GHI Electronics is partnering up with CSA Engineering and Oberon Microsystems

GHI Electronics is excited to announce its partnership with CSA Engineering and Oberon Microsystems on manufacturing and distributing their Mountaineer mainboards. We are trying our best to push these exciting mainboards through production soon. Expect availability comes in few short weeks.

Mountaineer group announcement
Switzerland and Michigan, USA. The Mountaineer Group announces that GHI Electronics will be their preferred partner for the distribution, support, and production of the .NET Gadgeteer mainboards designed by Mountaineer. Thanks to GHI’s efficient production facilities and established distribution network, the high-quality Mountaineer Platform will become available to a far larger audience than the medium to large enterprises and government organizations that the Mountaineer Group usually serves.

Details and brochures for the Mountaineer mainboards are found at

Nice two new boards! Congratulations!

Is the Eth board POE capable?


Just read the spec - no POE.

Congrats to GHI, Oberon, CSA et all.
Excellent work and wishes for all success.

… I also need to be cheeky here and wish that this is the last “new” board on the STM32Fx, I would rather see new chips, variants or architectures ! … nothing personal … just me making some noise :slight_smile:

I, on the other hand, would like to see fewer different chips. That way, efforts and progress could be concentrated.

The STM32 is a good choice, because it’s VERY widely available, powerful, and available in a vast number of packages and configurations, all of which are compatible software-wise and hardware-wise inside their own families.

About the only thing it doesn’t have is an onboard LCD controller.

In theory, I would also like to see NETMF support for more processor architectures, cores, and microcontroller families. In practice, however, producing a high-quality (i.e., correct, robust, maintainable) NETMF port to another microcontroller family, let alone to another core, let alone to another processor architecture, is a [em]huge[/em] amount of non-trivial work. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Porting NETMF from one board to another within the same microcontroller family is a piece of cake in comparison, often a matter of mere hours.

We knew we would not be able to support more than one microcontroller family. So, after learning the ropes by doing a Samsung ARM9 port, we looked for a Cortex-M family, as the microcontroller architecture most likely to provide long-term investment protection. In the end, we pragmatically selected the product family that a large customer had chosen, after doing their own evaluation. This is the STM32, and for us was the start of [em]NETMF for STM32[/em]. So far we are very happy with this choice.

I think it really makes sense to focus, rather than to dabble with many different choices and risk to get none of them right. For this reason I hope to see many more products based on STM32…


[em]Mountaineer Group[/em]

Amen! I rather see one stable port instead of 10 bad ports. It took us months or years to make our port perfect on emx.

Exciting news. Congrats to all!

I agree. Let’s perfect a chipset implementation before moving on to another. Just today I had to explain to someone who posted to my blog complaining about Hydra ethernet support vs. Spider ethernet support…

Hydra Ethernet will be perfect very very soon. We have been too busy with 4.2 release.

Sounds like GHI is become the hub of the .Net MF. Good job guys!

Just reading through the Mountaineer page and came across this:

I’m still not up to speed on Gadgeteer, so pardon my basic question:

Am I correct in assuming that one power this without a SP/DP module - by just using the USB port?

What if I wanted to run it off of a wall wart, would I use the Z and SP/DP module?


It’s exciting that more and more vendors are coming on board, pardon the pun. :smiley:

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Yes from USB, according to specification

However each socket is capable of supplying power.

This is great because people asked about this kind of aproach (some modules integrated with the mainboard). GHI took the oficial Gadgeteer way with all modules separated from the mainboard saying this makes it easy to e.g. change power supply. This way we will see if people want the mainboard to be more flexible or more easy.

Just my opinion:

GHI’s approach makes sense, as it allows for more options and flexibility (and it follows the spec more closely apparently)

Mountaineer’s approach makes sense, as it potentially reduces cost.

The consumer can pick what suits them the best - and that’s a mighty win, imo.

[quote]GHI’s approach makes sense, as it allows for more options and flexibility (and it follows the spec more closely apparently)

Mountaineer’s approach makes sense, as it potentially reduces cost.[/quote]
That’s exactly as I see it. The “pure atomic” approach optimizes flexibility, the “higher integration” approach optimizes space and cost. Which approach is better-suited depends on the application.

I agree with you both. It’s great to have both options available.