New Product in Stock: Bluetooth 4.0 BLE module

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MOD-nRF8001 is a low cost EUR 9.95 Bluetooth low energy module (Bluetooth 4.0) which works with Arduino, Pinguino, Maple boards. Demo examples for these three platforms have been tested.

BLE is interesting for iPhone developers since BLE is not subject to a bogus license from Apple as normal Bluetooth, this means you can connect devices to iPhone via BLE without the need to be “approved” by Apple. Other phones and tablets with Bluetooth 4.0 also can work with MOD-nRF8001. This makes interfacing to sensors and physical computing possible at low cost. MOD-nRF8001 has a range of up to 50-60 meters when no obstacles and walls are present.

MOD-nRF8001 is made for easy integration to existing PCBs and can be soldered on the PCB using the cut-through pads, those who want to work with breadboards can solder 2 x 0.1″ step connectors to MOD-nRF8001 and plug it to a breadboard, the third way to connect MOD-nRF8001 to board is by soldering 10 pin UEXT connector to it.

Special OLIMEXINO-NANO nRF8001 shield is designed and will be in stock in February.

Android, PIC32-PINGUINO-OTG and Pure Data project

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Roberto Becerra submitted to our Project section his project with Android and PIC32-PINGUINO-OTG.

With the Android app he wrote he have access to all features PIC32-PINGUINO offers: Digital output, inputs, Analog inputs etc.

MOD-RGB – Arduino, Maple and Pinguino Examples

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Here we will demoнstrate you how to use our new MOD-RGB LED driver UEXT module with our Arduino, Pinguino and Maple boards which have UEXT connector.

Getting the Libraries and Examples

The library/example .zip files for Arduino, Maple and Pinguino can be downloaded from:
https://www.olimex.com/Products/Modules/LED/MOD-RGB/

Installing the Libraries and examples

For Arduino, use the Fade sketch directly, no additional files or configuration needed.

For Maple:
1. Make sure that the Maple IDE is not running
2. Copy the MODRGB folder to the /libraries folder of your Maple IDE installation folder
3. Start the IDE. The “MODRGB” examples should now appear under File/examples.
4. Include the library in your projects as such:
#include “MODRGB.h”

For Pinguino, use the example directly. It has been tested with PIC32-PINGUINO, PIC32-PINGUINO-OTG, PIC32-PINGUINO-MICRO, PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220

 Examples

All packages include the same example – Fade.

It uses built-in functons or the MODRGB library to set the RED, GREEN and BLUE values that the MOD-RGB board outputs.

The example fades the lights from blue to red to green to blue again in an endless loop.
If you want to adjust the speed at which the colors change, change the value of the delay period to your liking:
#define SPEED 500

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FRIDAY FREE BOARD QUIZ ISSUE #32 IS PIC32-PINGUINO

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PIC32-PINGUINO is arduino like board with 32 bit processor working at 80Mhz and with 256KB of Flash and 32KB of RAM i.e. comparable with hardware capability to the new Arduino Due.

Today at 17.00 o’clock our local Bulgarian time (GMT+2) we will post on Twitter our questions.

You have one hour to reply to our tweet with the correct answer.

At 18.00 o’clock we will count the correct answers and ask random.org to generate random number in range then announce the winner and ship the board by airmail in Monday.

Good Luck!

MICROCHIP DIRECT IS SELLING PIC32-PINGUINO-OTG and PIC32-MAXI-WEB

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MIcrochip direct is the Microchip web shop, it’s nice web site where you can see what stock level Microchip keep from the different PIC microcontrollers they have.

Recently they start selling two of our PIC development boards:

http://www.microchipdirect.com/searchparts.aspx?q=olimex&resperpage=10

PIC32-PINGUINO-OTG is our popular PIC32 Arduino like board which runs Pinguino.cc IDE

PIC32-MAXI-WEB is development board running Microchips TCP-IP stack and the Microchip Graphics Library.

PIC32-PINGUINO NEW DEMO EXAMPLES UPLOADED

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PIC32-PINGUINO is Arduino like board which works with Pinguino IDE.

