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May 17, 2016

Bay Area Maker Faire 2016

Guess who is going to be at the 2016 Bay Area Maker Faire? You guessed right, we will be making the 2,090 mile trip from Detroit to San Francisco in just a few days! If you are in the area and would like see to us in all of our embedded glory then stop by booth 2434 and say "Hello".

Why are we going? We will be volunteering in the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation booth and talking about how awesome we are and how much we love the team at the BeagleBoard.org Foundation (but mostly about how awesome we are!) We even helped in creating a couple of demos, so please feel free to stop by and see what's cooking with GHI and the Foundation!
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May 9, 2016

How to use a 1Ghz processor in your next design!

Today, we are excited to announce the partnership between GHI Electronics and Octavo Systems. Octavo's OSD335x System in Package (SiP) 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. On the software side, the processor used is the same processor utilized by the BeagleBone Black designed by the BeagleBoard.org Foundation. The entire ecosystem, from the community to the software, is available to be used on the OSD335x SiP.

GHI Electronics' OSD3358 Development Board is the official development and evaluation board for the OSD3358. The OSD3358 System on Module (SoM) provides yet another foot print for the OSD3358 family of products. The OSD3358 SoM simplifies the design even further by adding 4GB FLASH memory, crystals and other required circuitry. A power source is the only thing needed to utilize the OSD3358 SoM. The SoM can be hand placed for prototypes and also machine placed for full-blown production needs.

For fans of Microsoft products, the good news continues! We are working with Microsoft and other partners to make all of these amazing offerings easier to use with Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Visual Studio. Click here to learn more on how to use Visual Studio to program the OSD3358 family of products.

OSD3358 SoM: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/564
OSD3358 Dev Board: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/563
Octavo System: http://octavosystems.com/
OSD335X: http://octavosystems.com/octavo_products/osd335x/
Partners: http://octavosystems.com/support/partners/
BeagleBoard.org Foundation: http://beagleboard.org/
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April 7, 2016

GHI Electronics NETMF 2016 SDK Pre-Release 2

Today we're releasing the NETMF SDK 2016 R1 Pre-Release 2. As long as there are no major issues, this is planned to be the last pre-release for this SDK. Changes in this pre-release are mostly minor. See the release notes for complete details.

- Fixed built in Ethernet LEDs not working
- Fixed various minor issues around CAN, USB client, CDC, and SPI
- Fixed COM2 handshaking on G120 failing due to a pin reservation issue
- Minor networking improvements
- Minor Gadgeteer fixes
- Added SmsSent to Cellular Radio
- Added TinyBooter update in IFU to EMX
- Added the ability to select the COM port used for loader updates in FEZ Config
- Improved loader update instructions and choices in FEZ Config

There are two bigger changes though:

First, 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.

Next, our devices no longer need the USB driver for MFDeploy, Visual Studio, and FEZ Config to see them. They now expose the proper USB configuration needed for Windows to automatically configure them as WinUSB devices and for Micro Framework to discover them. This requires a new TinyBooter for every device though and will only work for devices using the 4.3.8.1 firmware or later.

Additionally, Windows 10 also automatically configures USB serial ports. This means that the USB driver for the GHI Bootloader Interface is no longer needed on Windows 10 and above.

So if you are on Windows 10, are using the 4.3.8.1 firmware or later, and do not need the signed CDC driver, installing the USB driver package is now optional, though everything will still work fine if you do install it. Our SDK installer will still install it by default for now.

Lastly, while we still do not officially support it, we are making an unsupported patch available that allows you to use Visual Studio 2015 with our SDK. The issue with unsupported IL can manifest itself in very weird and subtle ways causing your program to behave erratically or in seemingly impossible ways. We recommend Visual Studio 2013 for production use.

Make sure you are using the latest Gadgeteer core as well.

Latest .NET Gadgeteer Core: http://gadgeteer.codeplex.com/downloads/get/1519812
VS2015 patch instructions: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/346/using-visual-studio-2015
2016 R1 Pre-Release 2: https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/40/ghi-electronics-netmf-sdk-2016-r1-pre-release-2
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December 24, 2015

GHI Electronics NETMF 2016 SDK Pre-Release 1

We are excited to announce the preview release of the GHI Electronics NETMF SDK 2016 R1. We worked diligently for the last few months to provide a very stable and user friendly SDK. These updates include but are not limited to:

  • CDC over USB client on G30
  • G120 and G400 can now update TinyBooter though In-Field Update
  • G400 now uses the new GHI Bootloader to update TinyBooter
  • SPI displays on G30, G80, and Cerberus can now use custom widths and heights
  • PPP now works with more modems
  • WiFi RS9110 is now more recoverable when corrupt
  • BrainPad project templates are included for C# and Visual Basic
  • Signed USB CDC drivers are now included when using the default VID and PID
  • Legacy Gadgeteer mainboards and boards in GHI.Pins no longer warn about being obsolete
  • Networking improvements in SSL, Accept, and Read.
  • Minor changes to pin organization and naming conventions in the libraries

While this SDK is very stable, there were several deep changes that require more testing on top of the many hours already spent testing the updates. This preview release should not be used as a production release until the official release in the new year.

Unfortunately, with all of the good news we do have a bit of bad news. With the community's help, we have discovered multiple issues preventing us from supporting Visual Studio 2015. As of today, we are only supporting Visual Studio 2013. All issues have been passed on to Microsoft and we hope to have a solution in the future.

Also, in order to use this pre-release SDK you will need to install the newest Gadgeteer core. The support page will be updated for the final SDK release.

