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Which LPC2148 dev board, Olimex or Futuretec?

Started by Paul Haddad June 8, 2007
Hi All,

Anyone have any comments on these two (or I guess any other) dev board
for the 2148?

http://www.futurlec.com/ARM2148_USB_Development_Board_Technical.shtml
http://www.olimex.com/dev/lpc-p2148.html

The Futurelec (which I'm pretty sure is OEMed from somewhere else) is
a bit cheaper and is missing the RS232 connectors and SD connector.
However it seems to have a much nicer prototyping area and more
buttons/LEDs/etc.. on board.

Probably not a huge diff between the two, but since the Futurelec one
is both cheaper and seems to be available in the US, I'll probably get
one of those. But if anyone has any other suggestions on either of
these I'd love to hear it.

Thanks,
--
Paul Haddad (p...@gmail.com p...@pth.com)

An Engineer's Guide to the LPC2100 Series

--- In l..., "Paul Haddad" wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> Anyone have any comments on these two (or I guess any other) dev board
> for the 2148?
>
> http://www.futurlec.com/ARM2148_USB_Development_Board_Technical.shtml
> http://www.olimex.com/dev/lpc-p2148.html
>
> The Futurelec (which I'm pretty sure is OEMed from somewhere else) is
> a bit cheaper and is missing the RS232 connectors and SD connector.
> However it seems to have a much nicer prototyping area and more
> buttons/LEDs/etc.. on board.
>
> Probably not a huge diff between the two, but since the Futurelec one
> is both cheaper and seems to be available in the US, I'll probably get
> one of those. But if anyone has any other suggestions on either of
> these I'd love to hear it.
>
> Thanks,
> --
> Paul Haddad (paul.haddad@... paul@...)
>

I have the Olimex and I really NEED the SD/MMC interface. I usually
just place prototype boards alongside the development board. I also
have the LPC2148 header board from Sparkfun

but I haven't used it yet.

I had the idea that I would mount the header board to a PCB I might
have built for a project thus eliminating the SMD soldering.

It has been a long time since I have purchased anything from Futurelec
but when I did order a controller board it took until the second
coming to finally arrive. Things may have changed but I have never
gone back.

The Futurelec seems like a nice way to go if you can get delivery. I
didn't see a link for the schematic. I would want to be certain that
all the gadgets on the board can be disconnected from pins and that
ALL of the I/O pins are routed to headers. Well, except the UARTs,
they can stay connected.

Richard
Paul Haddad wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Anyone have any comments on these two (or I guess any other) dev board
> for the 2148?
>
> http://www.futurlec.com/ARM2148_USB_Development_Board_Technical.shtml
> http://www.olimex.com/dev/lpc-p2148.html
>
> The Futurelec (which I'm pretty sure is OEMed from somewhere else) is
> a bit cheaper and is missing the RS232 connectors and SD connector.
> However it seems to have a much nicer prototyping area and more
> buttons/LEDs/etc.. on board.
>
> Probably not a huge diff between the two, but since the Futurelec one
> is both cheaper and seems to be available in the US, I'll probably get
> one of those. But if anyone has any other suggestions on either of
> these I'd love to hear it.
>
> Thanks,

Olimex boards have better documentation and examples usually.

So it depends if you need documentation and examples or not.

As others have mentioned it can take futurlec a while to ship
if they don't have stock or if something in your order isn't in stock.

Usually they ship a cd with the schematics and docs
(if any exist in English) with the board. Seem to forget to include the
disc quite regularly. If you can read Thai definitely go with futurelec.

I've used a lot of their pic and avr boards
and their arm stamp boards which are fine but can take
a little bit longer than the olimex boards
to get going.

If you buy olimex boards go through www.sparkfun.com (in the US)
as they only sell what they have in stock and allow oline ordering.
Alex
Alex,

On 6/9/07, Alex Gibson wrote:
>
> Olimex boards have better documentation and examples usually.
> So it depends if you need documentation and examples or not.
>
Well I've been working with the Olimex Header board which has very
little docs (other then a schematic). So hopefully the Futurelec
board isn't any harder to deal with.

> As others have mentioned it can take futurlec a while to ship
> if they don't have stock or if something in your order isn't in stock.
>
> Usually they ship a cd with the schematics and docs
> (if any exist in English) with the board. Seem to forget to include the
> disc quite regularly. If you can read Thai definitely go with futurelec.
Yeah I was surprised they don't have at least the schematics online,
not sure what the reasoning is behind that, but it is kind of
annoying.

> If you buy olimex boards go through www.sparkfun.com (in the US)
> as they only sell what they have in stock and allow oline ordering.
>
Neither them nor microcontrollershop.com seem to have the 2148 board
in stock. :^(

I think I'm going to check out the futurelec one, I haven't heard
anyone saying anything really negative about them other then possible
shipping time and it looks like an interesting choice. If anyone is
interested I'll post some info when (or maybe if :^) ) I get it.

--
Paul Haddad (p...@gmail.com p...@pth.com)
I have embedded artists LPC2148 Education board for sale.
Full schematics and very complete.
Comes with CD-ROM and full registration for updates.

http://www.embeddedartists.com
I have LCD extension and MP3 decoder and prototype board for that board
As new condition.

I sell it because I go ARM9.

best regards

--- Paul Haddad wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Anyone have any comments on these two (or I guess any other) dev board
> for the 2148?
>
> http://www.futurlec.com/ARM2148_USB_Development_Board_Technical.shtml
> http://www.olimex.com/dev/lpc-p2148.html
>
> The Futurelec (which I'm pretty sure is OEMed from somewhere else) is
> a bit cheaper and is missing the RS232 connectors and SD connector.
> However it seems to have a much nicer prototyping area and more
> buttons/LEDs/etc.. on board.
>
> Probably not a huge diff between the two, but since the Futurelec one
> is both cheaper and seems to be available in the US, I'll probably get
> one of those. But if anyone has any other suggestions on either of
> these I'd love to hear it.
>
> Thanks,
> --
> Paul Haddad (p...@gmail.com p...@pth.com)
>

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