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2017\08\17@215114 by Chetan Bhargava

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Are there any entities offering bare Arduino compatible PCBs? I need
to send a few overseas.

I know of Modern devices and Evil mad science. are there any more?

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2017\08\17@215448 by Michael Johnston

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check out http://www.sparkfun.com they have some arduino products Michael

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2017\08\18@003619 by James Cameron

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Long list of arduino related bare boards on OSH Park, which can be
ordered.

Go to https://oshpark.com/shared_projects and in the search box type
arduino and browse through the results.

These few look potentially interesting, though they are old.

https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/4AryKJMO
www.oshpark.com/shared_projects/zjaOlLK5
https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/IOZFPDWp
https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/17t0teB1

May be more on github.com

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2017\08\18@193149 by Chetan Bhargava

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I checked sparkfun but they don't have bare PCB for Arduino clone.

Oshpark looks nice.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Chetan Bhargava
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2017\08\18@210402 by Bob Blick

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Hi Chetan,

Oshpark is awesome. I've been real happy with the results. They don't offer anything even slightly exotic but what they do is quite nice and they do it well.

If you submit your own designs to them, note their drill file parser is not super tolerant. I suggest GerbV to check your files before sending - other Gerber viewers may love files that Oshpark will drill incorrectly.

But if you are using already-tested community projects they should be good to go.

Friendly regards,

Bob

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I checked sparkfun but they don't have bare PCB for Arduino clone.

Oshpark looks nice.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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2017\08\18@214145 by Neil

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On that note, Seeedstudio has been doing $5 for 10 PCBs (up to about 3" x 3") for several weeks now and PCBway is now doing the same. With $21 for DHL, I can get 10 boards for $31 in a week.
Love these price wars!

Cheers,
-Neil.




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2017\08\24@152701 by Chetan Bhargava

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Hi Bob,

The designs that I looked at OSH are not as feature-rich.

Evil Mad Science is local to me but *unfortunately* they have *not* heeded
to any PCB design rules for their Arduino clone PCB design (see inline
image).

In deed, they have a right Arduino clone outline and are conservative on
USB side (FTDI). I give them a +1 for an attractive mask + overlay as well.

As an engineer I ought to look under the hood though, unortunately.



Please feel free to express your thoughts about this layout as an engineer.


The PCB that I'm looking for is for my friend overseas, as he is getting
his feet wet.
I can send him <$3 Arduino clone from aliexpress
<www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-high-quality-UNO-R3-MEGA328P-CH340G-for-Arduino-Compatible-NO-USB-CABLE/32522378826.html?spm=2114.10010108.0.0.4b24ae2bkVDs7f&traffic_analysisId=recommend_2049_null_null_null&scm=1007.12908.76350.0&pvid=7d4825ef-feda-41ae-b6f6-96988b35e194&tpp=1>
(cheaper then the price of a bare PCB itself) but I would like him to build
one or two for himself.

Anyways, I'll think about working on a clone as time permits.

Regards,

Chetan Bhargava


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2017\08\24@152740 by Chetan Bhargava

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Thanks for the hint Neil ;-)
Chetan Bhargava
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2017\08\25@023953 by RussellMc

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Nano is about the same functionally
"Pro Mini"  has no USB and not worth the minimal $savings.

Nano $1.83

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Freeshipping-Nano-3-0-controller-compatible-for-arduino-nano-CH340-USB-driver-NO-CABLE/32341832857.html?spm=2114.10010108.1000014.1.4b24ae2b2BJz0n&traffic_analysisId=recommend_3035_1_86014_iswiall&scm=1007.13338.86014.0&pvid=bc2b2e9d-7d6d-4ced-88e3-a9ec808e91ac&tpp=1

I have had good results with Baite Electronic.
Quality is reasonable and functionality is as expected (which is not always
the case with Chinese Arduinos).
Pricing is usually competitive. May not always be cheapest but may be.
Free shpiping to NZ usually arrives in 1 to 2 week range.


https://www.aliexpress.com/store/213957?spm=2114.10010108.0.0.4b24ae2bFPdWie

eg Arduino Nano V3 $US19.20/10 (no cables), free  shipping to NZ.


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2017\08\25@034542 by Joep Suijs

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Hi,

> ... functionality is as expected, which is not always the case with
Chinese Arduinos
Could you elaborate on that? Do you mean faulty units, production errors?
Or missing features?
I've used my share of Chinese Arduinos and had an occasional faulty unit.
Missing functionality until now has been limited to a missing LED in pin 13..

