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Overview of the PIEP system from E3 Embedded Systems

Overview / Review of the E3 Embedded Systems Processor Independent Embedded Platform PIEP development Kit

Processor Independent Development Has Arrived!

About a year ago, I was contacted by a friend who told me about a company local to my area who I had to meet. After some email exchanges, we agreed to meet at my Makerspace, theClubhou.se, on a warm Saturday morning in September of 2013. When I arrived at theClubhou.se I was greeted by Kevin Huffman and Chad DeMeyers, owners of E3 Embedded Systems.  Along with them was my longtime friend, Chris Williamson, who was consulting on E3’s exciting new development system they were calling the PIEP system. During that first meeting, E3 began shooting portions of their Kickstarter video, and I was filmed while offering my opinion on the system. Below is that video.  [node:read-more:link]


Review: Digilent ChipKIT Uno32 and Max32


Digilent ChipKIT Uno32 and Max32. Pic32 Arduino Compatible

Last week we posted an image of Digilent’s new 100% Arduino Mega Compatible dev board dubbed Max32. Normally a new Arduino board would not be news worthy, but this one is based around a Microchip Pic32 instead of one of Atmel’s AVR Chips. I won’t lie, we have known about this board for a couple of weeks now. In fact Microchip’s PR department contacted us about receiving a sample board along with an invite to attend their official online launch and press conference which was held about 2 hours ago. Keep reading to find out some interesting facts about Digilent’s new MCU boards the MAX32 and Uno32. The Testing Samples [node:read-more:link]


Element14 Roadtest: Texas Instruments MSP430 Launchpad

TI Launchpad

You might remember our original coverage of Texas Instrument's MSP430 LaunchPad back when it was launched. We even hosted a Q and A Session with is development team. We promised more coverage and some hands on examples, but unfortunately we never received our media sample kit and the 4 boards we actually purchased took over 13 weeks to arrive. By then we were wrapped up in Digilent's ChipKIT line of development boards. Recently Element14 asked us to join their list of Media Road Testers, and we gladly accepted! Our first roadtest we were issued was a MSP430 LaunchPad. So sit back and enjoy the blast from the past show!  [node:read-more:link]


Review: Digilent Cerebot MX4 cK

Digilent Cerebot 32MX4 cK review on TheMakersWorkbench

Digilent Inc Logo Cerebot MX4 cK


Last spring Digilent released the chipKIT line of development boards which were the first PIC32 based Arduino compatible development boards. It was no surprise that they were a huge success among the DIY / Maker community. Building off of thes success of the first chipKIT boards; the Uno32 and Max32, Digilent revamped their Cerebot line of PIC32 microcontroller trainer boards. The Cerebot MX3 cK, Cerebot MX4 cK, and Cerebot MX7 cK boards have officially replaced the Cerebot 32MX4 and Cerebot 32MX7 boards. Today we are going to take a quick look at the Cerebot MX4 cK and upload a few sketches from both Digilents Arduino based MPIDE and Microchip's MPLAB X. [node:read-more:link]


Element14 and Freescale's XL-STAR- S08 Development Board.

Element14 Newark STAR-XL-S08 Development Board


Newark Element14 Logo


A few weeks ago we announced on our Facebook Fan Page that we were teaming up with Newark.com to review some of the new products that they carry. After browsing their new products section we noticed a development board branded with Newark's Element14 brand. For those of you who have been living under a rock lately, Element14 is Newark / Farnel's community for DIY electronics enthusiast as well as professional electronic engineers.  Naturally after seeing this board we had to check it out first, so we requested the Element14 STAR-XL-S08 Development Board as our first review item.  [node:read-more:link]