|Aww... so cute!|
The Propeller has 8 cores (cogs) that operate together in perfect lockstep. The chip has perfectly deterministic timing and really simple assembly language. Writing device drivers on the Propeller is truly a piece of cake. And when you're done you have several cogs left to do lots of interesting things besides.
One can get a nice, inexpensive Propeller board from Schmartboard. They make soldering SMT devices really easy. And I think it's the cheapest board out there. I have and use one and I recommend it if you want to experiment with Propeller.
But I also wanted a DIP form factor for breadboard experimenting and heck, its fun designing boards. The PropStick USB looks great but it's too pricey for me. The inexpensive miniProp uses a Sparkfun FTDI breakout board programmer. Rev 0.2 is in the works at which point I'll post up the schematics and PCB layout in accordance with the Open Source Hardware definition.
|The miniProp says "Hello World!" by blinking an LED|
Want one of the Rev 0.1 boards, fully populated and ready to go? Keep an eye on the Bot Thoughts facebook page during the next week for a chance to win one!