View Full Version : Need cheap horsepower?

01-02-2009, 03:06 PM
Wow. This looks pretty attractive from futurlec: http://www.futurlec.com/ET-ARM_Stamp.shtml

Includes Philips LPC2119 Microcontroller with 128kb Internal Flash Program Memory
16/32 Bit Operation with a speed of up to 58.9824MHz
Direct In-Circuit Program Download with RS-232 Connection
Up to 46 I/O points
4 Channel 10-Bit A/D Converters
2 CAN Interfaces with Acceptance Filters
2 UARTS and Fast I2C, together with SPI
Two 32-Bit Timers with Four Capture and Compare Channels
On-Board Real-Time Clock
Power LED with Load and Reset Button
Easy to Install and Remove
Ideal as an Interchangeable Controller for Real-Time Systems

$27.90 (!)

01-02-2009, 03:59 PM
Wow, nice find! It looks like there is a C library available too. Please don't make me buy more toys...

01-02-2009, 03:59 PM
Man, that does look impressive Adrenalynn, even the stamp dev board looks good, but that price?? one would almost think it is a miss print?

01-02-2009, 06:36 PM
Naw, I think it's pretty accurate given their pricing on microcontrollers.

Jes - it works with the standard GNU toolchain. It's "just" an ARM-7. Well-known dev process there...

01-03-2009, 03:32 PM
What robot projects have been done with an ARM? I saw another cheap NXP LPC2103 board recently too, thought it could be interesting to work with. Usually use GCC? I haven't gone into that, but hope I could get through the process adequately well.

01-03-2009, 08:40 PM
The Gumstix and Tin Can Tools larger ARMs are a common robotics mainstay. Some of the best fighting humanoids on the planet are running the Gumstix.

I've done innumerable projects non-robotics-related with the ARM processors. A joy to work with. The Make Controller is also an (older) ARM 7.

Yup - the gcc cross compile toolchain is very mature.

01-04-2009, 03:43 AM
I have been wanting to break into the ARM world so I am seriously tempted to pick this thing up. I don't have a project for it though. Hmmm....

01-04-2009, 04:02 AM
Buy it and they will come. :D