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Introducing FEZ Hydra and other 100% open-source .NET Gadgeteer Offers


#1

GHI Electronics is proudly contributing to the open-source-hardware community and .NET Gadgeteer community. We have released the complete sources for over ten modules and are still adding more. Also, we are introducing FEZ Hydra, the first 100% open-source .NET Gadgeteer mainboard. FEZ Hydra is a powerful 240Mhz ARM9 hardware, enough to even run Linux!

What’s special about the NETMF/Gadgeteer board is that its firmware is compiled with open-source GCC compiler. Which means the community is able to modify and contribute easily. The board is also designed in EAGLE, a low-cost professional PCB design software commonly used with open-source hardware.

An economical price is one of the main goals for FEZ Hydra. It is priced at only $79.95, with a starter kit, for only $99.

FEZ Hydra is currently only offered to community contributors. If you have experience with NETMF Porting Kit, please contact GHI Electronics http://www.ghielectronics.com/contact/. Preorders starts in December 2011. All design files and source code files will be available in December 2011 as well.

More details on FEZ Hydra are found at http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/328
For more information about .NET Gadgeteer visit: http://www.netmf.com/gadgeteer/


#2

one word: AWESOME


#3

Can you guys please add it to the comparison table? May be a new tab for gadgeteer FEZes.


#4

Very nice!


#5

Please forgive my open source naivety…

Does this mean that all of the source for Hydra port will be avail?


#6

Yes, every bit of its firmware will be open


#7

@ GHI you’re trying to make me go broke this year aren’t you? As if getting engaged wasn’t enough I have to buy 300 pieces of new kit every week. (Slight exaggeration there, but only slight). :stuck_out_tongue:


#8

This is really awesome. Not only that it is OSS/OSH and a good clock speed, but $79 seems like a nice price point for that as well. Congratulations, guys!

Pete


#9

I can haz more hourz in mah dayz, so’s I can play wit all da greatz hardwearz, plz?

:wink:


#10

What exactly does this mean? We (contributing members) can order before general release, or just that a few regulars got a gift?

[edit] ‘fine print’ at the bottom indicates the former. Thanks Gus!


#11

Read the rest of the text on that page :slight_smile:

Note that the comment is for ransomhall not Andre


#12

Here’s a quick & dirty comparison of the features. Some formatting didn’t post well but I’ll fix that later. Feel free to add/correct anything I missed.

http://blog.ianlee.info/2011/11/fez-hydra-announced.html


#13

No USB host support? I was hoping that was a typo but it seems true. Bummer. :frowning:


#14

@ ianlee74 I didn’t dig into details but it is USB 2.0 on both but hydra is HS 480mbps and spider is FS at 12mbps

The 1.5mbps is used on slow HID devices normally.


#15

@ andre.marschalek my reply was for ransomhall’s question not yours, sorry about the confusion :slight_smile:


#16

Not all users need Ethernet. This kit has the essential modules that you probably use in every project.


#17

Any thoughts of separating the module bundles from the mainboards?


#18

I think the magic words with Hydra are “Gadgeteer”, “Open Source” , “OSH”

“Everything can not have Everything” :wink: - you know what I mean ?


#19

In one of the threads Gus mentioned that there are two new main modules. Even if counting Hydra that means there is at least another one in the oven. ;D


#20

[quote]all that brings me to the question if you plan another mainboard without this negative points

or is gadgeteer the wrong base and chipworx the better board for the future?[/quote]

If you just wait a little be more. 8) It is GHI that you are dealing with. We try our best to listen to you guys.