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mikediv
05-19-2010, 02:35 AM
Guys I also got mine today in the mail WOW that was fast they are very nice boards I am building Boe Bot a new brain I already have a prop Boe Bot a BS2 Boe Bot . I am using one of my boards to build Boe Bot a brain using the Atmeg 168 and a tiny85 Holly got me setup with these
it should be fun

Ken Thank you very much for these I have never seen a company take such good care of there customers We all know you did not have to do this its is very appreciated Thank you
Mike.D
Guys it would be awesome if you shared what you are going to build with your boards?? I would love to know

Post Edited (mikediv) : 5/20/2010 11:48:09 PM GMT

John Abshier
05-19-2010, 02:46 AM
Thanks for doing the grunt work.

John Abshier

Ken Gracey
05-19-2010, 04:54 AM
And our staff is putting them in USPS today, even the ones going to the UK.

Thanks again to Mike!

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Jay B. Harlow
05-19-2010, 04:56 AM
Thank you Mike!

Thank you Ken.

KPR
05-19-2010, 05:06 AM
Yes Mike.. Your efforts are Very appreciated.. As is the generosity of Parallax..

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zappman
05-19-2010, 05:33 AM
Thanks to Mike and Ken for making this happen.

Visit Zappman's Blog at Savage Circuits (http://www.savagecircuits.com/forums/blog.php?120-zappman)

Ttailspin
05-19-2010, 05:37 AM
Indeed, Thanks very much. Mike and Ken

blittled
05-19-2010, 06:09 AM
Thank you Mike and Ken for your time and generosity! It proves that Parallax is an excellent company and the forums are a great community. I'm looking forward to receiving my boards.

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TinkersALot
05-19-2010, 07:07 AM
What blittled said << 1 ( times 2 for the shift left impaired :) )

wjsteele
05-19-2010, 07:25 AM
Thanks to both of you, Mike and Ken!

EDIT: Mine arrived today as well... they're great!!!! Thanks!

Post Edited (wjsteele) : 5/20/2010 11:06:35 PM GMT

Lynn
05-19-2010, 08:35 AM
Many thanks for all your efforts and generosity!!!

Fxc2hh
05-19-2010, 08:38 AM
Mike and Ken,

Thank you very very much.

Chuck

Ding-Batty
05-19-2010, 12:52 PM
Add my thanks to this Official Free Blank Proto Boards Thanks Thread!

TD

Al Booth
05-20-2010, 03:18 AM
Just received my free Blank Proto Boards. They look great. Will these be available for purchase in the future?

Many thanks to Ken, Mike and all of Parallax.

Al

tdlivings
05-21-2010, 12:22 AM
Mine arrived today, 5-20
Thank's Mike and Ken for doing this.

Tom
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Harley
05-21-2010, 03:09 AM
Today USPS delivered my 100320 'free pcbs'. Wow!, three silk-screened front and back. Very, very nice gift.

Is there a drawing that indicates ALL of the connected pads? (I note there are two columns of pads marked Vdd/Vss which are reversed between the left and right halves of the board. And the 2-pin header zones — connect or not the center row of 3 x 6 pads to adjacent groups. Maybe other details?)

Now, to search for those extended height headers/sockets to connect to my Prop Proto Boards. I've seen them somewhere in the past.

Thank you Parallax, Ken and all those involved with providing this bounty. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/yeah.gif

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Harley Shanko

Propability
05-21-2010, 04:49 AM
Thank you Mike and Ken.

Got mine today and really appreciate what Parallax does and what they come up with.

Will this thread maybe used for posting what we have done with the boards?

Again Thanks

Pete

Whit
05-21-2010, 05:08 AM
Mike and Ken - Thanks - I got mine today (5/20/10)·too!

Whit+

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Brian Riley
05-21-2010, 06:19 AM
Mine arrived as well

tnx to Mike and Ken ...


cheers ... BBR

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zappman
05-21-2010, 06:19 AM
Thank you Mike, Ken and Parallax.

