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"Gertboard Assembled"

Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:03 am

"Unlike the Gertboard Kit, this new version of the Gertboard is fully assembled and ready to use out-of-the box."

http://piregistration.element14.com/signup.html

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:09 pm

Finally.. some official news.

Piface looks interesting? Am I right in thinking the Gertboard is a more comprehensive package though?

I hope so as I just finished building one! :lol:

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:09 pm

RaTTuS wrote:http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 42&t=22737
I point you to 2 days ago ;)
Ah, so you did.

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:21 am

I have just registered my interest on http://piregistration.element14.com/signup.html.

Does anybody have any information about Gertboard availability time??

Or maybe I can order it on other site than Element14?

Thanks,
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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:09 am

I am Glad Gert board assembled is going to be sold. I have just managed to build a Gert board from the gert board kit. Soldering on the extremely small surface mount componets by hand was quite tricky, although not has hard as trying to solder minature 4 pole mobile jacks. I think the gert kit assembly task was beyond the capabilites of some people especially if their eyesight was poor or they had problems with their manual dexterity. I lost one of the tiny capacitors and destroyed another one so I had to reorder them which was quite expensive as the minimum order from farnell was £20. I am proud of myself for managing to manufacture a working Gert board, however is the new Gert board going to be compatible with the old one or will it use different components?

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:14 am

I believe there are a couple of minor differences, but on the whole they are the same.
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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:42 am

jamesh wrote:I believe there are a couple of minor differences, but on the whole they are the same.
I wonder if they've added pullups? (since we don't have to solder SMD any more :cry: ).
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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:46 am

- Smaller (cheaper) motor controller: 18V, 2A (instead of 48V, 4A)
- BUF input have pull-ups so they no longer float.
- ADC has different bits: 8 instead of 10 as the 10 bits where on a eight week lead time.

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:40 pm

Great no big differences. I am looking forward to designing some custom electronics for the pi. It would be nice to publish a book of projects to build.

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:55 am

John Crow has noticed that the ic's on the Gert board Assembled are soldered in, I didn't notice this.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 81#p213881

I would call this a big difference. Novice circuit builders especially in a school, are very likely to blow up and destroy components by subjecting them to high voltages, shorts and reverse polarities. Socketed ic's are ideal because they are very easy to replace when damaged. Please get farnell to put the sockets in instead of the ic's as I think most customers would prefer to have a slightly more expensive board that takes a few seconds to repair in the class room.

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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:15 am

If you catch the latest video it looks as if the new Gertboard will plug straight onto the Pi as well.
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Re: "Gertboard Assembled"

Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:13 pm

The problem with sockets is twofold
It does make the board more expensive, especially if you use turned pin sockets.
Also, the IC's can be inserted into the board by machine, but using sockets makes this more labour intensive = expense.
Saving for example £1 per board by not using sockets will be a big saving for Farnell, especially if they sell the board in 1000s.
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