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A first look at the XMC 2Go Evaluation Kit

Andrew Back
Open source (hardware and software!) advocate, Treasurer and Director of the Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation, organiser of Wuthering Bytes technology festival and founder of the Open Source Hardware User Group.


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February 2, 2016 07:14

Thanks for the review.

The hardware on this is great, development environment not so much.

At over 1GB it is huge for such a small device! Yes it is powerful, but that is excessive.
Installing it was another issue. I eventually got it to work on a Windows 8 Laptop, but
had endless problems installing on a Windows 7 machine - I still don't have it working.
I am in serious doubt if I would use this device/range if dev tools is going to be such
a big problem. I really was expecting something a lot easier.

On the hardware side, some suggestions. It would be good to also route the IO for the two
LEDs to pins in case more IO is needed. I had this need and had to modify the board for a
prototype. Also, changing the power supply so the board can be powered from the board it is
plugged into would be great. (When it is operating standalone in an actual prototype and
not being powered by USB.)

In short, I was impressed by the cost & hardware, but the software left me quite disappointed.

February 1, 2016 12:53

khalaus. Take a look on like E-Bay for STM32F103C8T6 development boards. You can get them for less than $4 US and that includes shipping. That and there is a group specifically for the ST micros. You can work inside the Arduino IDE or break out and use GCC and other compilers. It has more memory, more ADC channels. and it's Cortex M3 running at 72Mhz.

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February 1, 2016 10:12

Nifty little device, can't go wrong for something that's priced at £3.94 (5+).

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