Boards arrived today 5/20/2010.

I hope to put them to use on the Robot I am planing to build.

Visit Zappman's Blog at Savage Circuits (http://www.savagecircuits.com/forums/blog.php?120-zappman)

Ttailspin
05-21-2010, 06:48 AM
Very, Very, Nice Boards.. Thank You much.

Dropped $13.50 on Pin Headers and Sockets,, and a brand new Serial Cable...Sigh...How many of those did I
Throw out or give away over the years?? lol..

I want to Populate one of the Boards like the Robot Control Board, that looks like it would be Usefull,
The other two will be dedicated to My Low Earth Orbiter Project...

Anyway, look forward to seeing some really cool projects.

Thanks again.

Fxc2hh
05-21-2010, 06:59 AM
I got the envelope in the mail today (5-20) and they are the nicest boards I've seen.

Parallax, thank you once again.

K2
05-21-2010, 07:02 AM
What great boards! Thanks Ken, for your generosity, and thanks Mike for volunteering so quickly to collect the names.

The first board is being used in a prototype fuel injection system for small engines - a chipper/shredder motor being the first victim.

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wastehl
05-24-2010, 12:22 PM
Great boards, many thanks to all concerned. Sometimes I think that Parallax spoils us and we start to expect this kind of treatment from other suppliers, not likely to happen anytime soon...

Thanks again, Bill

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Ken Gracey
05-24-2010, 12:53 PM
It's no big deal, but you're welcome.

I'll have a batch (400 units) or so of Penguins next. They program just fine, but you'll need to make a jumper/resistor mod to make the external reset work without a serial cable. These are being kitted right now. I guess most companies wouldn't let a non-saleable product out to the customer base, but there's no good reason to send this hardware to the recycler when it only needs a minor repair.

Maybe you could put a Prop on these birds.

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Harley
05-24-2010, 01:44 PM
What's a (non-fowl) Penguin? A search on Parallax's site didn't show anything.

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Harley Shanko

Microcontrolled
05-24-2010, 06:53 PM
$200.

P.S. I'll take a penguin. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

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KPR
05-24-2010, 10:17 PM
I'm with microcontrolled..

I love stuff like that.. almost working or not..

k.

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curt66140
05-24-2010, 10:46 PM
Just wanted to add my thanks to Mike and Ken for the boards, just got back from a weekend at a vintage sportscar race so I'm a little late, thanks again. One of the boards will be used on my Toddler which I just converted over to a Protoboard.

RobotWorkshop
05-24-2010, 10:56 PM
I just received a set of these Protoboards too. Thanks to both Ken and Mike for these. If all goes well at least one of them will be on a project I'm bringing to UPENE.

Robert

Jay B. Harlow
05-25-2010, 12:18 AM
@Ken
I'll take a penguins; I'm sure my 8 year old & 15 year old would get a kick out of it!

Its nice to see you offer things up! At our astronomy club a telescope dealer was telling us how he was told to destroy old, yet usable, telescopes rather then liquidate or even recycle them.

Jay

Jay B. Harlow
05-25-2010, 12:22 AM
Harley said...
What's a (non-fowl) Penguin? A search on Parallax's site didn't show anything.


http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/AllRobots/tabid/128/CategoryID/3/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/438/Default.aspx

There were also Blue, Clear, and Red ones. Look under the discountinued tab of the store.

Jay

Mike Huselton
05-25-2010, 12:57 AM
What are we discussing? A prototype circuit board?

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Harley
05-25-2010, 03:50 AM
@ Ken. Surely these will go for less than the previous ~$200 price. If low enough, put me in for ONE Penquin. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/yeah.gif

@ Jay, Thanks for the link to then Pequins. And a choice of color too, originaly. Wonder if there is still a choice?

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WBA Consulting
05-25-2010, 04:21 AM
I assume that Ken is talking about Penguin PCBs, not the whole Penguin. Anyhow, would love to have one of those boards as well.

