I’m still alive…… Its been awhile between blog entries, unfortunately this is the busiest time of the year for me at work, the few months after the Australian financial year, projects are kicking off due to funding etc. There is however light at the end of the tunnel and I’m hoping to get back to geeking very soon 😀
I thought I’d let you know that a) I’m still alive, and b) what’s been happening on the development front.
I now have the Hello-world application up and running on the Atmega168 @10Mhz, no radio drivers or anything else for that matter just yet. For those interested it’s been checked into SVN. I’m learning a lot about Contiki and how it all fits in together (i.e. I know that I don’t know much at all about it)
On the hardware front the next iteration of the Widgetboard is idle, though pretty well stable as far as the design goes (might be a couple of small tweaks before boards get made). I just need time and resources to get the next round of PCBs ordered and tested.
Noteworthy design changes include:
- Standard smd or PTH crystal footprint, allows the use of a standard HC49 crystal of your choice.
- Lots of changes to the board supply side of things. Board voltage supply input range from 0.7V to 16VDC (probably beyond to 20VDC but just to be on the safe side…) The core components are still powered @ 3V
- Minor changes based from user feedback of the current board.
- A couple of optional onboard sensors to utilise the normally unused A6 and A7 analogue only ports, these can be disabled via onboard solder jumpers if these ports need to be used for something else, but has a temperature and light sensor, so the widget board can be used as a basic standalone wireless sensor.
I’ve been meaning to run off another batch of WidgetBoards and have been waiting for some processors, a month ago 40 Atmega328P processors arrived after a 5 week backorder, according to my vendor these were hard to get, hopefully supply issues will settle down after production catches up with the the initial demand for Atmega328P.
All future widget boards will now have this processor as the default in the next batch of boards I make.
Sample parts I’ve been ordering for various future projects have been steadily rocking up and sitting in my ever growing inbox, the RFM22 arrived some time ago and I’ve not yet had time to play with them either 🙁 sigh