Regards,
Joep

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2017\08\25@070012 by RussellMc

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On 25 August 2017 at 19:45, Joep Suijs <EraseMEjsuijsspamgmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> > ... functionality is as expected, which is not always the case with
> Chinese Arduinos
> Could you elaborate on that? Do you mean faulty units, production errors?
> Or missing features?
>

​I essentially meant "just works" as opposed to "fails to perform as
expected" or at all.​
I have heard various horror stories about Chinese sourced Arduino
compatible devices.
I found that the ones I have purchased from Baite "just worked".
Volumes not vast. 3 or 4 orders total and a few tens of Arduino
compatibles. UNO, Pro Mini and Nano equivalents.
The only notable difference is the use of non-FTDI USB bridge ICs (as
expected in low cost versions) so that a driver needs to be loaded on most
systems. This is painless once it is realised that it is needed.


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2017\08\25@110452 by Joep Suijs

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Hi Russel,

Thanks for the info.
I've read about a clone ATMega processor and heard quite a few horror
stories too.
However, so far I haven't seen any details of real obscure failures but
want to keep an open mind.
Having said that: dealing with a failing unit or an USB bridge issue
without the notion how to resolve it (including the FTDI issue a few yeas
back) can be considered a horror...

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2017\08\25@112918 by Van Horn, David

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Other than not following the data sheet (bypassing, power pins, reset pullup and cap), the only real horror story I know of on the Megas is the low power crystal oscillator.  Just don't use it.  Non-deterministic code execution scares me.




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2017\08\25@181917 by William Westfield

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On Aug 24, 2017, at 12:26 PM, Chetan Bhargava <RemoveMEcbhargavaEraseMEspamEraseMEgmail.com> wrote:

> Evil Mad Science is local to me but *unfortunately* they have *not* heeded
> to any PCB design rules for their Arduino clone PCB design (see inline image).

No image came through, but presumably you’re talking about Diavolino?
http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2010/diavolino/

Does the lack of 45-degree angles offend you?   IIRC, the board was laid out with an experimental topological curve-based auto-router.  While it looks “different”, I’m pretty sure you’ll find that it meets the specifications of any “typical” design rules you’d care to apply  (other than “use straight lines that meet at angles in multiples of 45 degrees”, of course.)

OTOH, it lacks USB, which I’d consider a pretty severe defect in this day and age.  It’s hard to over-praise the convenience of “just plug it in..”

Why are you looking for a bare board, anyway?  What features are you looking for?  My “Freeduino” design is still around, but it’s duemilanove-era (no I2C pins, no power auto-switch (perhaps a “feature”?), etc.  And the final design was all-TH except for the FTDI chip.)  China’s cheap derivative boards have put a big dent in the “slightly modified Uno-compatible” - they’re no longer just doing cheap knockoffs of the official design; they’re adding a bunch of semi-useful features, using cheaper USB chips, better power circuits, cramming extra stuff into the same space…  I’ve toyed with the idea of updating the Freeduino, but it doesn’t seem worthwhile.

I was also pretty happy with the quality of boards I got from Baite.  (Although I haven’t really put them through any significant testing…)

I’ve seen enough complaints about using Arduino Nano Clones with external power supplies that I’m suspicious - there could be a bunch out there with incorrect or sub-par voltage regulators (with the majority using using USB or +5v power, and thus never noticing…  The same could be true of Uno clones.)

BillW


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2017\08\25@184801 by James Cameron

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On Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 07:45:29AM +0000, Joep Suijs wrote:
> Hi,
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> > ... functionality is as expected, which is not always the case with
> > Chinese Arduinos
> Could you elaborate on that? Do you mean faulty units, production errors?
> Or missing features?

Going back a bit, but the most exciting time I've had with a second
source Arduino Pro Micro is recovering from finger burns after
discovering that the regulator on board wasn't specified for 12V DC
supply.  There's nothing like burns to make me re-read specs.

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2017\08\25@220115 by Peter

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On 26/08/2017 8:47 AM, James Cameron wrote:
> Going back a bit, but the most exciting time I've had with a second
> source Arduino Pro Micro is recovering from finger burns after
> discovering that the regulator on board wasn't specified for 12V DC
> supply.  There's nothing like burns to make me re-read specs.
Oh yes!  Haven't done this with OP topic board second source Arduino Pro
Micro,
but have done with others, the... "And what's that's smell"...
finger finds hot burning smell... then needing to go find some ice quick...!
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2017\08\27@035415 by Mike

