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Xmegapilot GPS - On or Off board ?
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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 this discussion. Last reply by Maximus Jun 1, 2010.

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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! See More
Sep 28, 2011
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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 same.  Looking around the net,…See More
Mar 7, 2011
Michael Zaffuto posted a blog post

NetDuino - Pin Compatible with Arduino, .NET debugging!

http://www.netduino.com/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...http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKND01Free tools,…See More
Aug 4, 2010
Michael Zaffuto posted a blog post

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 benefitedfrom the open invitation for collaborative development that a social network can provide.I believe the decision is clear.See More
Jul 31, 2010
Michael Zaffuto left a comment for Jaime Lopez
"Hello Jaime, Welcome aboard..Your comments and insights are very welcome and encouraged. Prototype hardware suitable to share will be available soon! Any suggestions will be welcomed....Invite your friends too:)"
Jul 9, 2010
Michael Zaffuto posted a blog post

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 features...now is the time for your input..hardware design is in progressand there is a window of opportunity.....Thanks!See More
Jul 9, 2010
Michael Zaffuto left a comment for David Brunecz
"Welcome aboard!"
Jun 23, 2010
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Jun 21, 2010
Michael Zaffuto commented on Michael Zaffuto's blog post Spartan FPGAs versus CPLDs
"Wow, how cool, Altium corporation sent me a tweet!"
Jun 18, 2010
Michael Zaffuto left a comment for Jani Hirvinen
"Welcome aboard Jani, I've been following your quad work and have visited your blog site previously..Please feel free to comment and express your opinions as they will be greatly appreciated."
Jun 11, 2010
Michael Zaffuto posted a blog post

Spartan FPGAs versus CPLDs

FPGA Just Might WIN!Working hard on implementing the Input Capture-Multiplexer.I'm working with Xilinx Webpack 12.1 and I have a little help with Atium Designer as well :)It's starting to look like the CPLD won't have the resources I need in a sized package or price I'm looking for.There are some good options in the Spartan family in the $6 to $12 range that I'm exploring.I have 3 Xilinx development platform's I'm testing with, a regular Spartan-3, a Spartan-3E and a CoolRunner2 with 9500xl.The…See More
Jun 11, 2010
Michael Zaffuto commented on Michael Zaffuto's blog post XmegaPilot CPLD Provides Failsafe Functionality
"Thanks Lew...I fixed the underlining settings!"
Jun 11, 2010
Lew Payne commented on Michael Zaffuto's blog post XmegaPilot CPLD Provides Failsafe Functionality
"None of the links, included in the above message, are highlighted or underlined. Oh, I see... the text is a bit more bold, but almost imperceptibly so. How annoying... considering that underline is the standard for denoting a link as clickable."
Jun 10, 2010
Lew Payne commented on Michael Zaffuto's blog post XmegaPilot CPLD Provides Failsafe Functionality
"If I don't get lazy over the weekend, I'll snap some pics of my two development boards. I had a really difficult time finding an STM32 based dev board that I liked... I'm quite picky, and wanted a certain feature set on-board as well…"
Jun 10, 2010
Michael Zaffuto commented on Michael Zaffuto's blog post XmegaPilot CPLD Provides Failsafe Functionality
"Good choices on processors Lew...the TMS320F28835 is the processor I had in mind to work with XmegaPilot as a coprocessor. The variant is called DelfinoPilot..I setup a private ning network for it a while back but put it on the backburner for now to…"
Jun 9, 2010
Lew Payne commented on Michael Zaffuto's blog post XmegaPilot CPLD Provides Failsafe Functionality
"Anyone use the Cypress PSoC (Programmable System on Chip)? I'm curious about it, but don't want to invest the time into learning enough about it to make an informed decision. My current development systems are STM32 (CORTEX-M3) based, as…"
Jun 9, 2010

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FEZ Cerb40 - STM32F4

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

FEZ Cerb40

http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/353

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

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Posted 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 on September 28, 2011 at 8:13am

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At 2:23pm on September 16, 2017, RenoAndy said…

Hi Micheal;

   Just came across your site and excited to see you have similar interest to what we are doing in the  Western US.

Looking forward to sharing ideas, hardware finds, and piloting notes.

renoandy

www.renoauv.us

At 12:35am on June 7, 2010, Zachary Hazen said…
Thanks Michael. I'm an aero guy who has used 2 different commercial autopilots (MicroPilot and Atto) and am interested in the DIY world. The robust hardware of this project attracted me. I am getting more interested in controls all the time and have an aerodynamics background with a lot of experience writing code (mostly in Matlab). Hoping to find the time in the near future to become adept at microprocessors and sensor integration.
 
 
 

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