Enough with the SDK it's time to celebrate! To celebrate the holidays with the end of another successful year and the release of this preview SDK we decided to take the last week of the year off! We will be closed from December 25th, 2015 through January 4th 2016. Please keep in mind that no orders will ship this week but we will get right back to it in the new year.

SDK: https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/39/ghi-electronics-netmf-sdk-2016-r1-pre-release-1
2015 .NET Gadgeteer Core: http://gadgeteer.codeplex.com/downloads/get/1519812
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December 18, 2015

End of the Year Sale

It's been another exciting year at GHI Electronics.

We've done our best to streamline and build upon everything we deliver. We couldn't have done it without your feedback and continued commitment to our company. We want to thank all of you in our community for your endless support. As always, the work never ends, and we look forward to continuing to improve into 2016. We hope everyone has a fun-filled holiday and stays safe.
To kick off the end of the year FEZtivities we're offering 10% off all products. Those of you who are domestic will also get free shipping. Just enter FEZTIVE15 to receive these offers.

Thank You
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November 27, 2015

$1 holey board plus up to 50% sale!

This doesn't need an explanation so lets get right to it...

$1 Holey board
$3 Holey Moley board (limited edition, only available during this sale)
$8 mBuino mbed
50% off all Cerberus boards (Cerb40, Cerbuino, Cerberus)
50% off G120HDR
50% off G30HDR
50% off FEZ Spider Mainboard
20% off FEZ Reaper Tinker Kit
20% off all NETMF Development System
20% off all Raspberry PI HATs
20% off BrainPad .NET

With free shipping for orders over $250, do not forget to add few more things even if they are not on sale.

A few things to note:
• The mBuino is now part of our main catalog. A very low cost, natively programmed using www.mbed.org
• The Holey Moley board is a very large gadgeteer host board, a must have for every gadgeteer owner.
• The Cerb-family and the FEZ Spider are legacy but are completely supported.
• The legacy G120HDR is based on the fully supported G120 SoM. This makes for an excellent, low cost entry to the G120 SoM.
• The G30HDR was replaced with G30TH but the G30HDR is based on the G30 SoC and will be completely supported for years to come.

The sale is available for 4 days but the stock may not, so place your order now!
https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/sale
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November 23, 2015

Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Why not both?

Come one, come all for the 4-day sale extravaganza that starts at 10am EST on Black Friday and ends at 10pm EST on Cyber Monday! This year we are giving you up to 50% off select products and we are even including free worldwide shipping for orders totaling over $250! Come join us this Friday to see what amazing products and amazing prices will be available for this year's amazing sale!

Please keep clicking here to be the first to see what products are going to be on sale.

Sale Items: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/sale
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November 16, 2015

Raspberry Pi Prototyping, Fast and Easy for under $12?

Prototyping on the Raspberry Pi is Fast and Easy (FEZ) with the all new and inexpensive, FEZ ProtoPi! We even included multiple LEDS to indicate the voltage being supplied to the ProtoPi along with user controlled LEDs (red, green and yellow). While we are at it, let's not forget the user controlled button for those who need it.

Please note that while the pictures show that you can add a breadboard directly to the FEZ ProtoPi, this is optional and the FEZ ProtoPi does not ship with a breadboard. Although the breadboard is not included, the prototyping area was designed to have wires soldered directly to the FEZ ProtoPi.

Now that we have shared the Fast and Easy way to prototype using the Raspberry Pi, let the prototyping begin!

FEZ ProtoPi: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/461
Raspberry Pi 2: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/556
All Raspberry HATs: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/538
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November 13, 2015

The tiniest file system solution known to man!

Ok, so we fudged the title but it got your attention and now that we have your attention we want to take a minute and talk about our latest file system solution, the F20 System on Chip (SoC) and F20-uSD OEM module. The F20 System on Chip (SoC) is a small, low-cost and low-power file system solution that provides access to files and folders on an SD card using simple serial commands (did we mention that it was really cheap at $4.80 in volume!). The F20-uSD module is an OEM module designed for taking the F20 SoC out for a test drive.

The F20 SoC (AKA ReallyTinyFAT) is the younger, smaller brother of the ALFAT System on Chip. The F20 SoC does not require an external crystal instead an internal clock is used. The commands supported are a subset of the commands supported by the ALFAT SoC, for more information including a comparsion table please take a look at the F20 Developers' Guide. The F20 SoC is currently not available as we are using the the F20-uSD OEM module to launch the F20 family of products.

F20 SoC: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/558
F20-uSD Module: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/546
F20 Developers' Guide: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/343/f20-developers-guide
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November 12, 2015

NETMF Documentation Update

Today we are happy to announce the release of datasheets for the G30, G80, G120, and the G400. Each datasheet contains key specifications for each product and a complete pinout table and can be found under the core system's resources. The datasheets are purposefully kept specific to each board so you will not find generic information on how to use a given feature within the datasheet.

Instead, we are also releasing a preview of the updated NETMF Manual today. This manual contains an introduction on the basics of NETMF as well as a short introduction to C#. These introductions can be used on any NETMF device and are not specific to GHI products. The manual also contains a list of more advanced topics and links to our help documents (which can now be found on the NETMF support page itself) for those seeking additional information. One such document is the newly created GHI Bootloader document that covers how to access the bootloader and gives an explanation of each command for the two bootloader versions in use today.

Going forward, our plan is to continue to improve the NETMF Manual and the various help documents. We appreciate any and all feedback that you might have.

G30 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G30_Datasheet.pdf
G80 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G80_Datasheet.pdf
G120 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G120_and_G120E_Datasheet.pdf
G400 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G400S_and_G400D_Datasheet.pdf
NETMF Manual: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/NETMF/NETMF_for_Beginners.pdf
GHI Bootloader document: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/344/ghi-bootloader
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