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On 25/08/2017 23:17, William Westfield wrote:
> On Aug 24, 2017, at 12:26 PM, Chetan Bhargava <RemoveMEcbhargavaspam_OUTspamKILLspamgmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Evil Mad Science is local to me but *unfortunately* they have *not* heeded
>> to any PCB design rules for their Arduino clone PCB design (see inline image).
> No image came through, but presumably you’re talking about Diavolino?
> http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2010/diavolino/
>
> Does the lack of 45-degree angles offend you?   IIRC, the board was laid out with an experimental topological curve-based auto-router.  While it looks “different”, I’m pretty sure you’ll find that it meets the specifications of any “typical” design rules you’d care to apply  (other than “use straight lines that meet at angles in multiples of 45 degrees”, of course.)
>
I quite like the routing to be honest, it looks very much like something I would have made by hand routing in my youth (alas, a long time ago).  The fact that you don't have long runs of adjacent, parallel traces is often advantageous for crosstalk etc.

Mike

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2017\08\27@100508 by RussellMc

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On 26 August 2017 at 14:01, Peter <RemoveMEgreat_pic_nTakeThisOuTspamspamwestnet.com.au> wrote:


> Oh yes!  Haven't done this with OP topic board second source Arduino Pro
> Micro,
> but have done with others, the... "And what's that's smell"...
> finger finds hot burning smell... then needing to go find some ice
> quick...!
>
> ​Lonnnnnnnnnnnnng ago.
At university.
Had one only TTL  7413 ​

​IC.
Friday evening. Needed it for what I was doing over weekend.
Turn on.
Doesn't work.
Inspect .... OUCH!
Very very very hot.
Turn off.
It was inserted 180 degrees from correct.
What stupidity.
Visions of a 7413 less weekend.

Reverse.
Power up.
It worked OK
Wow!!!

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2017\08\27@101649 by RussellMc

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Do note that ATmega 168 and 328 Arduino "clones" cost close to the same
price but the 328 has twice the memory in 3 categories

168/328

1k / 2k       SRAM
16k /32k     FLASH
512B / 1KB  EEPROM

Older versions of the Arduino IDE did not have the 328 as a standard
processor but it has been present for a significant while (> V10?).



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2017\08\31@034325 by Chetan Bhargava

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Thanks for the pointers Russell.
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2017\08\31@035234 by Chetan Bhargava

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Hello Bill,

I intended to attach this image.
https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1199/4727511688_2d683e3e5f.jpg

The angles are freestyle but not 45 :-)

Bill, I respect your thought but you mentioned experimental and
experimental should not be production. It could have been done better
manually.

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2017\08\31@045646 by alan.b.pearce

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> Hello Bill,
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> I intended to attach this image.
> farm2.static.flickr.com/1199/4727511688_2d683e3e5f.jpg
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> The angles are freestyle but not 45 :-)

I would have said that is a planning sketch, not the actual tracking ...

But then I haven't looked at the Gerber files to what they have actually done.



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2017\08\31@091201 by Jason White

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Alan, that is a real design, those are the traces. That is a picture from
gEDA, the open source PCB layout program.

That certainly looks a lot like Dr. Salewski's autorouter (
http://ssalewski.de/Router.html.en , picture attached). It caused quite a
bit of stir on the gEDA mailing list when it was first released.

I don't see anything terribly wrong. No autorouter is perfect. Frankly, the
astonishing thing is that it works as well as it does (the program was
thrown together in somebody's free time, not by a team of professional
software developers)

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> I would have said that is a planning sketch, not the actual tracking ...
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2017\08\31@094255 by alan.b.pearce

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2017\08\31@184724 by stephen.forrestn/a

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Work - possibly/probably. Satisfactorily? Hmmm... maybe just, depending. The issue for me is not the odd angle, curvy traces but the poorly designed power and ground distribution (assuming only two layers)

Power and ground should not be left up to the auto-router.

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2017\08\31@224752 by Chetan Bhargava

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This actual snapshot from my gEDA setup. This image is only published by me..
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2017\08\31@230833 by Chetan Bhargava

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Hi Jason,

I completely agree with your input. There is nothing terribly
electrically wrong with that design. All lines connect electrically as
in schematic. No shorts!

I would like to emphasize on your point that no autorouter is ever
perfect. You can use autorouter (with rules) but for a production run
I would not at all recommend a design that is 100% autorouted. It is
just my personal EE preference and is based on generally accepted
principals of PCB design over the years.

In an ideal PCB design (been auto-routed) we would like power + ground
traces (ground plane actually) heavier than other traces (have to tune
the beast). Autorouter will follow that but a human has to tame (add
rules) it.

Has this autorouted design made better (by rules) or just autoroute ->
gerbers -> PCB fabrication?

Thanks.

Chetan

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> In an ideal PCB design (been auto-routed) we would like power + ground
> traces (ground plane actually) heavier than other traces (have to tune
> the beast). Autorouter will follow that but a human has to tame (add rules) it.

