First of all, I want to thank the community for the great feedback that allowed us to bring you this very very exciting new device, FEZ Panda.
What is so special about FEZ Panda? It is very low cost and at the same time it is FEZ, it blows everything else out of the water! You have networking, file system, USB Client, hundreds of libraries…all standard and all supported commercially…GHI doesn’t offer toys, but commercial-quality devices that are so freakin’ easy to use, you can toy with them
So, production samples are in and they look FANTASTIC! You do not believe me? Take a look yourself http://www.tinyclr.com/hardware/16/fez-panda/
Adding on, if all above is still not enough to get you super excited, we have added JTAG to FEZ Panda! So, you can use it to port Micro framework or as a LPC2387 development board.
Still not enough? We have a new ebook for you…yes yes it is free. I am not done with it yet but it gets you pretty far enough. I will try to complete it in the coming weeks. Take a look at what we have so far http://www.tinyclr.com/downloads/Beginners%20Guide%20to%20Porting%20NETMF.pdf
Still not enough, the ebook will include full source code to a port for FEZ Panda…do not waste your time trying to port NETMF, we will give you the whole port! Open source and free!
You maybe asking yourself, how GHI is giving away all this info on porting NETMF, someone could make their own FEZ and compete with GHI! The answer is that, GHI is not selling you NETMF nor is charing much for the huge amount of libraries that we add to NETMF. For example, even if you port NETMF, you sill do not have USB Host nor USB client. Also, you will have to keep working on bug fixing and maintaining the port yourself. If you buy USBizi chipset, which costs also as much as the raw ARM processor, you get everything provided by GHI free of charge. So, if you want to have fun with the porting kit, we are on your side, if you want to use our devices, we are still on your side.
FEZ community, let us have fun and create something amazing together! :dance:
When will FEZ Panda ship?
We have a few in stock that we will figure out how to get them out and to whom. We will also be accepting pre-orders on few days. So you can reserve yours right away.
How much will FEZ Panda cost?
You will not believe your eyes when you see the price! Just do not ask what it is yet
Edit: I forgot to mention other things that are also exciting about FEZ Panda…ready?
- It is Arduino-pinout-compatible so go ahead and use one of the many shields available on this website or anywhere else.
- FEZ Panda has a LOT of IOs… probably more than you will ever need so go ahead and connect all the sensors you have.
- FEZ Panda is based on USBizi chipset which means it includes all GHI’s commercial and exclusive features including networking. So now, with minimal efforts, you can have a web server hosted from FEZ Panda. It is very important to note here is that our networking drivers are written and maintained by networking experts. This is not some random driver, written on the weekend by a hobbyists, like the case is with most hobby-targeted boards. So, go ahead, use networking and let us know if you managed to break it.
- All future added features to USBizi will come to your FEZ Panda at no additional charge. For example, we are researching adding WiFi support. Of course you can now write some drivers yourself but we are looking for a GHI-maintained driver. We do the work, you have fun