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    Matt has requested me to make this post . . .

    I'd like to announce a product release of my new microcontroller, the Axon:
    http://www.societyofrobots.com/axon



    Just a quick rundown:
    55 total I/O
    16 ADC
    4 UARTs
    it can handle up to 13 amps
    as low as 6V required
    source code to work with the Blackfin Camera
    bootloader
    USB, power bus
    64kb, 8kb
    (see documentation for more info)
    I've been helping people build robots for years, and the accumulated knowledge has been very useful to make the Axon very intuitive and easy to use. Its designed for experts, but made easy enough for beginners to quickly learn it. For an example of it being used, check out my Experimental Robot Platform.

    It will be available here for purchase at TRC soon!


    Other side comments about the forum . . .
    Apparently 'Matt Trossen' cannot be used as the referrer to this site!
    And that captcha was insanely hard . . . took me 6 tries . . . lol

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    SoC - welcome to the TRC!

    I call dibs! on one from the first batch to hit Trossen...

    Great job exposing all that A/D goodness from the '640!
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    Very nice! I want one

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    yeah, sorry about the captcha being a pita. Spambots have finally broken the ReCAPTHCA algorithm, so we were getting an insane amount of spambots coming through and posting crap. I had to step the security up a few notches. Only problem with that, is now it makes it really hard for even legitimate posters to join. I haven't found the happy medium yet

    Anyway, that's an awesome board! I can't wait to see it here I'll have to take a look at those links in a bit.

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    Hey Alex -

    You wanted to learn C on a microcontroller, right?

    Check out the Axon source. A ton of Microcontroller C Goodness there. I just had a quick readthrough of the headers, and looked at some of the code that was interesting. Well worth your looking at.

    http://www.societyofrobots.com/axon/...rce_062008.zip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenalynn View Post
    Hey Alex -

    You wanted to learn C on a microcontroller, right?

    Check out the Axon source. A ton of Microcontroller C Goodness there. I just had a quick readthrough of the headers, and looked at some of the code that was interesting. Well worth your looking at.

    http://www.societyofrobots.com/axon/...rce_062008.zip
    Thanks for the info, Slowly but surly getting there

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    That's right - you wanted to too.

    This might be a good platform for both of you. 90% of the hard work and 45% of the easier work is done, and learnable-fromable. There's some pretty spiffy stuff there too, like the USB interface.
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    I'll definitely have to take a look at all this! Thanks Adrenalynn

    EDIT: Whoa! I didnt' even catch the USB Interface - it's all snazzy orange looking (I think... I'm color blind, but I know it's not silver!).

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    Yup! It does have an orange plate on top of the USB from the photos, here's a closeup from the "getting started"

    http://www.societyofrobots.com/axon/images/axon_usb.JPG

    Those UARTs are rare and very cool. Hook up a GPS, a Compass, and still be able to do bidirectional wireless communication with a PC. Use the 640 to pre-process the analog, GPS, and compass, and send small packets back to the PC over wireless for tougher AI problems. This is *exactly* what I was talking about in the "thinking robots" thread. The offboard processor farm makes the hard decisions from predigested onboard sensor data...

    The 640 is ideally suited to being an embedded pre-processor. It's RISC (generally single clock per instruction), probably clocking 16Mhz, has I2C and SPI, 6 timers and 18 interrupts - so it's inherently "realtime" if you're at least a little cautious with how you optimize your code...

    It's not magic, the 64 and the larger 128 and 256 have been out there a long time. The coolest thing is that all the "glue" is in place to make it work effectively right out of the box.
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    Oh I forgot to mention . . . I'm in the process of writing more source to handle all the common robot sensors/electronics for you (sonar, sharp IR, GPS, motor drivers, encoders, etc). I'm also writing code to make it a DAQ, and also a servo controller - both by USB.

    My Blackfin Camera source code is near release. I just need to clean it up and make it easier to use.

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