Don’t most autorouters already do that?  EAGLE’s does (assuming you different network “classes” for the power and signal wires.)  Your photo (which is not quite the same as the picture on the website) definitely has nice thick power traces.   I suppose I normally like to see ground plane wherever it will fit, but I’m not at all convinced that that has any effect on an electrically conservative design like the Arduino.  (nor that it’s always a good idea.   I always seem to wind up with some narrow little ground traces between sections of the plane that look suspiciously like antennas (on two layer boards.)  Ah well.

I think I’ll have to agree with the opinion I’ve seen from a couple people that black soldermask (or heavily used silkscreen, as here) makes it annoyingly difficult to figure out where traces go on the board…

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2017\09\05@183349 by Chetan Bhargava

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> Don’t most autorouters already do that?

Unfortunately this one did not :-(


> I think I’ll have to agree with the opinion I’ve seen from a couple people that black soldermask (or heavily used silkscreen, as here) makes it annoyingly difficult to figure out where traces go on the board…

That's why I had to open it up in gEDA PCB to look under the hood :-)

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2017\09\05@200056 by Chetan Bhargava

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Hi Bill, Sorry I did not answer all of your questions.

>>Why are you looking for a bare board, anyway?

So that I can send the bare board(s) to my friend overseas, and let
him build one or a few. I believe that is the whole idea behind the
Arduino revolution; so that one can build themselves. Isn't it?

>>My “Freeduino” design is still around, but it’s duemilanove-era (no I2C pins, no power auto-switch (perhaps a “feature”?), etc.

Sorry I was not able to find it? Please provide a pointer for all of us.


To add:
FTDI is based in UK *and* over the period of time they were unable to
bring down their prices. Hence, people had to adopt...
Arduino created their own USB to UART using special firmware on
another Atmel chip while the Chinese came up with a simpler (and
physically smaller) CH340 chip. I have not encountered any issues
using a CH340 based Arduino clone or any other gadget in Linux (and
windows). I personally can't justify the price of that (FTDI) chip.
Also the name FTDI comes to me as a company that kills/bricks their
chips. FTDI have earned a bad reputation IMHO.

As of today, (too hot in the Bay Area) I believe that spending >$3 is
better off (on an expendable & replaceable finished products) than
ordering bare PCBs ($5+ each plus parts).

Worst case, I would like to send my friend a (freeduino; please send
us the link) design so that he can bootstrap from where he would like,
starting from PCB itself.

Regards,

Chetan
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2017\09\05@202018 by James Cameron

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On Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 05:00:54PM -0700, Chetan Bhargava wrote:
> Hi Bill, Sorry I did not answer all of your questions.
>
> >>Why are you looking for a bare board, anyway?
>
> So that I can send the bare board(s) to my friend overseas, and let
> him build one or a few. I believe that is the whole idea behind the
> Arduino revolution; so that one can build themselves. Isn't it?

No, not really.  The basis of the revolution is a controller already
built, with an accessible and easy to install tool chain, and a
community of interest.  Being able to build your own controller isn't
a common focus of that community.

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Pricing is set by economies of scale in production.  banggood.com has
some populated PCBs from $3 or so.  Buying bare PCBs and parts won't
get you that kind of pricing.

>
> Worst case, I would like to send my friend a (freeduino; please send
> us the link) design so that he can bootstrap from where he would like,
> starting from PCB itself.

Not the sort of friend I'd like.  ;-)  "Here, try this, but you have
to build it first."

>
> Regards,
>
> Chetan
> Chetan Bhargava
> http://microz.blogspot.com

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2017\09\05@203205 by Chetan Bhargava

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Hi Bill,

Which one is your freeduino?

mcukits.com/2009/03/12/assembling-the-freeduino-serial-v10-board/
www.freeduino.org/freeduino_open_designs.html
www.amazon.com/Freeduino-complete-Arduino-Duemilanove-Compatible/dp/B00417REHA
http://wiki.seeedstudio.com/wiki/Freeduino_USB_complete_Kit

Thanks,

Chetan Bhargava
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http://microz.blogspot.com


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2017\09\05@203650 by Chetan Bhargava

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>
> No, not really.  The basis of the revolution is a controller already
> built, with an accessible and easy to install tool chain, and a
> community of interest.  Being able to build your own controller isn't
> a common focus of that community.


Not really IMHO, the magic lies in the Arduino software.

> Pricing is set by economies of scale in production.  banggood.com has
> some populated PCBs from $3 or so.  Buying bare PCBs and parts won't
> get you that kind of pricing.

