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, October 5, 2015 5:20:53 AM
The recently announced Display NHVN Module works with multiple 4.3" and 7" displays from New Haven. The 4.3" display drops in perfectly. With simple 2 way tape, it can be mounted to match the Display T43 Module.

The 7" display can also be made mountable. The Holey Board fits perfectly behind the 7" display, exposing mounting holes on the sides. The Display NHVN Module can then be mounted directly onto the Holey Board.

With many optional capacitive touch displays, Gadgeteer and NETMF users now have a set of professional yet reasonably-priced display options for their next project!

Display NHVN Module: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/549
New Haven Display: http://www.newhavendisplay.com/
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Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:01:15 PM
We just finished pushing several changes that enable multi-threaded applications to work on M3 and M4 Cortex processors, including FP support. We are now supporting System.Threading namespace, on par with NET MF, and also System.Threading.Tasks. We will...(read more)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:42:53 AM
Born in 2012, the FEZ Hydra was the most powerful, EAGLE designed, OSHW open source, GCC capable, NETMF board. Selling at near cost, it is a great way to dig into the porting kit and start learning the internals of NETMF. Unfortunately, NETMF 4.3 is where the road ends for the beloved FEZ Hydra. With great respect, we have to say goodbye.

However, we can't just say goodbye, we have to say goodbye in true nerd fashion! We are gathering ideas for a retirement celebration for our old friend. Maybe create a last time buy special edition? Maybe a FEZ Hydra contest? We are sure that you will have many ideas on how we can do this.

Please note, although the FEZ Hydra is retiring, the three-headed beast can be resurrected using the GCC compiling instructions found below.

FEZ Hydra: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/530
GCC Compile Instructions: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/328/building-the-fez-hydra-firmware
Open Firmware: https://bitbucket.org/ghi_elect/netmf-open-firmware
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:00:14 AM
We understand that through-hole designs are still needed. We also know how valuable breadboard-friendly products can be. Today, we are announcing 4 new products for NETMF with a through-hole footprint!

Key design goals of these devices are:
  • Bread-board friendly.
  • Most signals from the core are exposed on 0.1" single row headers.
  • All signals are labeled right on the board, for easier connections.
  • Contains everything to run. Only requires a 3.3V power source, even if a USB cable is being used.
  • Includes the RTC crystal and circuitry.
  • Micro USB connection for easier prototyping but USB signals are still exposed.
  • GXP-compatible connections for devices with TFT display support.

Having the GXP-compatible connection allows for easier connections to displays. For example, the GXP Gadgeteer bridge can be used to connect any Gadgeteer display to any TH board with GXP connections.

Finally, the new TH line of products replaces all older HDR products. All current HDR products will continue to be offered until the end of 2015. We highly recommend the switch to the new TH product line. For those who bought the recent G30HDR, no need to worry this board will be continued to be software supported for the next several years as it is based on the G30 SoC.

NETMF product selector: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/netmf
G30 TH: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/551
G80 TH: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/552
G120 TH: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/553
G400 TH: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/554
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 4:04:36 AM
Today, we are bringing 7 new display options to Gadgeteer and GXP-compatible mainboards. The Display NHVN Module provides an easy way to connect select New Haven displays, either using the gadgeteer sockets, or by using the GXP connections.

The GXP (general expansion port) standard was created by GHI Electronics to standardize the display connection on a 40 pin 0.1" spaced header.

The Display NHVN module is compatible with any Gadgeteer mainboard with RGB sockets and also works with any board with a GXP-compatible connection. The Related Products tab on the product page contains a list of some of the GXP ready devices.

Supported displays:

Please note that the Display NHVN Module will be available for purchase in late October.

Tip: No displays are included with this module. Mouser Electronics stocks both, GHI products and New Haven displays.

Display NHVN Module: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/549
New Haven Display: http://www.newhavendisplay.com/
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