Introducing FEZ Cerbuino Bee, an Arduino inspired, .NET Gadgeteer mainboard

If you can’t decide between shields and .NET Gadgeteer modules, then we’d like you to meet FEZ Cerbuino Bee. We’ve taken the powerful Gadgeteer-compatible FEZ Cerberus and combined it with SD, power, USB Host, USB Client and XBee modules. Next, we added Arduino-compatible headers for shields and three Gadgeteer-compatible sockets for modules. Cerbuino Bee also has Xbee headers for ZigBee or WiFi XBee modules.

FEZ Cerbuino Bee’s page:
http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/351

.NET Gadgeteer modules
http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/275/

Just like FEZ Cerb40, FEZ Cerbuino runs the same open-source FEZ Cerberus firmware, which is being developed by companies and community members alike. You are invited to join the project at https://stm32f4.codeplex.com/

Woohoo! The rumors are true! Cerbuino finally makes an official appearance!

BTW - for those following the XBee driver project, we’re very close to releasing a beta. It should be ready by the time these boards ship. For those who may not know, see http://xbee.codeplex.com

Looks awesome, Joe!

Congrats…this one is definitely going on my wish list for my next order.

That is an amazing offer for an arduino-form factor board!

Nice board! I’m wondering if the STM32F4 port already has SD card access. Otherwise I’m willing to work on this one.

Interesting approach on header soldering. Does this make routing easier or is there another reason to solder TH headers that way?

If all pads were soldered on the same side, you could easily bend the header. I hope these are SMD headers with the pins already angled :slight_smile:

I’m sure they’re SMD headers (the FEZ Mini used similar SMD headers, only male instead of female).

The advantage to SMD, of course, is that if you have an SMD production line, they’re very cheap/easy/fast to produce. Otherwise, you end up doing a two-step reflow/wave (probably? otherwise hand-soldering?) process.

Something like these:

http://search.digikey.com/us/en/products/91601-412ALF/609-4414-2-ND/2713716

8)[quote]I’m sure they’re SMD headers (the FEZ Mini used similar SMD headers, only male instead of female).

The advantage to SMD, of course, is that if you have an SMD production line, they’re very cheap/easy/fast to produce. Otherwise, you end up doing a two-step reflow/wave (probably? otherwise hand-soldering?) process[/quote]

You are absolutely right.

Thank you everyone. Your reaction is very encouraging. :slight_smile:

You are who give the value to such product. :slight_smile:

Looks like a fun board! It needs to be dual-listed in the “Arduino Inspired” section of the shop also. Also, the link in the original post doesn’t point to the board. It should be:

http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/351

Thanks for pointing this out. It is fixed.

Pardon the amateurish question, but this isn’t a Gadgeteer board, correct? Just .NETMF board (a la netduino boards). It just has extra sockets on it that one can plug Gadgeteer modules into. But the usage of those modules isn’t as easy as in Gadgeteer!?

Anybody can add Gadgeteer main board “driver” for Cerbuino. That will make it accessible from the Visual Designer as easily as any other mainboard.

It’s a Gadgeteer mainboard with 3 sockets and a bunch of other I/O. The Cerberus is a Gadgeteer mainboard with more sockets and no non-Gadgeteer I/O. The Cerb40 is a non-Gadgeteer mainboard with only other I/O.

All of these boards will run Gadgeteer, as the CPU is the same in all three cases.

This is ‘a la FEZ’.

Using the modules will be Gadgeteer style. The only requirement is that a Mainboard module has to be created for the SDK. This will allow you to drag an drop a Cerbuino mainboard to the design surface.

I am sure that either GHI or one of our many talented members will create this module in the near.

Not “anyone”, GHI will be adding it to the designer fro sure.

So yes it is plug an play, just like any other gadgeteer mainboard.

nevermind

Very Cool…
Congratulation Joe and GHI Team…

Nice!

You guys are great in keeping the new stuff rolling out.