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Ken Gracey
11-21-2006, 12:25 AM
Dear Customers,

Parallax has·designed a prototype of a new 24-pin module we are calling the Spin Stamp 24 (#SS1-IC). The intent of this module is to·put the power of a Propeller in·a BASIC Stamp socket. Several significant architectural design issues·had to be·addressed·in the design of·this prototype to make this possible, such as using a Prop Clip for programming,·maintaining the 3.3V interface (requires 1K resistors on the inputs when used in 5V BASIC Stamp circuits), and·making module pins 1, 2, and 3 serial port pins (but not for programming).·This module has been used·on a Boe-Bot and in other projects designed for the BASIC Stamp.

Parallax is forming an alpha test group to evaluate the module. We are interested in functional feedback, experiences, applications, and your general user experience. Technical analysis·of any sort would also be appreciated.

The·Spin Stamp 24 Alpha Test group·will consist of 20 testers.·This is the procedure and schedule for the Spin Stamp 24 Alpha test:
Request to be part of the Spin Stamp 24 Alpha Test Group by sending an e-mail to me at kgracey@parallax.com (mailto:kgracey@parallax.com). Briefly·cover your Propeller and BASIC Stamp experience in this message.·For different reasons we will accept varying levels of experience with·each product line.·We will notify you within one week if you have been accepted. Please wait for the reply from me - it will take some time with the holiday this week.·The most important request from this group is that we provide input to Parallax.· Parallax will ship you a Spin Stamp 24, PropPlug, USB cable, datasheet, and Board of Education for using the module. Completion date for sending hardware is December 15th. You will provide me with your forum screen name, which I will use to add you to the Spin Stamp 24·Alpha Test Private·forum. We will monitor the forum for 30 days and answer questions along the way. At the end of the test (mid January) we will collect and use all feedback for internal purposes.
We appreciate this kind of·assistance from our customers.

Sincerely,

Ken Gracey
Parallax, Inc.




Post Edited (Ken Gracey (Parallax)) : 11/20/2006 7:47:01 PM GMT

allanlane5
11-21-2006, 02:36 AM
Brilliant! I'd suggest calling it the SS2 (SpinStamp2) to go along with BS2 (BasicStamp2), since it fits the BS2 form-factor. Those who say "But, there's no SS1!" could be told that the original Propellor is considered the SS1. After all, the BS2 is not pin-compatible with the BS1, either.

Quite frankly, I think this really is a brilliant move -- packaging the Propellor into the 24-pin BS2 footprint will allow leveraging LOTS of existing hardware.

Ken Gracey
11-21-2006, 02:46 AM
Allan,

Will do. Good suggestion.

- Ken

Guido
11-21-2006, 05:49 AM
Ken,

Being a Newbee, is the Prop Clip Programming the base of this New Stamp? Or will it be able to use PBasic?

Thanks

Guido

Ken Gracey
11-21-2006, 05:51 AM
Guido,

PropClip connects to the Spin Stamp 24's PCB edge for programming. Spin Stamp 24 won't run PBASIC, but the Propeller's Spin language (and ASM) as programmed from the Propeller IDE.

Ken Gracey
Parallax, Inc.

terahertz
11-21-2006, 06:35 AM
Email sent, I've been a beta tester a few times but never an alpha tester http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/cool.gif

SailerMan
01-02-2007, 11:02 PM
Ken,

I sent you a PM about this.

Regards,
Eric

crgwbr
03-09-2007, 06:24 AM
dang, guess I missed this one. Any Idea when the beta tests are planned?

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Capt. Quirk
03-09-2007, 02:47 PM
ARRGHH

Your're Messing with my Mind, lol

Post Edited (Capt. Quirk) : 3/9/2007 7:52:44 AM GMT