About this project
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DigiX - The Ultimate Arduino Compatible Development Board!
- Make Blog: The DigiX and Digispark are both featured on their list of "10 Hot New Boards to Watch"
- GeekBoy.it: "DigiX Arduino compatible board, the one to rule them all"
- TechHive: "I’ve already ordered one for myself, and if the success of the DigiSpark is any indication, these are going to go fast."
- Dangerous Prototypes
- Minipute: "the new DigiX board aims to take the Due base to another level."
- CNXSoft: "$59 Digitstump DigiX is an Arduino Due Compatible Board with Wi-Fi and Mesh Networking "
- Embedds.com: "new ultimate Arduino called DigiX"
- Aberto até de Madrugada (in Portuguese)
- HWDio (in Chinese)
- Heise (in German)
- Planet Arduino
The Digistump/Digispark team is back, bringing the experience gained producing over 40,000 and shipping over 25,000 Digisparks in less than two months!
Announcing the DigiX - the ultimate sequel project to the Digispark. The DigiX has a 32-bit 84 MHz MCU, embedded low power Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and mesh networking, 99 usable i/o pins, audio output, USB on the go support, and is 100% compatible with anything that works with the Arduino Due - no adapters, code changes, or special software needed! This is the ultimate Arduino compatible development board, ready for any project!
REACHED! - $75,000 - On-board EEPROM
One thing many miss on the Arduino Due is onboard EEPROM - which the classic Arduino's had on-chip. We'd like to add an EEPROM chip directly to the DigiX board and if we hit 75k we can!
INCLUDED ANYWAY! - $100,000 - On-board MicroSD Card Slot
That's right we haven't hit $100k but we're including a MicroSD slot anyway - just to say thanks!
A microSD slot means you could play sound and music files by just sticking a micro sd card in and plugging in some speakers. It would also allow you to log data to the card, load webpages off the card if you are using the DigiX as a server, load images for a touchscreen device, save images from a camera, etc.
The DigiX - Unique Features
32-bit 84 MHz
Serious power for serious projects!
For maximum compatibility the DigiX is in the Arduino Due form factor - but we added a whole other row of I/O pins to bring it up to a total of 99 usable i/o (including communications pins)!
Low Power b/g/n WiFi
Easy to use, low power, embedded WiFi - see the next section "Better WiFi" for all the details.
The DigiX has the popular (as well as low power and feature rich) nRF24L01+ module - on board! This means you can easily talk to other (super cheap) nRF24L01+ modules attached to all kinds of devices - other DigiXs, Arduinos, Digisparks, RaspberryPis, and more. The DigiX can act as the Mesh Network to WiFi hub for your connected home or several DigiXs can communicate locally via Mesh Networking and connect to the world via the WiFi.
Real Time Clock
Keep time, update it over the internet, build a touch screen alarm clock that plays music - yep the DigiX can do it, and has a Real Time Clock built in to make it easier!
USB on the go - Android ADK ready!
The DigiX can act as a serial port for programming and debugging - like most Arduinos. And it can act as a HID device like a keyboard, joystick, or mouse. It can also act as a USB host! The USB OTG protocol allows you to connect keyboards and mice to the DigiX - and also allows it to work with the Android ADK making it easy to connect it to your Android phone/device.
The DigiX not only has 2 DACs (Digital Analog Converters) making it capable of outputting sound and music - but it has an audio jack right on board! With the existing Arduino Due Audio library you can attach an SD Card module and have a music player!
4x UARTs, 2x I2C, SPI, CAN Bus, 2x DAC, JTAG, DMA
We've yet to run out of pins or ports! Talk to your car or build a long distance sensor network with the CAN Bus. Advanced debugging with JTAG.
The DigiX employs an advanced WiFi module that allows easy configuration from any web browser (not limited to smart phones) or can be configured directly from your sketch/code.
True Low Power
The WiFi module on the DigiX is truly low power - using only an average of 5ma in active mode. It is also able to be put into sleep mode, using less than 2ua - allowing it to use very little power in both listening and polling configurations.
Processor Independent TCP/IP Stack
The WiFi module contains the TCP/IP stack and its own dedicated processor - freeing the main processor to execute your code and only deal with the data not the packets, connections, etc. This gives you far more resources to work with and at the same time makes programming much simpler.
No Library Required
You can control the WiFi module using Serial commands directly from your sketch or you can use the super simple libraries we will provide to easily serve, push, or fetch data, interact with RESTful APIs, and lots more!
Here is a comparison of the DigiX with similar Arduino products and recent Kickstarter projects:
Building on our experience
After the success of our last Kickstarter, the Digispark, we turned that project into a family business (Digistump LLC) and started shipping just a month later than our original projections. To date we have shipped nearly 40,000 Digisparks in addition to about 40,000 shield kits.
Since then we've launched a website (digistump.com) with an active store, community forums, and wiki. We've also continued to design and launch shields for the Digispark - we now actively build and sell 19 different shields to go with the Digispark.
We've learned a ton along the way - and so we wanted to do another project that would push affordability, accessibility and electronics even further! The DigiX was born! Of course, we've brought it back to Kickstarter - because we can't do it without your support! We hope you'll join us and support the DigiX project - so that we can produce this awesome device!
