ArduPilot Mega 1.4 with ATmega2560 will be available on Friday, April 8

Hi guys, just letting you know that the ArduPilot Mega v1.4 with the ATmega2560 will be available at the DIY Drones store starting Friday, April 8. Here's the product page: http://store.diydrones.com/product_p/br-ardupilot-01.htm

 

Here's what will be changing in the store/products:

- ArduPilot Mega 2560 supersedes ArduPilot Mega 1280.

- The only difference between the two boards is that the new board uses the Atmega2560 microprocessor, while the old one uses the Atmega1280. The 2560 has twice as much flash memory (256K, vs 128K, hence their names). That extra memory is not currently used by any DIY Drones software, but is available for possible future code and expansion.

- The main reason for the change to the Atmega2560 is to sync up with the Arduino roadmap, which transitioned from the Arduino Mega (1280) top the Arduino Mega2560 earlier this year. This will not only ensure that our boards are compatible with the latest Arduino code, but also ensure that we will be able to source components reliably in the future.

- The 1280 version will still be available from us for a while. SparkFun will also continue selling the 1280 version.

- The "Full ArduPilot Mega kit" will now only be available with the ArduPilot Mega 2560.

 

The 2560 board will be required for APM 2.0 (not true, I should have triple checked this first), so the release of this board was timed to coincide with the new APM code getting close to Release Candidate status. Keep in mind that the 1280 version is still required for the ArduCopter and ArduPirates code!

 

Compatibility table:

 

Hardware:

--All DIY Drones hardware (shields, sensors, etc) work indentically with both boards

 

Software:

--APM 2.0 code and beyond: Supports both APM2560 and APM1280 boards

--ArduCopter 2.0 (aka ArduCopterMega, ACM) and beyond: Supports both APM2560 and APM1280 boards

--Future DIY Drones code (ArduRover, boats, etc): Supports both APM2560 and APM1280 boards

--APM 1.02: Requires APM1280

--ArduCopter RC2: Requires APM1280

--ArduPirates 1.6: Requires APM1280


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Comment by Ethan Ferrell on April 6, 2011 at 1:49pm
I was starting to wonder if the APM with the ATmega2560 was similar to those mythical unicorns I hear about. I will be ready to order on the 8th!

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Comment by Sgt Ric on April 6, 2011 at 2:09pm

I know I can go back and read Chris's roadmap to confirm this, but I'll ask the dumb question here instead:  will the Rev H OilPan be OK with this new APM, or should we wait for the next Rev?

 

Comment by Ethan Ferrell on April 6, 2011 at 2:15pm
I believe the OilPan will be compatible. My problem is I am building a quad and it looks like the ACM code doesn't support the new APM hardware..."Keep in mind that the 1280 version is still required for the ArduCopter and ArduPirates code!" I don't want to buy a 1280 if the ACM code will be updated soon :-/
Comment by Javier Robaina on April 6, 2011 at 2:31pm

Hello, the new board ardupilot-2560 is compatible with Mega ArduPilot IMU? thanks.

 

Hola, la nueva placa ardupilot-2560 es compatible con ArduPilot Mega IMU? gracias.

Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on April 6, 2011 at 2:58pm
Sorry?

APM 2 wont run on existing boards? That's not good!
Comment by Daniel Gru on April 6, 2011 at 3:17pm

I hadn't heard that yet either, I am shocked!

 

Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on April 6, 2011 at 3:55pm
Relieved! Thanks Sam.
Comment by Ethan Ferrell on April 6, 2011 at 4:00pm
Anyone know about the ACM code?
Comment by Daniel Gru on April 6, 2011 at 4:03pm
Puhhh, thanks alot sam, got me worried there
Comment by Mauro Rodriguez on April 6, 2011 at 4:15pm
mmmm I think that its not serious if my actual hardware won't support the future versions of the software... with that philosophy in a near future we will have the APM 2.0, APM 3.0... and we will have to be changing the hard to be supported... I bought mine less than a year ago and is now close to being unusable... that's not good :(

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