Today was a good day, our long-awaited DipCortex’s have arrived! We are busy testing the batch and running each one through our test rig to check every function works as required. To make them a bit easier to tell apart each has a different PCB colour. Red for the WiFi DipCortex, blue for the DipCortex M3 and green for the DipCortex M0. For those of you that have pre-ordered you will be getting an email inviting you to complete your purchase very soon.
Update : All pre-orders received before the 26th Oct should have an email inviting them to complete their order
Here is a quick video showing the current firmware for the WiFi DipCortex using the CC3000, It demonstrates connecting to an access point, resolving and pinging a hostname. Communicating over UDP to a PC and using smart config to configure the access point the WiFi DipCortex should connect too.
This firmware will be delivered with your WiFi DipCortex letting you (and us) test it out before you start having fun customising it for your application or writing your own code.
More exciting news, ARM have added support for our DipCortex platform to their mbed online compiler.
The ARM mbed team contacted us a month ago to talk about our DipCortex range with a view to expanding the mbed platform to support it. We got them a few of our prototype DipCortex’s and today they enabled it.
The big difference between mbed and other IDEs is that the compiler is online, you use it via your browser and your projects live in the cloud. This also has the advantage of there being many library’s for existing devices that shouldn’t require too many changes to get working, if any.
From today mbed users can now select which platform to build their code against, build the project which downloads a .bin file. This can then be dragged and dropped on to a DipCortex in boot mode.
Our next challenge is to port the CC3000 stack we have working with LPCxpresso to mbed. Stay tuned for more updates!
For the past few weeks we have been overwhelmed with interest in our DipCortex range, to satisfy this we have searched for the best UK-based assembly company with the capabilities to produce our DipCortex modules in volume. We will be placing the order with our selected manufacturer next week.
To ensure that people who are most interested get them first we are operating a pre-order system. Starting today you can secure a DipCortex for just £1. You are free to pre-order multiple boards if you like as well. You will receive an email with a link to our shop as soon as the boards are ready, letting you complete the purchase for your selected DipCortex. Estimated delivery time is currently 6 weeks.
The boards will go on sale priced at :
DipCortex M0 – £18 (£19 with header pins soldered)
DipCortex M3 – £22 (£23 with header pins soldered)
WiFi DipCortex – £35 (£36 with header pins soldered)
Your £1 will be deducted from this price. Shipping will be based upon your location and international shipping will be available. In the UK we charge the standard special delivery rate or uninsured first class post.
The last few weeks have been a bit crazy, in a good way!
On Friday our work was noticed by Smarta and O2, who in partnership award small companies for their achievements. We won their SmartBiz award, having recognition from them is a big deal for us! We are very proud of our achievement.
You can find their announcement here. Lets hope this is the first of many!
Also Brighton Mini Maker Faire have just confirmed that we have been accepted for a stand at the show in September. Where we will show off our Marble LAByrinth demo and WiFi Dipcortex, come along and say hello!
Finally, we have received a lot of interest in our WiFi DipCortex module. Both from large companies and fellow makers. The main questions are power, price and availability.
We want to get the WiFi DipCortex in your hands as soon as we can so you all can start to play with it, the next step will be a pre-order which will run for a short period of time. Once we have enough pre-orders we will press the button and get them produced. We shall announce pricing of the module once the pre-order is ready to go. Power consumption figures and more info will follow shortly.
Until then please keep submitting your interest!
WiFi is something we have wanted to do for a long time, but there are a lot of technical and regulatory challenges around it. If you’re running an OS on an embedded PC like the Raspberry PI, WiFi is simple, you buy a cheap dongle and the intelligence is in the driver.
For a low power embedded project where you’re not running an OS it gets a lot harder and that means it’s expensive. So the only real option is to use a WiFi module and these are normally expensive.
A few months ago, whilst designing the DipCortex, we identified a module that is low cost and comes with FCC, IC & ETSI certification, saving huge costs assocaited with getting radio equipment through testing. The goal was to squeeze this module, the TI CC3000MOD, on to a board the same size as the DipCortex which was a massive challenge, as the DipCortex is sized to replace a 40pin DIP package.