The Dallas .NET Micro User Group focuses on the .NET Micro Framework (NETMF) from Microsoft. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Improving Enterprises and our meetings are free to attend. Please RSVP according to the monthly meeting announcement to assure plenty of food and drinks for everyone.


What is NETMF?

.NET Micro Framework (NETMF) is an open source platform that expands the power and versatility of .NET to the world of small embedded applications. Desktop programmers can harness their existing .NET knowledge base to bring complex embedded concepts to market on time (and under budget).  Embedded Developers can tap into the massive productivity gains that have been seen on the Desktop.


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Monday, November 23, 2015 3:01:42 AM
Come one, come all for the 4-day sale extravaganza that starts at 10am EST on Black Friday and ends at 10pm EST on Cyber Monday! This year we are giving you up to 50% off select products and we are even including free worldwide shipping for orders totaling over $250! Come join us this Friday to see what amazing products and amazing prices will be available for this year's amazing sale!

Please keep clicking here to be the first to see what products are going to be on sale.

Sale Items: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/sale
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Monday, November 16, 2015 3:39:55 AM
Prototyping on the Raspberry Pi is Fast and Easy (FEZ) with the all new and inexpensive, FEZ ProtoPi! We even included multiple LEDS to indicate the voltage being supplied to the ProtoPi along with user controlled LEDs (red, green and yellow). While we are at it, let's not forget the user controlled button for those who need it.

Please note that while the pictures show that you can add a breadboard directly to the FEZ ProtoPi, this is optional and the FEZ ProtoPi does not ship with a breadboard. Although the breadboard is not included, the prototyping area was designed to have wires soldered directly to the FEZ ProtoPi.

Now that we have shared the Fast and Easy way to prototype using the Raspberry Pi, let the prototyping begin!

FEZ ProtoPi: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/461
Raspberry Pi 2: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/556
All Raspberry HATs: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/538
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Friday, November 13, 2015 4:39:05 AM
Ok, so we fudged the title but it got your attention and now that we have your attention we want to take a minute and talk about our latest file system solution, the F20 System on Chip (SoC) and F20-uSD OEM module. The F20 System on Chip (SoC) is a small, low-cost and low-power file system solution that provides access to files and folders on an SD card using simple serial commands (did we mention that it was really cheap at $4.80 in volume!). The F20-uSD module is an OEM module designed for taking the F20 SoC out for a test drive.

The F20 SoC (AKA ReallyTinyFAT) is the younger, smaller brother of the ALFAT System on Chip. The F20 SoC does not require an external crystal instead an internal clock is used. The commands supported are a subset of the commands supported by the ALFAT SoC, for more information including a comparsion table please take a look at the F20 Developers' Guide. The F20 SoC is currently not available as we are using the the F20-uSD OEM module to launch the F20 family of products.

F20 SoC: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/558
F20-uSD Module: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/546
F20 Developers' Guide: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/343/f20-developers-guide
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Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:15:30 AM
Today we are happy to announce the release of datasheets for the G30, G80, G120, and the G400. Each datasheet contains key specifications for each product and a complete pinout table and can be found under the core system's resources. The datasheets are purposefully kept specific to each board so you will not find generic information on how to use a given feature within the datasheet.

Instead, we are also releasing a preview of the updated NETMF Manual today. This manual contains an introduction on the basics of NETMF as well as a short introduction to C#. These introductions can be used on any NETMF device and are not specific to GHI products. The manual also contains a list of more advanced topics and links to our help documents (which can now be found on the NETMF support page itself) for those seeking additional information. One such document is the newly created GHI Bootloader document that covers how to access the bootloader and gives an explanation of each command for the two bootloader versions in use today.

Going forward, our plan is to continue to improve the NETMF Manual and the various help documents. We appreciate any and all feedback that you might have.

G30 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G30_Datasheet.pdf
G80 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G80_Datasheet.pdf
G120 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G120_and_G120E_Datasheet.pdf
G400 Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G400S_and_G400D_Datasheet.pdf
NETMF Manual: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/NETMF/NETMF_for_Beginners.pdf
GHI Bootloader document: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/344/ghi-bootloader
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3:39:01 AM
By now you are familiar with the now famous NETMF educational board, the BrainPad. For the last several months the BrainPad has been used by several institutions and we have been busy collecting their feedback and getting their opinions. We diligently sifted through all of the amazing feedback and suggestions, which has led to the new and improved BrainPad. I know what you are thinking, "How could the BrainPad get any better?" Well let me tell you!

First, we updated the firmware so that the BrainPad can be powered and programmed through the on-board USB connection, making it ideal for use with Scratch. Second, the BrainPad now officially supports Click Boards™ from MikroElektronika. If you haven't checked recently, MikroElektronika has over 150 available Click Boards™ today with many more on the way!

And if you aren't sitting down then you should! We are now bringing the BrainPad to a new platform...(drum roll please)... The BrainPad is now available for the Arduino community. Yes, you read that correctly, Arduino is now a supported platform for the BrainPad family of educational products. The BrainPad Duino will be available for purchase in December, just in time for the holidays.

We would also like to mention that recently GHI Electronics and MikroElektronika, have been discussing our passion for educating the next generation of makers. If you have had your head buried in work and you are not familiar with MikroElektronika, they are a renowned producer of development tools for various microcontroller architectures. Now I can't quite spill the beans on these discussions but if I were you, I would stay tuned for some upcoming announcements!

We would like to give a quick "Thank you" to every teacher, student, contributor and to the community for their feedback and contributions.

BrainPad: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/536
BrainPad Support Page: https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/brainpad
MikroElektronika: http://www.mikroe.com/
Click Boards™: http://www.mikroe.com/click/
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