For the past couple of months we have been preparing for Maker Faire Shenzhen 2014. If you are not familiar with Maker Faire, it is a two day event where makers gather to present their projects, share their ideas, and participate in various workshops. Better yet, it’s in Shenzhen, so you can make the most of this great location. Meet with manufacturers, suppliers, or just take advantage of the fantastic pricing at the Shenzhen electronics market. So mark your calendars, and we’ll see you on April 6th and 7th. In the meantime, here are some new products that we just got in stock.
Arduino is great, but sometimes you need internet capability too. Our Arduino-compatible WiFi Shield (Fi250) gives you that plus more. The shield delivers Wi-Fi over 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n at up to 65Mbits/s. It has a built-in antenna to conserve space, but if you need to expand your range, you can attach an external antenna to the U.FL connector. It also has AP (access point) mode which is easily activated by a touch of a button. Or take advantage of the Micro SD card socket and log some data while the shield is acting like a TCP or UDP server. Either way this shield offers multiple options and with the addition of two Grove connectors, you can’t really go wrong.
For those of you who don’t know, Grove is our line of plug-n-play modules. The line features buttons, switches, sensors, motors, servos, and more. They connect via 4-pin connectors with no soldering required, so they allow you stretch your imagination without straining your patience. Recently we developed the Grove Cape for BeagleBone Series , the shield-like equivalent for the mini linux system, BeagleBone. It provides Grove connectivity and comes with 6 Grove sockets that are I2C, UART, and ADC capable to bring any Grove enhancement to your BeagleBone setup.
Sometimes we want to incorporate other boards into our projects but encounter issues with different voltages. Step down converters are a must. We have an Adjustable Step-Down DC/DC Converter (1.0V-17.0V/1.8A) which converts input voltage of 4.5V to 23V into a lower of voltage of 1V to 17V. It can output up to 1.8A and has cycle-by-cycle over current protection. In addition, we have an Adjustable Step-Down DC/DC Converter (.8V – 18V/3A) which coverts input voltage of 4.5V to 28V into a lower voltage of .8V – 18V. It will output 3A up to 5V. When the voltage increases the amperes will decrease slightly but will never be lower than 2A. Keep in mind that for both of these converters the input must be greater than 1.5V higher than the output.
If you have a no solder requirement for your project or just looking for the newest thing in prototyping, we have a new breakout board, the Xmega 128a4u USB BO. It has an Atmel Xmega 128a4u microcontroller and can be used in a wide variety of projects from HVAC systems, to medical devices, to power tools. It is compatible with most breadboards and features a micro-USB, a 4 MHz crystal, a PDI header, and RX and TX LEDs for the serial port. Loading firmware can be done one of two ways with either the PDI header or the preinstalled Atmel USB-DFU-Loader (Flip). Let your imagination take hold and maybe you’ll be presenting at Maker Faire.
Besides new products, Seeed is also providing new services to makers. And here comes Fusion Premium PCB! For Fusion Premium PCB, we provide you with more services, including v-cut, panelization, half-hole process, larger quantity and more layers etc. Hope you enjoy our services. Always welcome to give us your suggestions 🙂
Until next time, keep on making.
Written by Erin Linke