I totally agree with you on pricing being set by
economics.Unfortunately FTDI lost that battle.



> Not the sort of friend I'd like.  ;-)  "Here, try this, but you have
> to build it first."

Yes, my friend is a hardcore Elektor reader and well versed in etching
his own PCB since 1980s. :-)
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2017\09\07@010931 by William Westfield

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> Why are you looking for a bare board, anyway?
>
> So that I can send the bare board(s) to my friend overseas, and let
> him build one or a few. I believe that is the whole idea behind the
> Arduino revolution; so that one can build themselves. Isn't it?

Well, perhaps originally that was part of it.   It was certainly significant in my decision to jump on that bandwagon…  But I think these days it’s more about building things using pre-assembled Arduino boards.  Especially since you can get a pre-assembled Chinese Nano-workalike for less than the cost of DIP parts.

>
>>> My “Freeduino” design is still around, but it’s duemilanove-era (no I2C pins, no power auto-switch (perhaps a “feature”?), etc.)
>
> Sorry I was not able to find it? Please provide a pointer for all of us.

It’s the one that was sold by NKC (version 1.19.2 or something like that.)  I thought they weren’t selling it any more, though.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6dMB5dovDUZNGRlMmRhMTItYjUwZC00YTY5LTgwMTYtYzU1NmU1NDQyMTQy

There’s also a slightly older set of 4 other boards with a “truer” form factor.  One each using 0603 SMT, 0805 SMT, 1206 SMT, and mostly through-hole components.  Those were all tested, and work, before we did further refinement of the TH version.  Those are here: http://www.freeduino.org/freeduino_open_designs.html

There’s a more detailed explanation here: https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=174734.0


> FTDI is based in UK *and* over the period of time they were unable to bring down their prices.

They DID bring down their prices with the new FT230X and FT231X chips.  Less than half the price of the FT232RL, and a smaller package.  I think Adafruit and Sparkfun are using the new chips.  (Note that they are slightly cheaper than the ATmega16u2 that Arduino Uno ended up using.  Based on distributer prices, anyway (I’ve wondered what sort of “deal” Arduino has with Atmel…)


>  the Chinese came up with a simpler (and physically smaller) CH340 chip.

Neither is as cheap as the CH340, though I’m not sure what the added requirement for an extra crystal does to a self-assembled design.  The CH340 is in a more hobbyist-friendly package, too.  I’m sort-of proud of the Advances the Chinese have made in the Arduino; they’re well past simple theft at this point!

BillW



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2017\09\07@012611 by Clint Jay

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Can you call it "theft" if it's an open source design?

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2017\09\10@135113 by RussellMc

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On 7 September 2017 at 17:26, Clint Jay <.....cjaysharpspamRemoveMEgmail.com> wrote:

> Can you call it "theft" if it's an open source design?
>
> On 7 Sep 2017 6:10 am, "William Westfield" <RemoveMEwestfwspamspamBeGonemac.com> wrote:
>
>
> ​... ​
> Neither is as cheap as the CH340, though I’m not sure what the added
>
> requirement for an extra crystal does to a self-assembled design.  The
>
> CH340 is in a more hobbyist-friendly package, too.  I’m sort-of proud of
>
> the Advances the Chinese have made in the Arduino; they’re well past
> simple
>
> theft at this point!
> ​ ...
>

​No. A major aspect in the Arduino concept was that software and hardware
were open source.

With one significant but insignificant exception the Chinese are, without
exception AFAICS, adhering to that concept.

The exception is the name "Arduino". This deemed by the original creators
(all several independent groups of them) to be applicable only to the
"original" or "genuine" product.
While this may well be true at law, it is an unfortunate detraction* from
the overall concept as, if you are able to make something that walks just
like a duck and which uses duck DNA, to the extent that it is
indistinguishable from variants of 'real' ducks,  it seems very unfortunate
that you are not allowed to CALL it a duck.
Permissible are Duck-like, Duck-compatible, maybe even Duck clone or
"copy", bur not Ducuino, er Arduck er ... whatever.

Maybe Arduin0 is OK?
Similar 'minor' obfuscation seems to work for eg the PDLO KNGIHT" genuine
non-wool (not labelled) hat I'm wearing at present (5amish, cold, got up to
do an urgent job, bed calls)



Russell

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2017\09\10@175319 by James Cameron

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> The exception is the name "Arduino". This deemed by the original
> creators (all several independent groups of them) to be applicable
> only to the "original" or "genuine" product.

It was a good try, but I think their deeming may have failed due to
the effort it would now require on their part.

The "Arduino" has become a generic name, or product search term, as
far as third-party manufacturers are concerned.

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