ArduPilot voltage issue turns into Sparkfun tutorial!

You gotta love the guys at Sparkfun. We had a small compatibility issue with the GPS daughterboard that was caused by the polarity protection diode on ArduPilot that has the effect of dropping the 5v Rx voltage down to 4.3v on ArduPilot. Not a problem for ArduPilot, but could be a problem with voltage-sensitive add-ons. I asked Nathan at Sparkfun for advice. Not only did he solve the problem (the next production run of the boards will have a power regulator), but he wrote a whole tutorial on the issue!

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Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 14, 2009 at 11:31am
The GWS pico receiver doesn't have 0.7V to spare & can't use the old diode before the voltage regulator trick, so those crazy Chinese wired a reverse biased diode between + & -. When voltage is reversed, the diode burns out & shorts, preventing power from reaching the circuit, as we discovered last September.

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