniffing firmware and…


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as1x752    20th Apr 2014

I had been thinking of what I wanted to do as my very first project and learning experience with electronics.

I was pretty hell-bent on getting my feet wet with some hardware hacking, but I didn't know where to start. For my very first project, I decided to make something using one of the ATTiny45 samples that I had received from Atmel. These, of course, were recommended by Fidel, so I figured why not give it a shot, right?

So the very first step was to figure out what I wanted to do with the project, and typically these ideas spawn out of necessity. I thought about what I could really use, and the idea dawned on me that my…


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