Do you want an ArduPilotMega board? (Limited)


I know some of you want to help and also for those that can't wait to put their hand's on the ArduPilotMega board here is your opportunity: You can be a Beta tester!

The final version of the board will almost the same, just some small corrections like an extra set of resistors pads i added just in case that will be removed in the final version, right now are just bypassed.

The requirements for being a beta tester are:
-Have and know how to use an AVR ISCP Programmer (i recommend the AVRISP MKII), to upload new HEX's just in case we decide to change the PPM encoder firmware.
-Windows XP/Vista/7.
-Have a FTDI cable programmer.
-Know how to use Arduino Environment and some basic programming skills.
-Have a clue what digital electronics means (If you are a regular user or a certified noob, i don't recommend this board to you right now).
-Willing to share your experience!
-Have $38.90 dlls $44.90, i'm giving the board almost to the production cost (for low quantity's). The final version may cost up to $65 dlls!

If you are ok with all this, you are welcome to get one board right now:
http://store.diydrones.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=BR-ArduPi...


The boards come with firmware (for AT328) and bootloader (for AT1280).

I will be posting news&updates on the comments.

I have a basic firmware that reads and decodes the PPM signal and display the 8ch PWM's into the terminal:
APM_demo.zip

The folder "PPM_Decoder_AT1280" is located the code for Arduino IDE. On the folder "PPM_Enconder_AT328" is the firmware for the PPM enconder, if you have Windows and the AVRISP MKII just double click on the .bat file and press any key and it will upload the hex to the board, make sure to connect your programmer on the "AT328 port".

PPM Encoder configuration:
-MUX is controlled by input CH5.
-Throttle FailSafe is input CH3 (Futaba).

The Eagle Files of the Board are here:
ArduPilotMega_v10.brd
ArduPilotMega_v10.sch

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Tags: APM, ardupilot, mega


Developer
Comment by Mark Colwell on March 16, 2010 at 4:43am
OK, all pins need re routing too, I would wait for Jordi to release alpha code...
Comment by Marc Daniels on March 18, 2010 at 3:10pm
yep, but I think my 328 is bricked. It has no outputs (confirmed with O-scope) and all I get is 'cannot enter program mode' on my ISP when I try and load the firmware.
Comment by GillesW on April 14, 2010 at 2:34pm
Hello everybody.

Jordi, have you please an idea for final release date (I mean when ArdupilotMega board will be available ?)

- and its sensor board ?

Best regards,
Gilles

Developer
Comment by Randy on April 15, 2010 at 6:37pm
A guess from me is within two weeks for the ArduPilotMega considering that the first boards rolled off the production line at Sparkfun about 1 month ago (and assuming they didn't find any serious issues that needed sorting out).
http://www.diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/new-ardupilot-mega-boards-off

They'll be sold by Sparkfun (and maybe here at the DIYDrones store?).

I'll bet the sensor board will be more than 1 month from now because it's still in Beta.

3D Robotics
Comment by John C. on April 15, 2010 at 8:36pm
Is there a list of changes in HW from Beta to production boards?

Thank you!

Developer
Comment by Randy on April 23, 2010 at 7:30pm
Is the ArduMega compatible with the standard mega shields like this xbee one from Sparkfun? I'm 99% sure that it's not, just wanted to check.
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=9588

3D Robotics
Comment by Jordi Muñoz on April 23, 2010 at 9:19pm
Randy, No, is not...

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