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Jay B. Harlow
05-25-2010, 04:40 AM
WBA Consulting said...
I assume that Ken is talking about Penguin PCBs, not the whole Penguin. Anyhow, would love to have one of those boards as well.


OK, that makes more sense. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/blush.gif

Either way two of my kids would love a Penguin. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Jay

Mike Huselton
05-25-2010, 05:35 AM
Again, I ask, what are we discussing?

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hover1
05-25-2010, 05:43 AM
@ Mike
I guess because all the blank Prototype Boards have gone, this has turned into "what other stuff is Parallax going to blow out". Ken started it with the Penguins.

My guess is they are not going to be free. Heck, all the mechanics are good, and it only takes two components to fix it! Maybe 4- to 50% off? No warranty, no returns. Or they will go on Parallax's ebay site and go to the highest bidder. Same disclaimer. No warranty, no returns.

Jim

pacman
05-25-2010, 03:58 PM
On the original topic,

Got my boards today - Way down here in OZ.

Just wanted to say - HUGE thanks to Ken and Mike.

I don't know of many companies that would go the extra mile for customers. You guys ROCK.

Again THANKS.

Paul

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KPR
05-27-2010, 09:29 PM
I got my boards too.. Toronto, Canada ... Yeah!!

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kf4ixm
05-27-2010, 09:35 PM
Thanks Ken and Mike, i got my boards this weekend and will be put to good use! I'd like to score one of the penguins also, sounds like fun to tinker with!

Maxwin
05-27-2010, 10:12 PM
Got mine today too..... hooraah! Thank you indeed Ken & Mike.

The Pengiun controller also sounds very exciting. Hopefully some might be able to flap their way across the atlantic!! That would be great to work on with my son. I could introduce him to robotics, and at the same time "justify" some further investment in parts for my own Propeller projects... a double whammy!!

mikediv
05-28-2010, 01:50 AM
Oh you area ll welcome.. K2 that is awesome I would love to see that project . I am hoping others will jump in and share what they build with these boards sort of are own "free blank proto board" project share post,,LOL

To be honest I am trying to think up something worthy of sharing with everyone I have so many MCU,s I do love the prop its the easiest chip I have ever seen and I mean that but there are a lot of prop projects I have been learning the BS2
and Holly got me into looking at the Tiny Atmel chips . but it would have to be something really cool . we already have the prop scope and lots of servo control boards and I could never compete with Rayman when it comes to displays
I am open for suggestions.. The one thought I had was I really need a freq meter in MHz-Ghz I might look into that but I want it to be affordable and not use exotic parts I think back a bit Chris or Ken did a Prop Spectrum Analyzer that would be very cool as well.
K2 what will use the fuel injection system on can we have details? I have an old Polaris snowmobile fuel injection system complete except the injectors its yours if you want it

kf4ixm
05-28-2010, 06:28 AM
@mikediv
i would love to see a freq counter project in the Ghz range. that sounds cool and very useful!

hover1
05-28-2010, 09:37 AM
Ghz not going to happen on the Prop. 20 Mhz is propably the tops given the spec on the PropScope.
Jim

kf4ixm said...
@mikediv
i would love to see a freq counter project in the Ghz range.

Post Edited (hover1) : 5/28/2010 2:03:05 AM GMT

BradC
05-28-2010, 10:20 AM
hover1 said...
Ghz not going to happen on the Prop. 20 Mhz is propably the tops given the spec on the PropScope.



The PropScope is sampling 10 bit analogue values at 25Mhz. With use of the counters I'm sure it's possible to do a freq counter to at least 80Mhz. With an external prescaler (A binary counter would do it) you could do fast multiples of that.

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hover1
06-10-2010, 12:52 AM
After getting my Proto Boards late, I just got around to look at was is going on with the traces on the board. I went ahead and made a couple of good scans that I will share. It is easy to open them up in Photoshop and zoom in othe the areas in question. I also enhanced them a bit to bring out the traces a little.

