[Noisebridge-discuss] MCHCK - The $5 ARM mcu board

David Rorex drorex at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 20:38:58 UTC 2013

Finally got my kit over the weekend, plan to try soldering one tomorrow
night at Ace Monster Toys if anybody else got some and wants to join in.

On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM, David Rorex <drorex at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've been following this project for a while, their goal is to produce a
> small ARM board with everything you need to program it built in for only $5
> -- the idea being that at that price, you can stick them everywhere and not
> have to worry about the cost. They are now close to being finished, and are
> trying to raise enough money to get some prototypes out into the hands of
> hackers looking to play with them. You can see details on the project here:
> http://mchck.org/
> *Features*
>> *open:* entirely open source hardware and software
>> *powerful: *ARM Cortex-M4 with DSP extensions, 50MHz, 32KB code flash,
>> 8KB RAM, 32KB data flash
>> *easy to use:* programmable via USB; USB 2.0 full speed device and host
>> in hardware
>> *massive connectivity: *10 PWM outputs, 12 analog inputs, 29 GPIOs, 6
>> serial interfaces, 14 touch sense inputs
>> *low power:* can run directly from a coin cell battery for months
>> *extensible: *add LiPo battery charger, 2.4GHz radio, extra flash
>> memory, all without additional boards
>> *small:* only 50mm*19mm / 1.97in*0.75in
>> *cheap:* $5 to build at home
> They need to sell 50 in order to get bulk pricing on stuff, for $60 (which
> includes shipping) you get:
>> 5 boards + all the parts needed for them
>> 2 RF communications boards (NRF24L01+)
>> 2 LiPo battery charger ICs
>> 2 180mAh LiPo batteries
>> 2 1MB SPI flash ICs
>> 3 different power regulators (so you can run from a variety of power
>> sources)
>> 2 microUSB jacks (the boards themselves will plug into a USB port
>> directly, the optional jack allows you to instead use a USB cable)
> I've already ordered a kit, I'm thus spamming you all in the hopes that
> others will as well and I can get my boards (I have an unhealthy addiction
> to small inexpensive microcontroller boards)
> link to order here --> https://github.com/mchck/mchck/wiki/Prototypes
> Note that this is not a finished product yet -- you'll either need a bit
> of experience with ARM and microcontroller dev, or be willing to wait to
> use the boards until they finish all the software and iron out any issues
> that may arise.
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