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November 4, 2016

Gadgeteer 3-day Super Blowout Clearance Sale

We recently announced that we are no longer moving forward with Gadgeteer. But we know many users that still love Gadgeteer and they want to add to their toolbox before it is too late. Remember that you can use Gadgeteer without the Gadgeteer framework. In fact, today's Tech Talk is about the Gadgeteer hardware and how it can still be useful in the future.

So jump right in and get you some awesomely cheap Gadgeteer hardware before it is too late! Everything listed on sale is located at

We kindly ask you to limit your order to 5 of each. And please remember that order volumes tend to rise during sales and it may take a few extra days to get your order out-the-door. So please be patient with our Distribution Team as they will being doing their best to fulfill orders as quickly as possible.
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October 13, 2016

Renewing our commitment to NETMF!

NETMF has always been a great way to bring the power of .NET and Visual Studio to embedded devices. It allows businesses and makers to use their existing developers and skills to quickly bring their embedded idea to life. This was a technology with many big names and partners involved. The future looked bright.

Now, though, NETMF's future does not seem as bright as it once was. Most involved in the project before have moved on. Issues remain unfixed, progress is slow to non-existent, the difference between modern .NET and Visual Studio grows every day, and there is no clear and official messaging about the future of the project. For a long time, our hands were tied. We only maintained ports to our hardware and added key features for our customers. The important .NET and Visual Studio bits were in the part of the stack maintained by other parties. With no clear messaging about where the project was going and who was supporting it, we were unsure about what we could do or where we could help, so we waited to see what would happen.

This long period of confusion and waiting has hurt what is most important to us: our customers. Now we have decided that we will no longer wait on others. We want to make sure that we deliver a great end user experience. We are taking responsibility to ensure that the entire NETMF experience from install to development and deployment is Fast-and-Easy (FEZ) for our customers. Nothing is off limits and everything is on the table. We want to hear what you think needs to happen to make our new NETMF a compelling and popular platform.

We have our own ideas on what we want to see in our new NETMF too: modern and complete Visual Studio support; consistent and clear versioning and updates; networking, graphics, and native programming that work right; a development workflow that is familiar to modern .NET developers; support for modern .NET constructs like generics, async, and nuget; compelling features and support for embedded targets; and much more. Of course, while we can't promise anything specific today, we do plan to actively engage our corporate customers and the community as we go along.

It's just not NETMF either. The recent changes to the community in the Task Tracker, Codeshare, and forums are part of this too. They're the beginning of improvements coming to the catalog, website, support, documentation, and more. It's still very early and we're hard at work laying the groundwork for what is to come, so stay tuned for more updates and details. We're going to bring the FEZ back into GHI Electronics.
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September 30, 2016

It has arrived, meet BeagleBone™ Black Wireless!

If you couldn't tell by the picture, GHI Electronics has partnered with BeagleBoard.Org Foundation to help with the releasing of BeagleBone™ Black Wireless! That's right the Foundation earlier this week released BeagleBone™ Black Wireless and GHI Electronics was part of the design team while being a manufacturing launch partner. This weekend we will be with BeagleBoard.Org Foundation at the New York Maker Faire to help spread the Beagle Gospel. If you are in New York this weekend please stop by the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation booth in Zone 3 and say "Hi!" to the team!

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless was inspired by the original and game changing BeagleBone™ Black. BeagleBone™ Black Wireless replaces the 10/100 Ethernet port with onboard 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth. That right, the extremely popular BeagleBone™ Black computer now comes with built-in wireless networking capability. However, this wasn't the only change, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless now comes equipped with the OSD3358 System in Package (SiP) by Octavo Systems. By using the OSD3358 SiP, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless was designed using CadSoft Eagle making BeagleBone™ Black Wireless easy to modify and create custom designs.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless Press Release:
To Purchase BeagleBone™ Black Wireless:
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September 15, 2016

1 GHz Through-Hole and Development Board ship today

They are finally in stock: the OSD3358 Development Board and the OSD3385 TH (Through Hole) Board. These boards are ideal for evaluating and developing with Octavo System's 1 GHz 512 MB OSD3358 System in Package (SiP). While the boards shipping today are still considered preview, we wanted to get them into your hands as soon as possible so you can begin testing and evaluating. The Developers' Guide will cover any known issues with these preview boards. Because they are preview, these boards are not currently available through our distribution network.

