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Propeller Platform (Kit)

Designer: gadgetgangster
Howto: Assembly GuideCategory: Propeller
Difficulty: Easy
Great for builders of all skill levels
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Designed by Jon Williams, the Propeller Platform module includes an 80Mhz 8-Core Parallax Propeller microcontroller, 32kb of EEPROM with space for a second EEPROM, 5V and 3.3V Voltage Regulators and the pin sockets to add additional Propeller Platform modules.

NEW! - We're now have a pre-assembled Propeller board that doesn't need a programming stick! Check out the QuickStart

Read the latest Spin Zone column in Nuts and Volts, featuring the Propeller Platform and LCD UI modules.

All Gadget Gangster Platform Modules utilize .1" pin spacing and are breadboard compatible. Here's a little video walkthru of building the Propeller Platform:

What is the Gadget Gangster Platform?
The Gadget Gangster Platform is a lot like the Arduino with a few improvements on the basic idea;

1 - Modules (a.k.a. shields) can be connected to each other on top and bottom. For example, you might have a Propeller module in the middle, an LCD UI on the top, and a prototyper on the bottom. We've got a few initial modules to start, and we'll continue to expand on the selection with more modules and microcontrollers.

2 - Pin spacing is .1". This makes the Platform compatible with breadboards, and it lets you use Platform modules in combination with other project boards.

3 - The board footprint is 3.8" x 2.5", which is the same footprint as ExpressPCB's MiniBoard service, so adding your own custom module is inexpensive and straightforward.

4 - Because they're featured in Jon Williams' Spin Zone column in Nuts and Volts, they're well documented. The Propeller Platform Module will be the basis for many of projects described in his upcoming columns.

5 - Platform Modules are licensed under the MIT license (essentially public domain), giving you more flexibility than more restrictive licenses like Creative Commons Share-alike.
Make It!

You'll need a few tools to build this project
(1) A soldering iron & solder (Soldering Tutorial)
(2) Diagonal Cutters

You'll also need a 2mm tip 9-12V power supply and a Programming Key. The project takes about 40 minutes to build.

The Parallax Propeller is a 3.3v device.

 Programming Tutorials
 Designing Your Own Modules

Other Files
propeller_platform_v4.pcb PCB (Express PCB Format)
mit_license.txt Copy of License
ggpp.pdf PCB (pdf)


schematic.sch ExpressPCB Format

Parts List

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