I don't know if anyone else has discovered what the two pads are between the servo header. I though they might be for some caps between the power rails, but they are used to cascade VCC VDD to the next group, since VCC VDD is feed to the outer most servo groups by default.

How these scans can be of some use. My eyes ain't what they used to be!

Jim

Post Edited (hover1) : 6/9/2010 8:39:12 PM GMT

hover1
06-10-2010, 04:36 AM
I guess with the announment of the new Proto Board being released, along with a nice .GIF to go along with it, my .PNG's are not too relavent.

·http://www.parallax.com/Store/Accessories/Hardware/tabid/162/ProductID/682/List/0/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName

Corrected the VCC to VDD in my last post.

Good job Parallax for making a quality board for a great price!

Jim

Post Edited (hover1) : 6/9/2010 8:41:32 PM GMT

Bean
06-10-2010, 04:45 AM
BradC said...

hover1 said...
Ghz not going to happen on the Prop. 20 Mhz is propably the tops given the spec on the PropScope.



The PropScope is sampling 10 bit analogue values at 25Mhz. With use of the counters I'm sure it's possible to do a freq counter to at least 80Mhz. With an external prescaler (A binary counter would do it) you could do fast multiples of that.


BradC,
· Do you know of any prescalers that can accept a 1GHz input ? That goes down to low frequencies too ?

· A divide by 256 would probably work good. 1Ghz in, 3.9MHz out.

· I might be up to the challenge of a 1Ghz frequency counter.

Bean.
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Post Edited (Bean) : 6/9/2010 9:02:56 PM GMT

BradC
06-10-2010, 04:10 PM
Bean said...

BradC said...




hover1 said...

Ghz not going to happen on the Prop. 20 Mhz is propably the tops given the spec on the PropScope.




The PropScope is sampling 10 bit analogue values at 25Mhz. With use of the counters I'm sure it's possible to do a freq counter to at least 80Mhz. With an external prescaler (A binary counter would do it) you could do fast multiples of that.


BradC,
Do you know of any prescalers that can accept a 1GHz input ? That goes down to low frequencies too ?



A divide by 256 would probably work good. 1Ghz in, 3.9MHz out.


Not off the top of my head, no. I thought it would be easy enough to look at some of the HCT 74 series binary counters and go from there. My idea was to take something like an 8 bit binary counter and squirt all 8 inputs directly into 8 prop pins, you could then pick your prescale value by the pin you chose to monitor.

I've just picked up some nice test gear, including a Tek SG503 250Khz-250Mhz leveled sine wave generator, so I intended to have a bit of a play with this idea over the next couple of weeks (time permitting).

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10 seconds of google-foo brought up a nice, versatile prescaling front end design good for in excess of 2.5Ghz. With some modification to the main prescaler to make it variable ratio it could be extremely versatile. More than just an 8 bit counter though.

On the slower and cheaper end, a 74VHC4040 will do 210Mhz.
www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_107676/article.html (http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_107676/article.html)

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Post Edited (BradC) : 6/10/2010 8:28:29 AM GMT

BradC
06-10-2010, 04:27 PM
I tried to edit my last post, but the forum software threw a wobbly.. so anyway :

10 seconds of google-foo brought up a nice, versatile prescaling front end design good for in excess of 2.5Ghz. With some modification to the main prescaler to make it variable ratio it could be extremely versatile. More than just an 8 bit counter though.

On the slower and cheaper end, a 74VHC4040 will do 210Mhz.

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I just noticed the url I had in there is not there! Not much good talking about a prescaler if you don't know what it is.
www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_107676/article.html (http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_107676/article.html)

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Post Edited (BradC) : 6/12/2010 6:54:58 AM GMT

Sapieha
06-11-2010, 06:34 AM
Hi Bean.

Look on that 2 IC's.

PB1509GV - 1G divided by /2/4/8
PB1502GR - 2G divided by /64/128


Regards

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rpdb
06-12-2010, 01:18 PM
Oh wow Ken,

Thank you so much.

rpdb