Can XK-1 boards be purchased separate of XJTAG?

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Can XK-1 boards be purchased separate of XJTAG?

Postby landon » Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:53 pm

Various demos show ganging XK-1 boards together, but were I to try these sorts of configurations, it appears that I'd have to buy multiple $100 XK-1 dev kits whether I needed the XJTAGs or not.

Is there a source to purchase XK-1 boards individually without XJTAG devices?

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Postby leon_heller » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:05 pm

I don't think there is. You could sell the unwanted XTAGs on Ebay. :D
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Postby landon » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:23 pm

Hi Leon,

I'm starting to see the logic in the Sparkfun board and the new minimalist board project - looking forward to their progress.

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Postby leon_heller » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:58 pm

The Sparkfun board has some problems, such as the 1V regulator getting *very* hot. They should have used a switcher.
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Postby landon » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:10 pm

Good to know. I haven't fired up my SFE XMOS board yet.

What would have been an appropriate 1V switcher part? I'm considering designing my own board here shortly.

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Postby leon_heller » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:45 pm

I'm using the same one that's on the XK-1 for a board I'm working on.
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Postby landon » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:22 pm

I recently fired up a Sparkfun XMOS board and used an IR thermometer to scan the board.

The regulator section looked like it was running 105-115 F. This is the board with the USB interface. I have a couple more coming that have those removed (re: the tx/rx/jtag hardware error). Haven't received them so haven't measured temps on that board yet.

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Postby bsmithyman » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:17 pm

landon wrote:I recently fired up a Sparkfun XMOS board and used an IR thermometer to scan the board.

The regulator section looked like it was running 105-115 F. This is the board with the USB interface. I have a couple more coming that have those removed (re: the tx/rx/jtag hardware error). Haven't received them so haven't measured temps on that board yet.

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Since the FTDI chip doesn't use the 1V rail, I'm guessing it'll be comparable to the version with the interface... It's a shame there are no easy drop-in replacements for that 1V LDO.
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Postby landon » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:26 pm

I'm wondering how the heat issue will affect the life-expectancy of the part/board?
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Postby bsmithyman » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:01 pm

The BD10KA5WF is rated to a 105 C operating temperature on the datasheet, which is 221 degrees Fahrenheit, vs. the measured 105-115. They've also got a document that says it stands up to -85 C to 150 C cycling when not in operation (http://www.rohm.com/products/lsi/power/ ... bd10ka5wf/). Sparkfun uses lead-free solder paste, so that's got a very high melting point as well (though even standard solder needs something > 200 C to start softening). I think it's probably fine from a mechanical point of view, but it's a lot of wasted power for anything run from batteries.

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