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The future of USBizi and FEZ Panda II


#1

Released in 2009, USBizi was the very first single chip NETMF solution. It was a great challenge due to the limited resources available on micros back then. With a lot of optimization, we got the complete NETMF with file system running nicely on USBizi. Unfortunately, there was not enough resources to add graphics and networking support.

Today, we offer the Cerb-family which is based on the STM32F4 micro, which is 100% open source, the hardware and the software. Customers can now create products using STM32F4 processors and use our software free of any fees or royalties. The software is provided under the Apache2 license, allowing for very flexible use, even for commercial applications. You only need to provide proper attributions.

Starting today, USBizi is a Legacy product. If you are using it in one of your designs, not to worry. We will continue to offer USBizi for months to come. We recommend the use of the G120, or even the G400 modules for future designs, which are a lot more powerful. For simpler applications, we recommend the use of our open source software on STM32F4. In the far future, if we decided not to sell or license USBizi anymore, we may release the binaries as open source.

FEZ Panda II is also legacy and available while supplies last, with possible future orders with minimum quantities. Of course, the FEZ Panda hardware is open source allowing anyone to use USBizi to rebuild more FEZ Panda II. We recommend FEZ Cerbuino instead of FEZ Panda II. FEZ Cerbuino comes in different flavors and, while keeping the arduino-form-factor, it supports .NET Gadgeteer. This allows FEZ Cerbuino to be easily used with the many available modules.

FEZ Cerbuino Bee : https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/351

FEZ Cerbuino Net : https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/473

G120 : https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/373

G400-S : https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/480


#2

FEZ Panda was an instant success with thousands sold everywhere. The second version wad also a great success. I would love to see FEZ Panda III in the future :slight_smile:


#3

Agreed! Especially now, there’s still very much a need for a low-end premium offering.


#4

Do you sell the STM32F4 chip os can i buy this from anywhere and use your software? We are deciding on the chip to use for our product design, of course we want to made it as cheap as possible…

What would be the reason we would choose the G120 over the STM32F4 chip?


#5

Anthonys, this isn’t really relevant to this thread so may be worth not polluting it. But simply said, STM32F4 is available anywhere good chips are available, the software is open, and the difference is MEMORY…


#6

Memory and premium libraries with preliminary commercial support.