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Daniel2

Apr 26, 2008, 09:22 am Last Edit: Apr 26, 2008, 09:27 am by Daniel2 Reason: 1
Hey

Solarbotics/ HVWTech have come out with the first real "production" version of the Freeduino. It's called the "Freeduino SB". It's got a few interesting features... (optional Aref pot, power switch, better RX TX led placement, you can use type A or type B USB connectors, etc etc...) It comes as a mini-kit, with all the SMT parts soldered on. You solder the included socket, headers etc, saving quite a few bucks in the process.  

Check it out here.  

till

It says in the description that is has a power jack. How is this different to the Diecimila, or am I missing something?

Regards,

Till

Daniel2

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Apr 26, 2008, 05:26 pm Last Edit: Apr 26, 2008, 07:47 pm by Daniel2 Reason: 1
I think that's a typo- they meant power switch.
It has a bunch of small perks- mostly the Aref pot, possibility of using different USB jacks, etc...

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mellis

Nice.  

Are the Eagle / CAD files available anywhere?  I didn't see them at first glance.

Daniel2

yep I think they are in the process of doing that! It was actually designed on Protel or one of those engineery-like systems.

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ladyada

I do like the idea of having a power switch...I hope the Arduino's next rev comes with one. :)
Its a little annoying to have to unplug it when not in use. A 3-way switch (USB/DC/Off) would be sweet!

tigrezno

mini usb, power switch and aref pot are great, i'll try one of these!

Daniel2

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Nice.  

Are the Eagle / CAD files available anywhere?  I didn't see them at first glance.


FYI, they're posted now at the HVW tech site and on the Freeduino site on the files page. Unfortunately they're in Protel format...

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mellis


Daniel2

right after my last post I discovered that Hackaday had just reviewed the Freeduino SB!

brianbr

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Nice.  

Are the Eagle / CAD files available anywhere?  I didn't see them at first glance.


FYI, they're posted now at the HVW tech site and on the Freeduino site on the files page. Unfortunately they're in Protel format...

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The Gerber files are now there also ....

 cheers ... BBR


Daniel2

I think they need to be checked to see that they are the final version, but I don't have a good gerber viewer package...

Daniel2

I just got mine and assembled it, which takes about ten or fifteen minutes.
Pic: http://www.freeduino.org/images/freeduino_SB_assembled.jpg

hockeyrink

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I think they need to be checked to see that they are the final version, but I don't have a good gerber viewer package...


When I assembled the files to put online, I discovered we had already started making revisions for the next batch of PCBs (all cosmetic), so I tried to undo them all to the point of where this revision is. If there are differences, they will be 1) very minor and 2) cosmetic.

Sorry we don't have EAGLE versions of the software. We tried doing a conversion in-house, but it was just not going well. There's supposed to be a converter for EAGLE, but since we don't use EAGLE, we were kinda out-in-the-dark. I'm sure somebody that's handy with gerbers should be able to make it happen from the Protel 2.8 files & gerbers.

-Dave (Freeduino SB guy)

mellis

There is the free version of Eagle, which would probably be fine for opening up the converted files and checking that they look okay.

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