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    Couldnt find it, maybe i am not looking hard enough. Is there an estimate to when the new FB will be out for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nserpa9248 View Post
    Couldnt find it, maybe i am not looking hard enough. Is there an estimate to when the new FB will be out for sale?
    No.

    We have not even received the first beta hardware. We then have to write firmware for it, and test. There will be a beta testing period as before, and then final production. There is no estimate for how long this will take. I am hoping it can be done before autumn, but I make no guarentees or promises.

    Until then we will continue to offer the current Brain as always.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
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    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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    fair enough.
    Seeing if it was soon enough that it was worth waiting.

    Guess ill pick up a first gen then (Get going on my system monitor project)

    Maybe i can even do some testing if i get this whole system working on a first gen FB :-D

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    Hey is there any way I could get in on the beta for this one? I know I dont even have a FB yet but I have been following the Fusion Brain very closely for the past little bit and I think it's really cool, I really want to get one. I think I will just buy one of the v1 boards for now and then get one of the new ones later, I'm sure I can figure out some uses for a few of these things

    I also have some decent basic electrical experience and TONS of programming experience, as in I have been building basic little circuits since I was old enough to hold a soldering iron, and programming most of that time too. Most of my programming experience lies in VB, VB.NET and C#.NET, (I have done a LOT in .net 1.1 and 2.0, and then some in 3.5) and I am also mostly self taught. I have had at least 3 solid years of programming in the .NET env, although most of it HAS been VB.net BUT all of my latest projects have been C# as I want to broaden my capabilities and didnt want to be stuck just on C#. I havent really had a chance to take a peek at the cource of your apps but I have an idea in mind of how you are doing everything and I think its really cool stuff, and I would be willing to help you out on the programming front also, like if there are tasks you wanted to off-load or something, I know a COM+ dll is wanted badly... I can look into making that

    Anyways I know you guys are going to get a lot of people asking to be beta testers and you may already have the people picked out, I don't know, but if you have a free slot then I think I could really help you guys out with this as I have a lot of knowledge in these areas.

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    Ok, hows this for an idea.
    I know it can be done, and seems to be logical.

    What: drop a couple of the digital outs, and replace them with infrared outputs

    Why: In my setup, I've got 4 IR controllable items: Screen, Head Unit, Camera, and Laptop. At the moment, I use a USB-serial adapter, with a couple of resistors, and a couple cheap IR LEDs, to control my devices; but since I'm using a ghetto adapter, I've gotta transmit the code 3-4 times before any of the devices finally realize that I'm sending it.. I'm not really sure if my timing is off or what =/

    How: simply pipe certain bits from the input stream directly to the IR ports. Considering that all devices use a different preamble, it would be safe to send the same output to all IR transmitters, and it would save alot of pins, as opposed to using seperate output pins.

    Why v2.0: It would add another great "building block" to an already great product!

    Reference: http://iguanaworks.net/product2.psp

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    What's the minimum pulse width?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman100 View Post


    Hi greenman,

    May I make a suggestion re PCB design, being as constructive as possible I can see a few things which could be an issue, or generally just good tecniques.. possibly going be flamed, but whatever. Please keep in mind i'm only trying to help.

    Just a few tips.. hope you don't mind..
    1) With traces it's generally a good idea to mitre all corners, ie make the maximum angle 45 degree's. There's a track between pin 22/23 that is doing a rather extreme angle back, that could easily go straight into pin 23. Also a track under the USB connector on the bottom layer could be fixed up, among others - Some tracks look like you're using an autorouter.. you will get a much, much better job manually routing.

    2) There's a track on the top layer from the crystal to C5, and there's also a gound track going from the other side of C5, crossing the crystal track to C4 - is that causing a short?

    3) I'm guessing you'll fix up the silkscreen later? There are multiple points where the designators and descriptions won't be seen. Also, generally only designators are printed on the silkscreen, not values. A BOM will help with construction, or parts list. This becomes more of an issue with high density boards when board space is a luxury.

    4) Do these go in cases? Holes for mounting are generally a good idea

    The trace from the led-enable jumper isn't finished, either are the connectors from the ULN2803's to the output headers - i'm sure you've noticed this too! :P

    Just noticed that is a rather old post, have you already sent the design to the manufacturers?

    Does your PCB software (Eagle?) show shorts/contentions?

    ( You'd probably hate me even suggesting, but may I design a board for you guys for free? I'd even manufacture a batch and give you all the production files.. I'd love to help, and I promise I don't want anything, other than to help.. BUT, by all means tell me to p*** off if you like I'll attach a pic of the latest 200MHz Linux PCB i'm designing, main processor is 218 bga at91sam9260, 6-layer board 100% hand routed - 38mm wide )

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    I don't know why you think you'd get flamed... we would love to get your expertise. shoot us an email at fusioncontrolcentre at gmail do com

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    Some people don't take well to advise/criticism, or think that they already know everything .., I design PCB's for a living and continuously go to seminars and design short courses, there's always area's to improve on; high speed data routing, analog signal routing, switch mode power supplies and noise reduction in high speed switching circuits are just a few i've attended recently.
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