Name: Bob Furber
Member since: 2005-02-02 17:33:03
Last Login: 2005-07-28 15:43:17
I belong to a team that designs and manufactures small, highly capable microcontrollers (Intec Automation Inc - www.steroidmicros.com). Many of these microcontrollers are used in robotics. My interest in this group is to learn more about robotics so as to be able to design and deliver microcontrollers that are very well suited for robotics applications. Other, somewhat related interests, are wireless connectivity to and between microcontrollers, using WiFi and ZigBee.
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As an observer, I am unable to respond directly to "jeffkoenig" "Pretty Cool, But.." post regarding the WildFire microcontroller. But, Jeff makes some interesting observations and I would like to address them.
The "Technical Documentation" link should be to www.steroidmicros.com/downloads/WildFireUM.pdf, not ../WildFirePR.pdf.
Jeff is right that the I2C signals do not come off the board. That is, they are not connected to the headers.
The LCD port and software libraries support standard single character based LCDs up to 2 lines x 40 characters or 4 lines x 20 characters. Other displays can be connected, but they require custom harnesses and custom drivers (i.e., "roll your own").
The on-board LCD contrast pot is a single turn pot and the contrast "sweet spot" is less than ¼ turn and varies from LCD to LCD and varies with temperature. A multi-turn pot would have been nicer and a temperature compensation circuit, nicer yet ..all at the cost of realestate and money.
Again, Jeff is right: the picture is an old one of a Beta version of the board. Pictures on our website are current and, yes, this is now a real "off the shelf" product.
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