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Offline FlevasGR

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NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« on: December 16, 2015, 10:04:21 pm »
Apparently FTDI, a company well known for  the ftdigate, started a new kickstarter project to fund an "Energy efficient Arduino"...

They're asking for £1,500...




Their "key-features" are somewhat weird...


Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1218034479/nero-an-energy-efficient-arduino-uno-compatible-de?ref=discovery

 

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 10:29:43 pm »
so they made an arduino with a switching regulator as opposed to a linear one. and slapped on their 231x ...
big whoop.
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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 10:33:48 pm »
They should also have filmed the video not in a restroom. And do you really need 3 takes to say 10 words?
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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2015, 11:18:13 pm »
I assumed FTDI was a large corp... I don't get why you would back an arduino with a switcher...

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2015, 11:31:59 pm »
Does the board have a feature wherein it bursts into flames, burning down your city in the process all while playing a synthesized fiddle from an internal speaker? If not, I'm disappointed in the naming choice...
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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2015, 10:48:41 am »
I assumed FTDI was a large corp... I don't get why you would back an arduino with a switcher...
Good question, dont they have 1500 pounds somewhere?
Or are the usual sales channel not working? The one where you totally get real FTDI chips.
 

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2015, 12:00:18 pm »
looks to me more like an 'Interest Check' kinda thing ?
 

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2015, 07:36:47 pm »
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looks to me more like an 'Interest Check' kinda thing ?
Yeah but that video...trust me, I've made Kickstarter videos, and with the little money we had... I'm just going to leave it there...

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2015, 04:51:48 pm »
Quote from: FTDI
A measurement of the supply ripple on the output of the NerO switching regulator using an oscilloscope reveals it to be under 200mV peak to peak - perfectly adequate for driving digital logic.

200mv ripple on a 5v supply line?  Terrible performance  :--
 

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2015, 06:20:57 pm »
They really should have made it with a socketed processor and the ability to bootload blank chips.
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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2015, 06:45:07 pm »
An "Arduino" like this one?

http://www.inhaos.com/product_info.php?products_id=66
https://hifiduino.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/arduino-compatible/

And it has NOT the ability to select operation  between 5 V and 3.3 V.   

 
 

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2016, 05:46:22 pm »
So they essentially changed the power conditioning and switched out the USB bridge to use a device on their own product line, seems like a minimal effort marketing campaign..
 

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Re: NerO - An Energy Efficient Arduino UNO Compatible Design
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2016, 04:18:31 pm »
This has already been posted by someone from FTDI as being an OSH project.

IMHO, FTDI has screwed hobbists so much that there's no place left for them in the Arduino scenario.

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