The OSD3358 SoM is currently available to select customers only. If you have an immediate need for an OSD3358 SoM and can't use the OSD3358 TH, please contact us directly. We would love to hear from you and assist you in your design.

With GHI Electronics being Octavo System's lead design partner for the OSD3358 SiP, we are a one stop shop for off-the-shelf products and custom solutions using our engineering and manufacturing services.

Take a look at this great video introducing our OSD3358 family of products:

OSD3358 Development Board:
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OSD3358 SoM:
OSD3358 Developers' Guide:
GHI Electronics' Services:
Octavo System's OSD3358 SiP:
DigiKey's OSD3358 SiP order page:
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September 1, 2016

The future of Gadgeteer...

When MSR (Microsoft Research) started the Dragonfly concept which later became known as Gadgeteer, we immediately fell in love with it. Everything from the cables to the software wrappers allowed all of us to easily create projects and products. However, it never seemed to move past a research project for Microsoft. And in recent years it seems to be only GHI Electronics providing products and support on the level needed to keep Gadgeteer going. From a business perspective, we unfortunately cannot continue pouring resources into Gadgeteer. It is today with great sadness that we inform you that we will no longer provide Gadgeteer-based solutions.

To make this an easier transition for our customers, we will continue manufacturing Gadgeteer until the end of 2016. We will also keep accepting direct orders throughout 2017. There may be minimum order quantities for 2017 but we will try to keep those as low as possible. Please contact us directly with your Gadgeteer forecast ASAP so we can work with you on a smooth transition.

As far as software support, the current released stable 2016 SDK has everything needed to continue creating Gadgeteer products. Starting in 2017 the GHI Electronics SDK will no longer contain Gadgeteer. So, for those of you invested in Gadgeteer, there is no need to worry about availability. The 2016 R1 release will always be available via our website. Not only will we keep that SDK available for you but we have created a support page that will direct you to the open Gadgeteer source files and provides a very basic overview of what to do.

What's next? By removing Gadgeteer from our product road map, we will be able to really bring the concept of "FEZ" (Fast and Easy) back into using our products and who we are. We will be able to focus on the rest of catalog including NETMF. Yes, you read that correctly; stepping away from Gadgeteer does not apply to NETMF. We will continue with our NETMF product line and products that have yet to be announced.

Using Gadgeteer after the 2016 R1 SDK:
.NET Gadgeteer Products:
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July 18, 2016

GHI Electronics and the Beagleboard.Org Foundation join forces!

Today's announcement is especially exciting to us as it involves the open source community. While we work with corporations providing them with closed source solutions, we also enjoy working with the open source community and makers. Today, we are an important part and a great supporter of the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation and its ecosystem of maker friendly products.

If you didn't know, the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation is located in Michigan and is literally only minutes away from GHI Electronics' headquarters. By being in close proximity to the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation headquarters, we're able to stay actively engaged in on-going project developments.

We have made all our engineering resources available to the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation. Through our participation in brain-storming and roadmap discussions, we've become incredibly excited about all of the awesome open source products the Foundation will be releasing.

Due to the huge demand for the BeagleBone Black, GHI Electronics will not be selling the BeagleBone Black directly via our website. However, you are able to purchase the BeagleBone Black through our distribution network including international distributors like Mouser, with whom we have had a great partnership with for many years.

If you are currently a BeagleBone Black fanatic like we are but you have a question on customizing your project please give us a call. We are here for you with our vast experience with engineering, manufacturing and bringing products to market.

Next time you are purchasing a BeagleBone Black, make sure that the board is from an official BeagleBone Black manufacturer like GHI Electronics or distributor which can be found listed at

We are excited to be working with the team and look forward to working with the open source community as well.

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July 12, 2016

Expanding GHI Electronics’ production throughput!

As you may know, all of GHI Electronics' products are manufactured locally in its headquarters located in Michigan, USA. We take pride in the quality of our products and in the superb talent of our team.

With over 10 years of continuous success, we have decided to expand our production capabilities. As for the pick-and-place machine, we added a second Swedish made machine offered by Mycronic (formerly known as Mydata). The new machine is about 4 times faster than our existing one, thanks to the dual heads and to the linear motors. As for the surface solder, we have not used stencils in years because a few years ago we bought a solder jet printer and we love it. In fact, we love it so much that we have added a second printer! We didn't forget about the oven, we have the best of the best oven with 8 top and 8 bottom heating zones. This is not your ordinary pizza oven, with precision reflow quality we get perfect lead free boards, every single time.

