Portenta Carrier Board

Is it still coming ?

It seems to have disappeared from the Arduino site.

Arduino Search (no hits)

the page is blank

https://www.arduino.cc/pro/hardware/product/portenta-carrier

rbarris,

There was/is another thread here: and yep, the URL you’ve pointed out appears to be blank right now.

Maybe per1234 or someone else from Arduino will chime in.

Regards,
John W.

Hi all!

Thank you for bringing this topic up. You spotted it right, the page is gone for now. The reason is that we’re clearing the stage to make an exciting announcement.
In the last months we’ve been listening to you to understand your needs and hence we’re incredibly excited to lift the curtain very soon. I hope this answers your question to some extent and hopefully it makes you just as excited as we are! :slight_smile:

Thanks for the update sbhklr!

sbhklr:
Hi all!

Thank you for bringing this topic up. You spotted it right, the page is gone for now. The reason is that we’re clearing the stage to make an exciting announcement.
In the last months we’ve been listening to you to understand your needs and hence we’re incredibly excited to lift the curtain very soon. I hope this answers your question to some extent and hopefully it makes you just as excited as we are! :slight_smile:

If I had my hands on the controls, some things I might do:

a1) switch to a single high density connector on Portenta's underside instead of two. Reason being, it's challenge enough to spec out a board and get it made with the fine pitch connectors, but also having to have two of them precisely spaced such that the Portenta reliably attaches without strain, causes me some concern.

-or-

a2) adopt a pinout style similar to the Black Mesa Labs S7-Mini, which has 40 pins at traditional 0.1" spacing, and a set of 80 pins at 0.05" spacing, interleaved (half of them mirroring the original 40).

see https://shop.trenz-electronic.de/en/TE0890-01-25-1C-S7-Mini-Fully-Open-Source-Module-with-Xilinx-Spartan-7-7S25-64-MBit-HyperRAM

b) provide a minimal breakout board that acts like a Nucleo-H745 board: USB or ext power, integrated STLink debugger, all high-density pins brought out to hobbyist friendly 0.1" headers. Full access to pins for prototyping without the HD connector hurdle.

c) Provide a "Rosetta stone" project in STM32Cube IDE allowing anyone with working STM32 HAL baremetal or FreeRTOS code to build and run it on Portenta, with any necessary pin/MCU configs already sorted so SDRAM/flash/wifi work.

Plainly these are my selfish asks, because I have a project up and running on a Nucleo H745 board using CubeIDE and HAL, and Portenta is an attractive next step because of size and density (plus wifi,SDRAM,flash, LiPo attach), but I haven't yet figured out how to bring this code over, and I can't really talk to the Portenta without STLink or a breakout board. Oh and I can't hook up most of the external hardware until I can get to the HD pins.

Thanks sbhklr,

have been looking forward to the carrier board for a long time, the bare Portenta is quite limited in use.
I didn’t want to solder in the 2.54mm pin headers so I would not have to remove them again once the board comes available. I was about to roll my own board (mind you,the arduino support was not even able to tell me the exact distance between the HD connectors, doh!)
Anything you can tell us on availabilty & pricing yet?

Cheers

@sbhklr - so we're two weeks after your evasive post with no details. Be straight with us: Portenta is dead before even being fully released, no?

If not, when is Arduino going to continue what seems to have been abruptly abandoned in Feb-July timeframe?

The website still says carrier board due late Feb, come on, even with COVID someone can update a web page, if even THAT care isn't being taken, it's a pretty obvious admission that the product has been mothballed.

Am I wrong? If so, what am I missing?

sbhklr:
Hi all!

Thank you for bringing this topic up. You spotted it right, the page is gone for now. The reason is that we’re clearing the stage to make an exciting announcement.
In the last months we’ve been listening to you to understand your needs and hence we’re incredibly excited to lift the curtain very soon. I hope this answers your question to some extent and hopefully it makes you just as excited as we are! :slight_smile:

Hello,

I would like to see expansion boards to expose all possible pins.
Also some other expansion modules like camera, gps and so on.

Working on a project and need to have all A/D pins possible as I was using the Mega and Yun.

Any dates?

thx

I would give up on Arduino supporting or even caring about this board or the Pro market, it's a dead-end, they have abandoned the Portenta H7 outright: it is a dead product.

The community has seemed to build a bit of things around it, this guy has done a GREAT job and I was thinking of ordering a few of these, and the issue is that the 80 pin connector is pretty tiny pitch and definitely needs some very careful SMT mounting.

I have purchased a few of the male 80 pin connectors and was thinking of ordering a few of these boards and maybe even having professional SMT installation of the components (although with a stencil I could probably do it myself in my reflow oven or even with air).

If there are enough folks who would like to split the cost of getting the boards made, delivered, and assembled, I'd be up for it. Since it's his open source work I would not at all profit, just split production/delivery/parts costs.

biskero:
Hello,

I would like to see expansion boards to expose all possible pins.
Also some other expansion modules like camera, gps and so on.

Working on a project and need to have all A/D pins possible as I was using the Mega and Yun.

Any dates?

thx

well they just announced the vision shield with Ethernet and LoRa.
Now would be great to have a GPS shield and a proper pin extension shield

Yeah, they also announced the Carrier board for release in February, yet here we are...in October.

They haven't produced that yet and I'm supposed to believe this is gonna ship in October and a LoRa version at some point?

I have my doubts.

biskero:
well they just announced the vision shield with Ethernet and LoRa.
Now would be great to have a GPS shield and a proper pin extension shield