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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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:45:59 PM
It has been a busy eight months since I rejoined the team to see if I could contribute to getting some wind back in the NETMF sails. Since then we have started participating in conferences again (Build and Maker Faire among others), we have planned and...(read more)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:42:12 AM
With our continued commitment to support Windows 10 on devices (the IoT extensions), we are proud to announce the FEZ HAT. The FEZ HAT allows for a Fast and Easy (FEZ) way to connect all kinds of sensors and devices to the Raspberry Pi. The FEZ HAT is compatible with the RPi 2 Model B. An entire C# driver is provided for immediate use with Windows 10, and can be easily ported to Linux. The FEZ HAT is the ultimate topping for your "Pi"!

The FEZ HAT Key Features:

  • On-Board Analog Input and PWM chips.
  • Two DC Motor Drivers, suitable for building small robots.
  • Terminal Blocks for wiring in DC motors without the need for soldering.
  • Two Servo Motor Connections.
  • Two Multi Color LEDs, connected to PWM for thousands of colors.
  • Single Red LED.
  • Temperature Sensor.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Light Sensor.
  • Two user buttons.
  • Terminal block with 2x Analog, 2x Digital I/O, 2x PWM and power.
  • Female headers with SPI, I2C, 3x Analog, 3x PWM.
  • Dedicated power input for driving the servo motors and DC motors.
  • No Soldering required, completely assembled and tested.

FEZ HAT: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/500
FEZ HAT C# Drivers: http://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/src/FEZ_HAT.zip
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Friday, June 26, 2015 7:09:08 AM
We're happy to announce another pre-release for our NETMF SDK. We've added support for the recently announced G30 SoC and G30HDR, continued to improve UART and built in Ethernet on the G400 (on which the FEZ Raptor is based), and made a few other small improvements. We highly recommend trying it out.

Any feedback is very much appreciated as we are getting close to the final 2015 NETMF release and we want to make sure it is as stable and bug free as possible.

SDK: https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/36/ghi-electronics-netmf-sdk-2015-r1-pre-release-3.exe
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 2:23:40 AM
For all of you who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the G80 Development Board, well your wait is over! Today, we are excited to announce that the G80 Development Board is available for purchase. Not only is it available for purchase but it comes equipped with onboard ethernet via the ENC28J60! So put the coffee down and click here to join the G80 revolution!

G80 System-on-Chip: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/501
G80 Development Board: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/483
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:49:47 AM
We are proud to introduce to you the G30 SoC (System on Chip), the smallest and lowest cost NETMF (.NET Micro Framework) offer on the market today. Small and economical, yes, but the G30 SoC packs a whole load of features. Some of the features come from the standard NETMF libraries, such as File System, Threading, UART, SPI, I2C and many more. Other features come from the GHI Electronics' libraries, such as Signal Capture, Signal Generate, PulseFeedback and many more. The base of the G30 SoC is ST Micros' STM32F401. This 84Mhz Cortex-M4 micro has plenty of power to run plenty of tasks with very low power.

The G30 SoC comes in two footprints, a LQFP64 surface mount package and also on a circuit board in a DIP42 format, named G30HDR. The G30HDR includes the few required components, and even includes the micro USB connector. All that is needed is a 3.3V source and a USB cable to use the G30HDR.

But wait, there is even more good news! The G30 SoC is only $11.95 @ 100 pcs and the G30HDR is under $15 in single quantity. The G30 SoC will be available for sale in August however the G30HDR is available NOW, please get one and let us know what you think!

Last but not least, the G30 SoC is also chosen to be the "brain" of the BrainPad announced earlier.

G30 SoC: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/539
G30HDR: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/538
G30HDR Schematic: http://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/schematic/G30HDR_SCH.pdf
G30 Preliminary User Manual: http://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/G30_User_Manual.pdf
BrainPad Announcement: http://www.ghielectronics.com/community/forum/topic?id=19435
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