Embedded World giveaway board update! Processor will have 2MB Flash, 512KB RAM and 2x CAN


After our blogging about the Embedded World giveaway board, there was short discussion / comments after the post that it would be great the PIC32 on the board to have more RAM and CAN and do you know what?

Microchip is reading this blog too 🙂 as today we got message that they decided to upgrade the processor for this board to PIC32MZ2048EFH064-I/PT which is with 2MB of Flash, 512KB of RAM and dual CAN!

Now you should have got idea why this company is expanding and grow so fast – they are flexible and their managers obviously have freedom to take prompt decision!

It took them less than 24 hours to react and change the processor on board so you guys will benefit from PIC32 which beside Ethernet also have dual CAN and x4 times more RAM and FLASH than what originally was planned!

We give away 1000 boards worth EUR 25000 on Embedded World 2016 – 23-25 of February in Nuremberg Germany – the biggest event in Europe for development boards and tools


Embedded World 2016 is as usually held in Nuremberg, Germany in February.

We are there exhibiting in hall 2, booth 2-651.

What we will show you there?

Our super duper new Internet of Things WiFi-PLUG, WiFi-SWITCH and WiFi-Dimmer, all of them based on ESP8266 and allowing easy to setup Home Automation. They work with mains power supply 85-240VAC 50/60Hz and are with small 40 x 35 x 12 mm so can fit inside existing power supply sockets.

Also we will show you our new BLE development boards and Bluetooth audio.

And of course there will be our Open Source DIY Laptop powered by A64-OLinuXino.

For these who remember several times we give away free boards on Embedded World.

This year will be no exeption. We are planning promotion together with Microchip and work on new board with their PIC32MZ0512EFE064-I/PT which will have these features:

– PIC32MZ running at 200 MHz/330 DMIPS, MIPS Warrior M-class core
– Flash 512KB
– RAM 128 KB
– 4x SPI 50Mbps, 4x I2C up to 1Mbps, I2S, 6x UARTS 25 Mbps
– temp sensor +-2C
– USB host HIGH Speed
– ADC 12bit, 24 channels, 18 Msps
– 9x PWM
– 10/100 Mb Ethernet
– OLED 128×64 pixels
– Analog input for microphone
– Analog output for headphones
– micro SD card
– industrial grade -25C+85C

This board will be add to our web shop after the show and will be priced at EUR 25.00 but note! On Embedded world we will give away free of charge 1000 of these worth EUR 25 000!

How you can get one?

Past experience show that people like to get freebies even if they have no use of them, small kids, 70 years old developers, all they came to our booth and ask for free boards, but we doubt they use the boards afterward which is pitty.

This board is quite good with industrial temperature specs, 18Msps ADCs, and fast UARTs, SPIs, I2Ss, so we really do not want these boards to go to someone who will have no use of them and just will let the board collect dust in the table corner, so if you want to get one of these boards send us to info@olimex.com email with link to web page with project you already have done with other Olimex boards.

Interesting projects and open source projects will have advantage, so please think twice before submitting your blink LED done with something :))).

We will confirm with email back that we have booked board for you which you can take on Embedded World.

If you have no ticket let us know we will generate free ticket for you as exhibitor we can do this, these tickets otherwise are expensive, so prepare yourself well 🙂

For these who do not have chance to come to Embedded World, but still have interesting project, if the project is interesting enough we can decide to cover shipping by post. The boards which will be shipped by post will be shipped after Embedded World i.e. about end of February.

The last date to send us link with your project is February 22nd.

INTEL to release Open Source Hardware board based on Atom E640


Meet the Minnowboard – Open Source Hardware platform based on Intel Atom E640 released by Intel’s Open Source Technology Center (!). The board feature 1Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, SPI, I2C, CAN etc.

There is dedicated web site about this board http://www.minnowboard.org/

The company which will produce the board is Circuit Co. same company which produces Beagle Bone, the sales will start in July and the price of the board is USD 199.

It’s great to see such big player in Industry as INTEL is stepping in Open Source Hardware and set an example for other companies to follow.

Open Source is great for sharing knowledge and there is no better way to learn new stuff. The popularity of Arduino which is the most significant and popular Open Source Hardware project become a target for many marketing managers working at Commercial closed source companies.

So we have been witnesses of abuse of Open Source term on daily bases. Every one try to incline Open Source or Open in their product description, hoping this will attract Arduino community, while they do not meet at all the standards and definitions which Open Source Hardware sets: http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW

To call your board or hardware Open Source you should open your CAD schematic and board files.

Its not enough if you publish your schematic like PDF or image file, as you have to enable everyone to open, edit, modify your project, then to have rights to re-distribute the derivative work. When you provide your schematic as PDF or image this is not possible, so you shouldn’t call your design Open or if you do so you just cheap cheat 🙂

Neither running Open Source Software or Linux on your board/hardware make it “open”, if this was true then my laptop which runs Ubuntu should be called Open Source Laptop which is non sense.

We have been seen lot of: Open Source Board, Open Source Community Board, Open PC etc. claims written on boards which are completely closed with just released schematics as images or PDFs.

Surely everyone from open source community can see the difference and judge for himself if this is open source board or not, but this just wears off the Open Source words, make them cheap and confuse the novices which just enter in the Open Source World.

Texas Instruments set standard with Beagle boards what Open Source Hardware boards should be. Now INTEL is also entering this field.

Let’s hope with such big companies entering in Open Source and setting standards this will restrain the cheap cheaters to stop using Open Source as buzzword and to show them what they should do if they really want to call their boards/hardware Open Source 🙂

I would love to hear your opinion on this too!

Our boards now are in Digikey


We are glad to anounce that we have new global distributor Digi-Key Corporation.

Digi-Key already stock 84 of our boards http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?x=0&y=0&lang=en&site=us&KeyWords=olimex so now you have one more source where to buy our boards.

Friday’s Twitter Quiz


We are glad to anounce our Friday’s Quiz from this week!

Everyone can win development board with free shipping by post (airmail).

The rules are simple:

1. At 10.00 oclock our local Bulgarian time (CET+2) we are going to post what development board we will give away, so you can decide if you are interested to participate.

2. At 17.00 oclock our local time we are going to post on Twitter question related to hardware, software or embedded electronics, and will give away the development board to random follower who RT the correct answer.

Good Luck!