NI will be releasing details about the 2015 FRC controller at their NI Week conference in August… but they’re excited about how well it’s all coming together. They even shared this photo of the bare PCB, hot off the press, with us. See anything interesting?
I’ll blog again soon.
I believe I spy PWM outputs on there. I’d love to see the death of the digital sidecar and the return of on-board I/O!
The 3.3v and 5v jumper on the bottom left corner looks interesting. maybe both voltages will work for IO. on the top i see an ethernet port, a USB port, and also maybe an ISP header on the top right. ARM based maybe?? Also i’m liking the new size of the board.
Scaling from the size of the 34 way DIL header pads near the middle, it appears this board will fit into an ~square plastic enclosure that is just under 7 inches on each side, with holes spaced 6 inches apart. It should also have a low profile. These are steps in the right direction.
Based on other information I’ve seen posted about the new system, there will likely be a way to get more through some sort of expansion port like they’re doing for pneumatics breakouts (via CAN bus). If the 34-pin header is compatible with the existing digital sidecar that’s an even more straightforward expansion.
Speaking of, at least a couple of the connectors on this PCB should be for the CAN bus, but it’s hard to tell which ones.
I’ve also heard you will be able to run two controllers in master-slave mode to allow for additional ports. I believe their goal is to make this controller affordable for each team to buy one yearly (as it should be).
Is it bad that his comment made me look for the screenprinted FIRST logo somewhere on the board? Unfortunately it doesnt look like that is the “interesting” part. A little sizable, but looks like some good features
There definitely appears to be an IDE style connector in the middle of the board. What functionality could that provide that wouldn’t be better suited for a CAN or similar digital connection? Seems like those big and bulky ribbon cables are relics of the past. Backwards compatibility?