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Xmegapilot GPS - On or Off board ? 5 Replies

XmegaPilot is designed around a Mediatek MT3329 based GPS module. One of the cornerstone applicatons for this board will be quadcopters. Should the production boards include the GPS right on the main…Continue

Started by Michael Zaffuto. Last reply by Maximus Jun 1, 2010.



Hardware/Software Development


Projects and Product Development

Hardware/Software Projects in Development:

Investigating lots of new hardware ICs and sensors.


Updated: October 11, 2012

Blog Posts

FEZ Cerb40 - STM32F4

GHI Electronics FEZ Cerb40 - Use it as is (.NET micro framework), natively, or convert to ARDUINO!!

FEZ Cerb40

  • 168Mhz 32bit STM32F4 processor with floating point.
  • 1MB FLASH and…

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on October 11, 2012 at 11:44pm

SAM4S16C Atmel 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 120Mhz !

Think of the possibility of an Arduino Due derivative with this processor..



The Atmel® SAM4S16 microcontroller builds on the high-performance, 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4 processor. The SAM4S16 features:

  • Maximum operating speed of 120MHz
  • 1MB of Flash and 128KB of SRAM
  • 1.62V to 3.6V supply
  • Power consumption…

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on October 28, 2011 at 3:02pm

Atmel ATSAM3U4E ARM-ICE Segger J-Link style Debugger


I recently got one of these...yeah!!  I will be using this with YAGARTO and MDK-ARM (free 32KB limited edition).


The Atmel SAM-ICE debugger is available for all Atmel ARM targets which includes a free GDB Server license.

There is a good tutorial regarding its' use with the YAGARTO tool chain, …


Posted by Michael Zaffuto on September 30, 2011 at 5:29pm

ArmDuino and ArmDuino Pilot Developer Editions in Progress

ArmDuino is an Arduino Due variant offering a smaller form factor along with a few other niceties!


ArmDuino Pilot design is under way!!  Harnessing the computational power of Atmels ATSAM3U4E,

along with Arduino 32-bit software.


Developer Edition Hardware of ArmDuino Pilot is currently under way!

Block diagrams and hardware descriptions coming soon! 

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on September 28, 2011 at 8:13am

UAVForge Competition Course

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on May 26, 2011 at 12:44am

UAVForge - Crowdsourcing for UAVDRONES Innovation

Darpa UAV Contest - UAVforge

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on May 25, 2011 at 6:30pm

Kicad EDA Suite -- Everything Tastes Better When It's Free

I've been playing around with Kicad lately.  I stumbled upon it for the first time playing around in Ubuntu (KDE) some months ago, running on a BeagleBoard XM of all things!  Since then I've loaded the Windows version as well and it works exactly the…


Posted by Michael Zaffuto on March 7, 2011 at 12:12am

NetDuino - Pin Compatible with Arduino, .NET debugging!

XmegaPilot may have to find a way to Squeeze this one OnBoard.

Atxmega (Xmegaduino) for Servos and Sensors, AT91SAM7X512 (NetDuino) for outer loop?....Maybe :)

For only $34.95...… Continue

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on August 4, 2010 at 4:00pm

DIY means DIY

As August approaches and Ning switches over to a paid service...a decision must be made.

Ning is worth $2.95 a month. Is keeping UAVDRONES on Ning worth 2.95 a month?

XmegaPilot (and various other supporting reasearch activities) has not benefited
from the open invitation for collaborative development that a social network can provide.

I believe the decision is clear.

Posted by Michael Zaffuto on July 31, 2010 at 12:48am

Add Your Wishlist and Feature Requests for XmegaPilot!

Input required from you...the casual observer or die hard uav'er.

Reply with your wishlist of is the time for your input..hardware design is in progress
and there is a window of opportunity.....


Posted by Michael Zaffuto on July 9, 2010 at 2:12am


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