[Noisebridge-discuss] MCHCK - The $5 ARM mcu board

pdbogen at cernu.us pdbogen at cernu.us
Tue Oct 29 21:12:54 UTC 2013


Glad to hear they got their funding!

I'd be really interested in how well these would play with a small USB WiFi 
adapter.

- Patrick

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 01:38:58PM -0700, David Rorex wrote:
> Finally got my kit over the weekend, plan to try soldering one tomorrow
> night at Ace Monster Toys if anybody else got some and wants to join in.
> http://www.meetup.com/Ace-Monster-Toys/events/146562472/
> 
> 
> On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM, David Rorex <drorex at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > I've been following this project for a while, their goal is to produce a
> > small ARM board with everything you need to program it built in for only $5
> > -- the idea being that at that price, you can stick them everywhere and not
> > have to worry about the cost. They are now close to being finished, and are
> > trying to raise enough money to get some prototypes out into the hands of
> > hackers looking to play with them. You can see details on the project here:
> > http://mchck.org/
> >
> > *Features*
> >> *open:* entirely open source hardware and software
> >> *powerful: *ARM Cortex-M4 with DSP extensions, 50MHz, 32KB code flash,
> >> 8KB RAM, 32KB data flash
> >> *easy to use:* programmable via USB; USB 2.0 full speed device and host
> >> in hardware
> >> *massive connectivity: *10 PWM outputs, 12 analog inputs, 29 GPIOs, 6
> >> serial interfaces, 14 touch sense inputs
> >> *low power:* can run directly from a coin cell battery for months
> >> *extensible: *add LiPo battery charger, 2.4GHz radio, extra flash
> >> memory, all without additional boards
> >> *small:* only 50mm*19mm / 1.97in*0.75in
> >> *cheap:* $5 to build at home
> >
> >
> >
> > They need to sell 50 in order to get bulk pricing on stuff, for $60 (which
> > includes shipping) you get:
> >
> >> 5 boards + all the parts needed for them
> >> 2 RF communications boards (NRF24L01+)
> >> 2 LiPo battery charger ICs
> >> 2 180mAh LiPo batteries
> >> 2 1MB SPI flash ICs
> >> 3 different power regulators (so you can run from a variety of power
> >> sources)
> >> 2 microUSB jacks (the boards themselves will plug into a USB port
> >> directly, the optional jack allows you to instead use a USB cable)
> >
> >
> > I've already ordered a kit, I'm thus spamming you all in the hopes that
> > others will as well and I can get my boards (I have an unhealthy addiction
> > to small inexpensive microcontroller boards)
> > link to order here --> https://github.com/mchck/mchck/wiki/Prototypes
> > Note that this is not a finished product yet -- you'll either need a bit
> > of experience with ARM and microcontroller dev, or be willing to wait to
> > use the boards until they finish all the software and iron out any issues
> > that may arise.
> >

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Patrick Bogen .
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