I hope I have the correct forum. I was considering buying the FEZ Ultimate Kit which has a Panda II and a Fez Touch for a hobby project I want to pursue.
I have an MSP430 based data acquisition board that can communicate over serial port. I would like to get that serial port signal on a .NET micro framework board and display the results on a screen. I was thinking that perhaps the FEZ Panda II and FEZ touch would do the trick but can’t be sure. I’m not really a hardware guy, so I need a little help. The specs for the FEZ Panda II mention serial but I sure don’t see a serial port on it. I was hoping I could just run a serial (RS232) cable between the MSP430 board and the micro framework board. Would the FEZ Panda II do this or is it some other type of serial connection?
I’m not sure if the FEZ touch does everything I need. I need to display voltage versus time on the screen, but only about 300 data points. I also need to show the current voltage and a few other statistics. Nice to have would be some icons such as up/down arrows, warnings, etc. I’ve already done all this as a WPF app running on a PC that talks to my MSP430 board via serial. Hence the interest in .NET micro framework. The docs for the FEZ Touch have a warning about not displaying jpg or gif so perhaps I can’t display icons? Can someone expand on the FEZ Touch limitations?
If the equipment I have picked is not appropriate, perhaps you could point me to a better alternative. And perhaps there is a board that has the GUI already on it? One option I was looking at is the MicroLCD from sytechdesigns
Perhaps you could briefly say what the pros/cons of the FEZ system are?
Thank you very much for your time,