We did not stop there! We have also added a top of the line selective solder machine. We will no longer need to sit down and solder thousands of connectors by hand. You will simply love this $100,000 soldering iron!

What does all of this mean? GHI Electronics is expanding and now accepting high volume purchase orders and like always, we will be delivering high quality products with guaranteed on-time delivery. Interested in a tour? Just give us a call, we would love to show off our brand new machines.
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June 27, 2016

Release of the GHI Electronics NETMF and Gadgeteer 2016 R1 SDK!

We are excited to announce the release of the GHI Electronics NETMF and Gadgeteer 2016 R1 SDK. We have worked hard over the last few months to provide a very stable and user friendly SDK. Some of the major things in this release include:

- CDC over USB client on G30
- EMX, G120, and G400 can now update TinyBooter though In-Field Update
- G400 now uses the new GHI Bootloader to update TinyBooter
- Networking improvements in SSL, Accept, and Read
- The default debug interface is now controllable
- Legacy Gadgeteer mainboards and boards in GHI.Pins no longer warn about being obsolete
- Signed USB CDC drivers are now included when using the default VID and PID
- The USB drivers are now optional for the GHI Bootloader on Windows 10 and for Micro Framework on all supported systems
- BrainPad project templates are included for C# and Visual Basic
- PPP now works with more modems
- WiFi RS9110 is now more recoverable when corrupt
- SPI displays on G80 and Cerberus can now use custom widths and heights

No changes have been introduced since pre-release 2. The release notes show the combined changes of all the pre-releases for this SDK.

While we still do not officially support Visual Studio 2015 because of the serious issues with it, we are making an unsupported patch available that allows you to use it with our SDK. See the patch instructions for complete details. We still recommend Visual Studio 2013 for production use.

Lastly, we have updated our code signing certificate. You may get warnings that the SDK installer, USB drivers, and FEZ Config are not well known from Windows since it is a new certificate. This will go away as the SDK is used more.

Latest .NET Gadgeteer Core:
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June 20, 2016

The lowest cost and most advanced FAT file system chipset!

The F20 SoC (System on Chip) is now in production and ready to ship. Products can now have full access to files and folders on SD cards with very minimal resources. Priced at around $6, it is a more economical option than investing in building and debugging file system libraries. The F20-uSD board is a low-cost OEM board with the F20 SoC at it's core, an ideal board for quick integration or evaluation of the F20 SoC.

We are also improving the overall file system offerings. First, the original ALFAT chipset has been renamed as the F40 SoC. Only the product name has changed, the ordering part number is the same, ALF2X-SC-512. Second, we are introducing the GHI Electronics' File System Command's Manual, which covers all commands for all of GHI Electronics' file system products. There are also datasheets that cover the specifics of the individual products.

We are also excited to release a new firmware for the F20 family that adds a few useful features. The new datasheet has more information on what is now supported and an updated pinout. See the developers' guide for more information on updating the firmware on the F20 SoC and related products. Unfortunately, the new firmware and any future releases are not compatible with the F20-uSDs shipped to date (those that have a GHI bootloader version of 2.0.2). They will still work great with the full-featured existing 0.5.0 version of the firmware.

F20 SoC:
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F20-uSD Board:
File System Commands Manual:
F20 SoC Datasheet:
F40 (ALFAT) SoC Datasheet:
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June 17, 2016

Introducing the newest member to the Octavo Systems Family!

We would like to introduce the newest member of the Octavo Systems family of products (drum roll please), please welcome the OSD3358 TH Module! The OSD3358 TH Module is based on Octavo's OSD335x System in Package (SiP) which incorporates Texas Instruments' powerful Sitara™ AM335x processor with an ARM® Cortex®-A8 core. With all of the complex and sensitive components being handled internally by the OSD335x SiP, designers can easily harness this significant horsepower for their designs.

For those of you wanting a low-cost option for taking the OSD335x SiP for a test drive, the OSD3558 TH Module is the perfect solution for you! We added 60 holes exposing everything from ethernet to CAN, all you need is a breadboard and an idea! We even made it Fast and Easy for you to add displays by providing the pinout for the Display NHVN Module. To get started creating your next master piece, all you have to do is plug in a USB cable and you will be on your way to greatness.

But that's not all, in preparation for accepting preorders, we have added pricing to all products in the Octavo Systems ecosystem. Take a look around and start making your Octavo Systems wish list!

Octavo Systems Family-of-Products:
OSD335x System-in-Package News Announcement:
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