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Chad George
07-21-2009, 01:25 AM
I was pricing out a new project and noticed a drop from $12 to $8.

33% cheaper ... way to go Parallax!!!

This makes using the propeller in just about any project a lot easier to justify ... and conversely makes using a slightly cheaper conventional micro a lot less likely to happen.

At least for me.

mctrivia
07-21-2009, 07:03 AM
This happened April 1st but yes is very nice

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propmod_us and propmod_1x1 are in stock. Only $30 (http://propmodule.com/?x=products). PCB available for $5

Want to make projects and have Gadget Gangster sell them for you? propmod-us_ps_sd (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/160) and propmod-1x1 (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/161) are now available for use in your Gadget Gangster Projects.

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SamMishal
07-21-2009, 11:36 AM
Hi Chad,

Since the propeller is 8 processors in one then at $8 that makes it about $2 per processor.
That in my book is WORTH IT......but even more importantly is the fact that if you actually
had 8 processors and you wanted to communicate them you would have a HARD time and a
SLOW process. With the propeller the fact that the 8 cogs can share RAM and can communicate
via common memory with EASY contention resolution is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL aspect of the propeller.

I see a lot of people on this forum RIGHTLY raving about the Keyboard, TV, VGA etc abilities
which is almost impossible to parallel with MOST other processor. However, what makes the
propeller stand out way above any processor I have ever seen or used is the Parallel Processing ability.

Sam

Philldapill
07-21-2009, 12:05 PM
Sam, I'm just doing some number crunching here, and it's looking more like $1 per processor. I could be wrong. The keys on calculator.exe are a little sticky sometimes. Just kidding - we all make typos. :D

On a serious note, comparing even some of the simpliest 8-bit pics to ONE of the processors in the Propeller... Each processor in the Propeller is cheaper, and generally more powerful. I'd like to see a SINGLE 32-bit processor for $1 or less.

Consider the Propeller "buying in bulk" when it comes to processors.

Nick Mueller
07-21-2009, 01:41 PM
You guys do have some funny maths! http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
Forgot to add the EEPROM, the ADC/DAC, subtract one COG for serial, one for I2C/SPI ...


Nick

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waltc
07-21-2009, 01:57 PM
If you were Ford you could get a Cortex ARM mcu for about a buck if you bought say 20,000 at a time.

And no one compares 8 bit cpu's with 32 bit ones. Apples and Oranges. It would more accurate to compare a Prop Cog with say a ARM, Coldfire or SH-1 and see how they stack up.

SamMishal
07-21-2009, 02:30 PM
Philldapill said...
Sam, I'm just doing some number crunching here, and it's looking more like $1 per processor. I could be wrong. The keys on calculator.exe are a little sticky sometimes. Just kidding - we all make typos. :D


oops.....my old age is clearly starting to take its toll....those damn numeric keys are just too close to each other
and my fat fingers miss....but also my eyesight is getting even worse and my gray cells are getting even lesser.....so wasting time
double checking my typing is just too much work especially when you do not have many minutes left in your life span.http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/shakehead.gif

$8/8 = $1 I checked my calculator and that is definitely the correct answer.....but I could not type the $ sign....it is a cheap one.http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Thanks for the catch....


Philldapill said...

On a serious note, comparing even some of the simpliest 8-bit pics to ONE of the processors in the Propeller... Each processor in the Propeller is cheaper, and generally more powerful. I'd like to see a SINGLE 32-bit processor for $1 or less.


I agree totally......and also how many have built in Sin/Log/Font tables and video/vga support and 32K RAM????


Aaah.....i forgot to add.....built in support for an HLL that is one of the most beautiful to come out for a micrcontroller...SPIN

Sam


Post Edited (SamMishal) : 7/21/2009 7:41:09 AM GMT

Chad George
07-21-2009, 08:08 PM
If it happened back in April then Digikey ripped me off last month, because I bought 10 @ $12 ... I should look at the parallax store more often :)

mctrivia
07-21-2009, 08:19 PM
ya i have been buying in bulk directly from parallax. digikey was given a months notice before the drop but they still did not drop the price for long time.

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propmod_us and propmod_1x1 are in stock. Only $30 (http://propmodule.com/?x=products). PCB available for $5

Want to make projects and have Gadget Gangster sell them for you? propmod-us_ps_sd (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/160) and propmod-1x1 (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/161) are now available for use in your Gadget Gangster Projects.

Need to upload large images or movies for use in the forum. you can do so at uploader.propmodule.com (http://uploader.propmodule.com) for free.

BigFoot
07-21-2009, 10:51 PM
This is great news, it should save our company over $20K a year. Does anyone know
what the target price for the Propeller II chip will be ?