Several new demo examples are uploaded on our web https://www.olimex.com/dev/pic32-pinguino-otg.html

1. MOD-GPS demo example with our GPS module

2. MOD-CC2450 demo example with our low energy Bluetooth module (still not released on our web :) )

3. SHIELD-EKG-EMG demo example how to interface this shield to Pinguino and measure pulse and muscle activity

4. MOD-MP3-X demo example how to play MP3 files with Pinguino

5. Sending and receiving calls and SMS with MOD-GSM and Pinguino

6. Connecting to Bluetooth enabled devices with MOD-BT and Pinguino

7. Interfacing MOD-ZIGBEE-PIR with Pinguino

8. MOD-RTC real time clock interfacing with Pinguino

9. Reading 13.56Mhz RFID tags with Pinguino and MOD-RFID1365-BOX

all examples have readme.txt inside which explains the functionality

STM32-H407 PROTOTYPES ARE READY

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STM32-H407 is our new board with STM32F407ZGT6 168Mhz Cortex M4 microcontroller with 1MB of Flash, 192KB RAM.

This is OSHW design and once we validate the design the CAD files will be uploaded on GitHub.

STM32-F407 board have:
- Input DCDC power supply which allow operation from 6-16VDC source
- USB-OT
- USB host
- micro SD card
- Reset and User buttons
- Arduino platform
- UEXT connector
- JTAG connector
- 4 full 32-bit Ports with the external memory bus for add-on modules

Here you can see STM32-H407 loaded with SHIELD-EKG/EMG:

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After the prototype validation we will move this board for production and it will be available around end of May. The preliminary target release price is EUR 29.95

CONTROL PINGUINO REMOTELY VIA GSM

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New demo example is uploaded on PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 web page which demonstrate how to add GSM remote control to Pinguino and place and receive GSM calls.

PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 have UEXT connector which allow MOD-GSM to be connected and easy to add cellular remote control.

The demo code contain PDE sketch which take calls and if the call is from GSM phone which is known toggle the on board LEDs (or if you attach relay can open your garage door for instance). If the on board button is pressed Pinguino will call stored phone number (i.e. panic button, or alarm event).

The demo code is at http://www.olimex.com/dev/DUINO/PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220/PIC32MX220_MODGSM_call_example.zip

CONTROL YOUR PINGUINO FROM ANY DEVICE WITH BLUETOOTH

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New demo example is uploaded on PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 web page which demonstrate how to add Bluetooth connectivity to Pinguino and control it with any device with bluetooth.

PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 have UEXT connector which allow MOD-BT to be connected and easy to add bluetooth connectivity.

The demo code contain PDE sketch which pairs to bluetooth device and toggle the on board LEDs when ’1′ and ’2′ characters are received from the bluetooth device.

The demo code is at http://www.olimex.com/dev/DUINO/PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220/PIC32MX220_MODBT_Project.zip

Embedded World 2012

I’m back from Embedded World! As always being there was great, you can sense the pulse of the Embedded developments, see the trends and what’s new.

It was 4 days fun! We met with all our important silicon chip vendors and planned many new boards for release which you will see very soon ;)

This year our German distributor Elektronikladen had no booth and we co-exhibited with our Global distributor Mouser Inc. Their booth they built was beautiful:

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If you do wonder where Olimex is,  here we are:

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These pictures I took early in the morning at 9.00 AM they let the visitors in and it got crowdy.

We chatted with hundreds of young and interesting people who came to our booth:

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We had one DuinoMite-Mega running on the booth with Wii-nunchuk and many were interested to see the code themself:

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Lucio Di Jasio who wrote the book “Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C – Exploring the PIC32″ and who’s idea Geoff Graham used to make Maximite came to our booth also and we talked about DuinoMite.

Then we have been visited by some key PIC32 people in Microchip and they all have been charmed by DuinoMite and Pinguino boards.

1000 PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 boards were given-away and I hope this will be a nice kickstart for Pinguino project. Lot of students and people who use Arduino  were hear about this promotion and came to get their free Pinguino to test.

I also had some time to look around.

Olimex’s boards were on Texas Instruments 3rd party display:

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As this event is huge and you have to catch the crowd attention, some booths had even ‘live’ bears on them:

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On ARM booth there was Lego robot which solves Rubic cube in less than 6 seconds:

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Being on Mouser booth I had chance to talk to some of the managers and I was amazed to learn about the logistic capabilities they have.

MOUSER stock hundreds of thousands different components, but once you fill your order on their web 15 minutes later the order is ready to load on the FedEx truck.

This is trully amazing (comparing to our Olimex humble shipping possibilities).

I learned that they do consolidated shipments for Europe and clear the import export procedures for their European customers. So if you place your order at their web latest 8.00 PM Texas time, your order is loaded on the last FedEx truck which leave their facility at 8.30 PM. All EU shipments are consolidated in a big container. The container is loaded on the plane and while it flyes the export/import paper work is processing, so it gots unloaded at Fedex facility in France and all small parcels are distributed within Europe shipping from France. So if you live in EU you don’t have to deal with import and customs like if you order from other vendors like Digikey.

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