GHI Electronics is proudly contributing to the open-source-hardware community and .NET Gadgeteer community. We have released the complete sources for numerous Gadgeteer modules and for FEZ Hydra, which is the first 100% open-source .NET Gadgeteer mainboard. Armed with a 240Mhz ARM9 processor, FEZ Hydra is a powerful solution that’s even capable of running 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.
At only $79.95 for the mainboard and $99.95 for the starter kit, FEZ Hydra is a compelling solution at an affordable price.
A $500 coupon for running Linux on FEZ Hydra: http://tinyclr.com/forum/21/4930
A $250 coupon + free FEZ Hydra contest: http://tinyclr.com/forum/21/4680/
FEZ Hydra product page: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/328
For more information about .NET Gadgeteer visit: http://www.netmf.com/gadgeteer/
Design sources and porting info: GHI Electronics – Where Hardware Meets Software
I am curious about something with this board.
Corect me if i am wrong, but it seems to me that i buy this board and in order for me to use things on it i have to write the drivers for it or hope someone else did ?
Unlike the EMX board where GHI wrote much of the interfacing for it, this one seems to me that its up to the comunity to write things?
[quote]Corect me if i am wrong, but it seems to me that i buy this board and in order for me to use things on it i have to write the drivers for it or hope someone else did ?
Drivers for all compatible gadgeteer modules are already written and tested. See modules here http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/275/
Yes this is 100% open-source offer but GHI is completely backing it up with support and quality.
Thanks, but i am still confused on some things.
When you go to FeZ Hydra page: [url]http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/328[/url] and then go to downloads there is just a skiz there. Where is all the software like when you go to the EMX module page. [url]http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/128[/url]
Also, will you be adding the Ethernet module to the Hydra kit when its completed ? I would far rather see Ethernet as an option than a joystick.
Oh I see where the confusion came from. We updated the “downloads” on both pages to point to Support – GHI Electronics