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USB component for Reaper?


#1

I’m brand new to the hardware world, so sorry if this is a dumb question.

I recently ordered a FEZ Reaper and a few components (buttons, sensors, etc.). I mistakenly thought it had an embedded USB port, but it doesn’t, so I have no way to power / program it. So I went to order a USB component (I tried USBSP-GM-330 and USBCDP-GM-280) but mouser.com no longer carries any. Ditto arrow.com and octopart.com.

What’s my best bet here? Are there other good sources for these parts? Or are there other compatible USB components I could use (that would be accessible to a noob like me)? Should I instead power the Reaper with a battery pack and use a serial port component for programming?

(I’m in NYC if that helps.)


#2

What you need is a power module:
https://old.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/280
https://old.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/525
https://old.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/330
This module must be connected on D socket (socket 1 on Reaper).


#3

Thanks for the reply! Yeah, those are the parts I was looking for, but no one seems to stock them anymore (not mouser.com, not arrow.com, not octopart.com). Is there any other vendor you can suggest?


#4

@mike are you locak(ish)?


#5

@natesternberg

maybe this one could help you from ebay


#6

Nate:

If you still need a power module, private message me.

This would also work.

http://www.robotshop.com/en/net-gadgeteer-uc-battery-4xaa-module.html


#7

As far as i understand he want to use/program and power board with usb module and can not find to buy so i find and alternative on ebay and is very cheap since it have included pins for usb connection to mcu


#8

Good suggestion, I may end up going with that. The downside is that it ships from China and will take several weeks to arrive. The upside is that it’s $1. :slight_smile:

Dumb question, I see that the board has a USB port and a plug for power. Does that mean it will not use the USB port itself for power? In which case, I need to buy an AC adapter?


#9

Ah, didn’t know about robotshop.com, thanks for the pointer! This would supply power, but I would also need some way to program the SoC, right? Like a module with an RS232 port?


#10

You can use this :

  • as power supply via usb or
  • as power supply via power adapter
  • also you have other pins for programming D+ and D-

#11

You need a red board for powering and programming a module. Usually you would use a USB DP or USB SP module. The difference is the SP module only powers via the USB socket, and the DP also allows a voltage input of up to 9-12V. DP means dual power.

The battery module, which is red, provides a USB client interface, which is what is needed to program the board. It is all that you need to program. Primary programming mode is via USB.

I am in the Princeton NJ area. If you need a power module fast, I can lend one to you.


#12

The following should be a help…

Different board, but essentially the same procedures.


#13

I was looking for a getting-started guide like that, thanks very much!


#14

@Gus/@Gary, looks like the most important part of the Gadgeteer inventory is tapped out. Any chance you’ll do an injection on DP or SP modules to help the depleting mainboard stock ?


#15

We have already made a note and looking into it. There are multiple loose ends we are cleaning up after the website/product changes.