Here at GHI Electronics, we focus on commercial products, but we have always enjoyed sharing our passion for electronics with the maker community – primarily through our FEZ (Fast and Easy) product line. Our first FEZ was the FEZ Domino released in 2009 – nearly ten years ago!
Today we are very excited to announce our rule-them-all board: the FEZ! It’s under $10!! And we have a Wi-Fi option too!
How is FEZ Different?
At first glance, the FEZ looks like any other duino-compatible board. This allows you to utilize the hundreds of shields available in the duino ecosystem. But what makes FEZ different is that it is backed by our TinyCLR OS. You will get modern development, debugging, libraries, and the .NET C#/Visual Basic languages you all know and love.
But what if I want to use MicroPython, Arduino, Mbed, or something else?
Go for it! We will even show you how! The FEZ is completely open for you to load your favorite software. The very popular STM32F401 chip is already supported by all the common platforms. We welcome any contributions to expand the support to new platforms.
Why do we say rule-them-all?
At under $10 with support for almost every software platform out there, including being the main reference board for TinyCLR OS, the FEZ is the answer regardless of your software choice. All this without breaking the bank.
What kind of software support does FEZ have?
FEZ is the GHI Electronics reference for porting the TinyCLR OS. It is a stable commercially supported port of TinyCLR OS. The other platforms are community supported through our forums. The documentation system behind them is hosted on our GitHub and we welcome community contributions.
What about the Wi-Fi option?
We also offer the FEZ with a Wi-Fi option for under $25. Our TinyCLR OS software support includes everything you need for your next IoT project. FEZ has been tested with from simple HTTP requests all the way up to Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.
Is JTAG available?
Not to worry! We have exposed the SWD pins to connect your favorite tools, including ST-Link.
FEZ Product Page: https://www.ghielectronics.com/products/fez