Getting Started With The DipCortex

DipCortex’s have begun to arrive around the world over the last week we have fulfilled orders going to every continent. So the first question is how do you use it! which means getting your own compiled code on to it. The DipCortex uses a mass storage boot loader (acts like a memory stick) that is built in to the processor. To activate it you hold the boot button while plugging in a USB cable connected to a PC or hold the boot button while resetting it. The DipCortex then appears as a new drive on your PC, to change the firmware delete the firmware.bin, replace it with your own and reset it. Once reset it will then start executing your new code.

DipCortex Mass Storage Boot Loader

Writing code for the first time for a new device has a learning curve, starting off small is a good first step and one of the simplest things you can do with any micro controller is use it’s GPIO. For that we have a guide and a video which will get you up to speed with controlling the GPIO using LPCxpresso. Using mbed is even easier as they add a HAL (hardware abstraction layer) that makes controling any mbed supported platforms GPIO the same, this example shows you how to toggle the LEDs.

Moving on from there we have a growing list of examples on our mbed page which include using the USB connection as a serial port and streaming ADC data to the PC. For those of you with a WiFi DipCortex we have a large demo that shows you how to connect the CC3000 module to a network and implement UDP, TCP, NTP, HTTP Get, HTTP Put and Websocket. I hope to create a few more specific demo’s next to show you how you might create your next internet connected device.

Our forum also has more info, FAQ’s and links to other examples. Also drop us a message and let us know what your making, we will try to help where we can and show off your project on the blog as well.

At the end of the week we hope to release the remaining stock to people who have pre-ordered after the release of the first batch and those that filled in the stock request form. It does look like we will need to order another batch which is very good news!

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2 Responses to “Getting Started With The DipCortex”

  1. Jesse Salazar February 10, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Great work guys, and thank you for what you’ve accomplished thus far.

    Have there been any additional, specific demos created since this post (Nov 2013)? If so, where might we find them?

    Also, I’m wondering how I might be able to utilize the WiFi DipCortex as a wifi replacement for the SplashBase, if interfaced with a relay. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Jesse

    • Carl Matthews February 10, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      @Jesse Salazar:

      Hi,

      Mostly bug fixing and support. We put together an WS2812 demo with code, Next were working on showing internet/network control.

      The WifiDip Could be used to control the relays on the relay board, you will need a source of 12v’s to power the relay coils though. The control lines to the board accept 3.3v signals.

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