WiFi DipCortex – An embedded WiFi module to power your next product

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.

WiFi DipCortex CC3000MOD

WiFi-DipCortex

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DipCortex – GPIO Intro Video and Guide

To help get you up and running and writing your own code for the DipCortex we have started our own GitHub repository, written a guide and uploaded a video.


Be sure to view at 720p so you can read the code!

This video takes you through the setup procedure, importing our codebase from GitHub, running through the code. Building it and boot-loading the bin file over the USB connection.

These guides are applicable for both the DipCortex’s and the up coming SolderBridges that use the same processors. We hope they are useful, if you have a preference for the subject of the next guide let us know!

LAByrinth – UK MakerFaire Newcastle

Just a few days to go before the UK MakerFaire, which we have been invited to, If you’re in the area, please come, checkout our stand and play the LAByrinth.

UK-MMF

Our last Mini MakerFaire in Bristol was a big success, we met lots of people and saw some amazing exhibits from other makers. It was great to see kids play the LAByrinth and ask about how it all works hopefully inspiring them to make things!

SolderSplash Bristol MiniMakerFaire

DipCortex – ARM Cortex in a Dip Package with USB

This week we have been playing with another new product, the DipCortex. It’s an ARM Cortex M3/M0 in a 40 pin dip package and USB socket. It has two versions a NXP LPC1347 M3 and a LPC11U24 M0, the pin out roughly follows a certain range of 40pin 8bit micros.

DipCortex - Blank PCB

DipCortex – Blank PCB

It’s perfect for quickly prototyping a product on a bread board. Both have USB peripherals and a USB stack in ROM saving flash space. Updating the code can be performed by plugging it into the computer, holding both buttons and then releasing the reset button. A mass storage device then appears and firmware can be drag and dropped on to this drive. Press reset and the new code is executed. Have a look at the product page for more info.

DipCortex

DipCortex – 40 Pin ARM Cortex M3/M0

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