If you've used the Arduino enough to understand its shortcomings, or perhaps even dared to mention them alloud, be cheered, the gods have heard your prayers - and yes Omilex has been making devboards and breakouts long enough to be a god. This new Arduino Clone from Omilex addresses (almost) all of the complaints raised here and at Hackaday etc.. of the Arduino: with a host of pretty clever, if not always novel solutions. I'll count down the top 10 complaints again with fixes provided by the engineers at Omilex. 

 

#10. Accidental resets - Re-introduce the Atmel recommended noise suppression - check.

#9. Analog sucks - Separate regulator for Analog, optional Vref for even more precision - check.

#8. Shields cover reset switch - move switch - check.

#7. Shields short out on USB connector - use mini usb check.

#6. Pin layout is Random - new set of .1 centered pins - check.

#5. Frequency dependencies - provide replaceable crystal - check

#5. Linear regulators suck - use proper regulator - check.

#4. Pin assignment is Random - group power and signal together in Uext connector for GPS, ZIGBEE, I2C, etc...

#3. Power wire in a portable world - add lithium charger and auto switching - check.

#2. 5v in a 3v volt world - provide 5v/3.3v switch.

#1. Battery life sucks - lose the firestarter and add real ULP Voltage regulators - check.

 

And this is the short list, add real time clock support, 4 mounting holes, and Industrial temperature components and the Olimexino is far and away the highest quality Arduino Board ever produced for $29 on Mouser.

 

 

 

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Comment by AVS on November 15, 2011 at 4:03pm

@I.S. oh missed your #6 note, and yes picture speaks well :) it's a good idea that would make wireless programming much easier to configure. I get very tired of plugging my boards into my computer to program them and I have had great success at programming via xbee. So it is VERY interesting to see FTDI port available in this way. http://www.ladyada.net/make/xbee/arduino.html

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