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