Embedded World 2013


Embedded World is the largest event for development tools and services in Europe.

Olimex have time slot from 9.00 – 13.00 o’clock on 28th at Mouser Booth Hall 4A-302 where we will present latest OLinuXino news and developments: imx233, A13, A10S.

If you have time pass by and challenge your chance to win one of the 1000 MSP430-BSL rocket programmers which we will give away together with Texas Instruments during the show.



MSP430-BSL is Boot-loader tool which allow you to program MSP430 devices in BSL mode. It’s a open source hardware project where the hardware is done by Olimex and firmware by Texas Instruments.

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:


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




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:



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


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:



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


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


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.

Pinguino IDE now supports PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220


PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 is ULTRA LOW COST Arduino Like entry level board. The retail price of this board is EUR 9.95!

Here is comparison table of PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 hardware capabilities and Arduino-UNO:


During Embedded World exhibition Microchip and Olimex will give away 1000 of these boards to interested customers who already work with Pinguino, Arduino or Maple or are curious to try this platform.

The boards are assembled and tested now and today we start the final bootloader programming.

These processors are very very new and Pinguino development team worked hard last week to add support for them in the new Pinguino IDE.

Today the bootloader and the IDE were tested and everything works.

Now is time to port the demo applications for Bluetooth and Zigbee connectivity which we will demostrate on our booth.

This year we co-exhibit with MOUSER so you can see us on their booth. If you are visiting Embedded World you are welcome to pass by and pickup your free PINGUINO 🙂

How to make sure you will get free PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 during Embedded World?


read here:http://forum.pinguino.cc/showthread.php?tid=3256


Embedded World is the largest even for embedded developers in Europe.

This year it will be from February 28th to March 1st.

Microchip and Olimex will have promotion at Embedded world and will give away 1000 pcs free PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 development boards.

Pinguino is easy  to use and program board in Arduino format and accepts all Arduino shields, it also have the Olimex’s own UEXT connector which allow interfacing to all Olimex UEXT modules (for more info http://www.olimex.com/dev/OTHER/UEXT.pdf ).

PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 is with the new PIC32MX220F032D microcontroller from Microchip with 32KB Flash, 8KB RAM, 40MHz MIPS32 M4K core, USB OTG and exceed the normal Arduino UNO based on ATMega328 as processor power.

The PIC32-PINGUINO-MX220 board is supported by Pinguino IDE (http://www.pinguino.cc) and several applications like Bluetooth and Zigbee connectivity will be demonstrated at Embedded world.

If you are going to visit Embedded world pass by Microchip boot and take your free Pinguino board.