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NGX Technologies Blueboard

Started by leon Heller July 14, 2009
NGX Technologies (Bangolore, India) recently sent me one of their new
Blueboard LPC2148 systems for review. The main features are:

JTAG

Two DB-9 connectors for UART0 and UART1

USB

SD-card

Audio amplifier and speaker

Eight LEDS driven by a 74HC595

Two pushbuttons (and reset)

RTC (external battery)

2x16 character LCD module

DAC audio output

Potentiometer input to ADC

VGA output (via a simple resistor interface)

PS2 keyboard connector

All the peripherals are selected via jumpers.

It doesn't have a prototyping area, but the 64 MCU pins are brought out
to four 16-way pads (0.1" spacing) around the chip. Standard connectors
may be soldered to the board so that small daughter boards for external
circuitry may be mounted. I'm designing one for my own use.

It comes pre-loaded with a very comprehensive demo/test program based on
TNKernel that exercises all of the peripherals. All the source code is
provided (both free gcc and CrossWorks), It built without any problems,
and would serve as a basis for a users's own applications.

I think it's unique in terms of the facilities offered and was very
impressed with it, especially as it sells for just over $41! It's not
RoHS, but NGX is considering an RoHS version, which might cost a bit
more.

I see the board as being ideal for educational use and for anyone that
wants an introduction to the ARM architecture that they can get going
with minimal effort.

http://www.ngxtechnologies.com/

Leon

An Engineer's Guide to the LPC2100 Series

>I think it's unique in terms of the facilities offered and was very
>impressed with it, especially as it sells for just over $41! It's not
>RoHS, but NGX is considering an RoHS version, which might cost a bit
>more.

I don't think devboards would come under any of the categories that RoHS applies to.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Harrison"
To:
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [lpc2000] NGX Technologies Blueboard
>
>>I think it's unique in terms of the facilities offered and was very
>>impressed with it, especially as it sells for just over $41! It's not
>>RoHS, but NGX is considering an RoHS version, which might cost a bit
>>more.
>
> I don't think devboards would come under any of the categories that RoHS
> applies to.

They do in the UK, apart from one very specific case. It's probably the same
in the rest of the EU.

Leon

On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:19:20 +0100, you wrote:

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Mike Harrison"
>To:
>Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:07 PM
>Subject: Re: [lpc2000] NGX Technologies Blueboard
>>
>>>I think it's unique in terms of the facilities offered and was very
>>>impressed with it, especially as it sells for just over $41! It's not
>>>RoHS, but NGX is considering an RoHS version, which might cost a bit
>>>more.
>>
>> I don't think devboards would come under any of the categories that RoHS
>> applies to.
>
>They do in the UK, apart from one very specific case. It's probably the same
>in the rest of the EU.

Is this a recent change then? When I originally looked when all this nonsense started, pretty much
any sort of test equipment was outside the scope.
On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 6:24 PM, Mike Harrison wrote:

> On Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:19:20 +0100, you wrote:
>
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Mike Harrison" >
> >To: >
> >Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:07 PM
> >Subject: Re: [lpc2000] NGX Technologies Blueboard
> >
> >
> >>
> >>>I think it's unique in terms of the facilities offered and was very
> >>>impressed with it, especially as it sells for just over $41! It's not
> >>>RoHS, but NGX is considering an RoHS version, which might cost a bit
> >>>more.
> >>
> >> I don't think devboards would come under any of the categories that RoHS
>
> >> applies to.
> >
> >They do in the UK, apart from one very specific case. It's probably the
> same
> >in the rest of the EU.
>
> Is this a recent change then? When I originally looked when all this
> nonsense started, pretty much
> any sort of test equipment was outside the scope.
>
>

Have a look at http://www.rohs.gov.uk/FAQs.aspx#23; its pretty unclear; I
have sent an email to the concerned authorities and awaiting their reply. So
far I have received a mixed feedback on what electronic devices are
covered/exempted from this compliance.

--
Warm regards
Ashwin
Founder, NGX Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Bangalore - INDIA
Cell: +91-98862-35342
e-mail: ashwin at ngxtechnologies dot com
website: www.ngxtechnologies.com
Skype: ashwin.athani


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ashwin Athani"
To:
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: [lpc2000] NGX Technologies Blueboard
> Have a look at http://www.rohs.gov.uk/FAQs.aspx#23; its pretty unclear; I
> have sent an email to the concerned authorities and awaiting their reply.
> So
> far I have received a mixed feedback on what electronic devices are
> covered/exempted from this compliance.

Here is the relevant section:
Semiconductor Evaluation Boards

The term Evaluation boards covers a broad range of products from some fairly
simple products to fully integrated complex systems. In most cases an
evaluation board is effectively a single board computer allowing connection
of peripherals and/or input devices to facilitate the programming and
testing of chips. Therefore most evaluation boards are included under
Category 3 IT Equipment of the WEEE directive and must therefore comply with
RoHS. On rare occasions these boards may be considered consumables and fall
outside the scope of RoHS as described in the commission FAQ
http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/waste/pdf/faq_weee.pdf .

I don't think it's unclear. It's not a consuimable.

Leon

Hi Leon,

> Here is the relevant section:
> Semiconductor Evaluation Boards
>
> The term Evaluation boards covers a broad range of products from some
> fairly
> simple products to fully integrated complex systems. In most cases an
> evaluation board is effectively a single board computer allowing
connection
> of peripherals and/or input devices to facilitate the programming and
> testing of chips. Therefore most evaluation boards are included under
> Category 3 IT Equipment of the WEEE directive and must therefore comply
> with
> RoHS. On rare occasions these boards may be considered consumables and
fall
> outside the scope of RoHS as described in the commission FAQ
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/waste/pdf/faq_weee.pdf .
>
> I don't think it's unclear. It's not a consuimable.

I don't think it's consuimable either. Nor are evaluation boards generally
consumable, unlike a nice bacon buttie.

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