OLIMEXINO-328 special version of Arduino made for low power battery applications

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Our friends from IrDroid made evaluation of OLIMEXINO-328 board low power modes and blogged about it.

OLIMEXINO-328 is special version of Arduino made for Industrial applications – It can be powered from 9 to 30VDC. The board has build in LiPo charger and step up convertor so when external power is applied or connected to USB the LiPo battery is charged, if both External power and USB connection is missing the power supply is automatically back up by the LiPo battery and OLIMEXINO-328 keep running from battery.

All components of OLIMEXINO-328 work in temperature range -25+85C.

Low power voltage regulators are used to board can be bring down to few micro Ampers when not active.

A20-OLinuXino-LIME server with 320GB HDD works on LiPo battery over 6 hours

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We have server rack with several x86 servers running Linux with our work file repositories, the ERP and etc.

They are quite power hungry as lot of HDDs are connected to them in RAID mirrors to prevent data loss.

We are located in industrial area and power supply glitches are not uncommon, specially during the winter.

To keep the servers alive during power downs, we had to buy expensive 2000 EUR UPS, which actually keep them no more than 20-30 minutes up when power is down, so basically just to allow you 10-15 minutes to finish your work and then to shut them down properly before the battery is drained.

This UPS has lead-acid batteries inside which has to be changed every 3 years and cost almost as much as the UPS itself.

Initially we kept our all Olinuxino Linux images on Gdrive, but there were few issues with this, the images grew to many Gigabytes, and Gdrive start to restrict the access to the files after some limits were reach, so we decided to host these images by us on torrent. We decided to make separate server for this due to security reasons, we just wanted to keep our local network private and to allow external access only to this isolated server which we access also from outside like other users.

To keep it as low power as possible we setup one A20-LIME + HDD320GB + 6600mAh LiPo battery. This configuration works well several years already.

Yesterday our power supply provider EVN warned us that they will change mains high voltage cables in our area and Olimex will have power supply cut from 9.00 to 15.00, so we had to take day off.

We came today and sure we found all x86 servers down, but to our surprise the LIME with the HDD was working fine all these 6 hours of power blackout and didn’t shut down!

We know that with 6600mAh battery the LIME will last at least 10 hours as it uses 1.5-2W, but the HDD is rated 5W (5V/1A), so we were expecting less time stand alone operation.

It was good surprise to see that actual consumption is less, maybe the HDD enters stand-by mode when not used?

New Lower prices for Speedy Courier service to Greece

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http://www.speedy.bg/ is the courier service we use for shipments inside Bulgaria. Speedy is 100% Bulgarian company and offers excellent service at good price. Their shipping system easily integrate with custom solutions including our internal ERP system and this allows us with singls mouse click to generate AWBs and call pickup with automatic filling of all necessary fields from our internal database.

About year ago they purchased Romanian courier company and start offering shipping from and to Romania and Bulgaria at the same price as the local prices, so it was same if you ship your order from Plovdiv to Sofia or Bucuresti.

This year they expands further and purchased courier company in Greece and from June 1st they do offer same local low cost prices to shipments to Greece too! If small parcel 0.5 KG before cost about EUR 11 to ship from Bulgaria to Greece, now it cost EUR 4.63

Keep the good work Speedy and please expand even further 🙂

New Product in Stock: Low cost Pliers and Cutters for electronics

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CHN-CUT is low cost and light weight cutter for electronic components.

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CHN-PLI-LF is low cost, light weight, flat long nose pliers for component lead forming.

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CHN-PLI-SC is low cost, light weight, combined cutter and short flat nose  for cable cut and form.

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CHN-PLI-LC is low cost, light weight, combined cutter and long flat nose for cable cut and form.

FOSDEM-85 as thermometer with no external components

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Stefan Goetze submitted today cool project with FOSDEM-85 in our Project section.

https://www.olimex.com/Projects/

He is using the ATTiny85 internal chip sensor to measure the temperature, which he displays with LED blinks on Pinguino eyes. For this purpose he re-connected the Power LED to another port.

The document where he explains how he build it together with all source codes is here

Now FOSDEM-85 can be used as thermometer on your desk 🙂

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.

New Product in stock: OLIMEXINO-NANO wearable Arduino Leonardo clone

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In October I blogged for our new Arduino clone: The NANO with size only 30x30x8 mm.

Well we have them all three in stock now!

OLIMEXINO-NANO is the core module with USB micro connector, the stackable connectors for shields and UEXT to connect our many UEXT modules like BMP085, MPU6050, HMC5883L, Zigbee, temperature, magnetometers etc. etc.

OLIMEXINO-BB is stackable shield which allow you to connect NANO to Breadboard-1

OLIMEXINO-BAT is shield which contain Lithium 3V battery, connector for LiPo battery and on board charger.

The power supply for NANO is made very intelligently and as soon you connect LiPo it will take power from there, if the USB is connected the batteries are disconnected and start charging them.

We have two more modules which will be ready in few weeks:

  • EUR 10 Bluetooth 4.0 BLE shield which will allow the wearable NANO to be connected to iPhones without licensee issues or to Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0 and will allow interactions with phones and tablets with different sensors connected to NANO
  • EUR 22 GSM/GPRS 4 band shield with external antenna which will add connectivity via GSM

The NANO shield concept is that the connectors are SMT type and stackable, on bottom there is male connector, on top is female connector so you can stack as many shield as you want together.

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