[Lab] arduino hardware

Jean-Marc LeBlanc jeanmarc.leblanc at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 19:57:07 EST 2011

there a nice community for the launch pad at 43oh.com.  I am a some
what active member there.  I check it daily and contribute when I can.
 But they have some very good source.  they have an arduino like
library call gatesphere.  I don't remember the status of it but the
people there are very nice and helpful.

As for the STM32 Discovery, if you have never programed
micro-controllers, I would not recommend it.  There is allot of
overhead to learn and it is not at all as simple as the arduino.  I am
writing a blog that will guide you threw the steps I took to send ssl
packets over a Usart.  I had found it quite a challenge to get started
with it.  Most of these are used for commercial applications so they
don't release their source.  I found some bit and pieces of
documentation on the Internet but took me a while to figure it out.
Im am prety much trying to gather as much resources and putting them
in 1 place.  I should have it all writen by next week since I have
never written any articles really.

if you have any sources for the SMT32 id love to read them :)  If you
do choose to use a stm32 feel free to email me if you have any

Jean-Marc Le Blanc

"Do you pine for the nice days of Minix-1.1, when men were men and
wrote their own device drivers?" Linus Torvalds

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM, Paul (Maker Engineering)
<paul at makerengineering.com> wrote:
> I'm planning on using and ARM Cortex chip for my new 3D printer design. And
> they are a lot cheaper than you would think. The STM32 flavour is especially
> affordable, and you can get the development board for only $10 (the STM32
> Discovery series of boards, very similar in layout and size to an arduino
> mega). And they are nice powerful little processors . And you can develop
> for them with opensource toolchains, and there is tons of opensource code
> targeted to the arm platform already.
> Just a thought.
> Other than that I don't know of a "cheap" source for the arduino really...
> But as others mentioned here, the schematics and such are freely available
> for all the arduino boards. So you could build one yourself for a reasonable
> price most likely... Only catch is a programmer, although if your
> electronics skills are solid building a programmer from inexpensive parts
> isn't super hard either.
> - Paul
> On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Boris Bokowski <bokowski at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Alternately if you need to use arduino software, you could just get the
>> > atmega chip and supporting hardware (crystal, caps, voltage regulator &
>> > battery terminal if powering off batteries) and build your own board
>> > with a
>> > protoboard from radio shack or similar.  You'll also need to get a
>> > programmer for the AVR chips which will initially cost more than the
>> > cost of
>> > an arduino but after a few boards will save you lots of money compared
>> > to
>> > buying an arduino for every project.
>> > Tom
>> Not sure if this is common knowledge, but the Bus Pirate (US$30 plus
>> shipping) can be used as an AVR programmer:
>> http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=237
>> Boris
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