Choose Your Cloud - No Lock In or Fees!
No cloud lock in - we're working hard to develop libraries for many different cloud services including Xively (formerly Pachube), ThingsSpeak, and Temboo. We hope to support IFTTT as well! But you don't have to use any of them, and we won't be offering any "premium services" - nor will your DigiX depend on our servers (or anyone's) in any way! And talking to any other RESTful or web based service is a snap with the included general libraries.
100% Arduino Due Compatible
We see lots of "Arduino Compatible" projects that either aren't fully compatible by design (like the Digispark) or are slightly incompatible due to different processors, form factors, etc. While the Arduino form factor might not be perfect, it is very accessible, very popular, and new Due compatible shields are being released every day - so with the DigiX we wanted to make sure that we made it 100% compatible with the Arduino Due code and shields.
No adapter needed! We made the DigiX as small as we could affordably make it - and it was so close the the size of an Arduino Due/Mega that we decided to make it 100% form factor compatible. We also provide a bunch of extra pins - but we hate having to pay extra just to be able to connect things. You can plug in any Due compatible (Arduino 1.0 Pinout / R3 or newer compatible shields or Due shields) shield, without buying any adapters that add bulk, cost, and complexity. Additionally, we'll be releasing a DigiX Level Shifting Shield soon, as part of this Kickstarter, to allow the use of legacy pre-R3/1.0 shields. This will be available to all backers.
No porting libraries / no code changes! If it works on the Due it will work on the DigiX! The number of Due compatible libraries is exploding - we didn't want to compete, we wanted to contribute - so we've made sure that the DigiX works with all the existing Due code and libraries (and like the Due, it works with many Arduino Uno libraries as well) -
No special software! The Arduino 1.5 IDE is all you need. In addition we provide super easy to install libraries to make using the Wi-Fi and Mesh networking easier.
This also means you can use the other development environments that are Due Compatible - Arduino for Visual Studio, embedXcode, Arduino for Atmel Studio, Code Bender, etc! As well as a whole host of command line tools!
The DigiX was designed to be a development board ready for any project - with no compromises - here are just a few of the ideas we've heard so far:
- A wifi enabled 3D printer - with a color LCD touchscreen.
- A fully custom stand alone synthesizer (a great example of one made with the Arduino Due can be seen here: http://groovuino.blogspot.com/)
- An internet connected sensor hub for a smart home - using mesh networking to talk to other remote sensors and wifi to talk to the internet
- An alarm clock that could connect to the internet (wake up based on traffic), your phone, play music, and tell you the temperature outside (via mesh network).
- A standalone keyboard that sends what you type to twitter.
- A car computer - communicating with the car over CAN bus, playing music, displaying the time, directions (with a GPS module), and downloading trip data when you pull in the driveway (via wifi).
- Make an old school gaming system from scratch including TV/VGA output (library and example with due here: http://stimmer.github.io/DueVGA/). Connect it to the internet or other systems through wifi.
- 84 MHz Clock Speed
- 32-bit ARM Processor (AT91SAM3X8E)
- On board 802.11b/g/n WiFi Module (FCC/CE Approved)
- On board nRF24L01+ wireless module (removable)
- 3.3V, 3.4-5.5V (LiPo Ready), 5V, or 6-16V input (onboard buck regulator)
- 96KB SRAM
- 512KB Flash
- 1A @ 3.3V and 1A @ 5V Available (when powered at 5V+)
- 99 I/O Pins
- 12 PWM
- 12 Analog Input
- 2 Analog Output (DAC)
- Onboard LED (connected to Pin 13)
- 130ma Total Current Output from Processor
The DigiX - like the Arduino Due, UDOO, and Spark Core runs at 3.3V. The maximum voltage that the I/O pins can tolerate is 3.3V. Connecting the I/O pins to higher voltages, including 5V, could damage the DigiX.
We've been working on this design since the end of the Digispark project and now it is ready to see production - but we've come back to Kickstarter because the only way we can make it so affordable is to produce it in a quantity of 1,000 or more.
We invested 100% of the profits from the Digispark project back into Digistump in the form of prototyping, fulfillment and test equipment. We can now build small runs in house, build elaborate test jigs in house, do far more complete testing, and fulfill even a huge number of orders. We're ready this time!
Our prefered partner factories are standing by and ready to begin production. We have direct contact with Atmel to ensure we can source these new chips quickly. We will, of course, squeeze in as many revisions as we can while we await the end of the campaign, but you can bet the moment it ends we'll authorize production.
After our last Kickstarter we are well versed in sourcing, designing for manufacturer working with factories, fulfillment customer service, and running a Kickstarter project - we want to make this one better, smoother, and more rewarding for our backers!
The Level Shifter Shield
The DigiX, like the Arduino Due is 100% compatible with 1.0 pinout and R3 or newer Arduino Shields. They run at 3.3V instead of 5V like classic Arduinos, and some older shields only run at 5V. To solve this we've created the first ever complete level shifting shield, which allows even these old legacy shields to work with the DigiX, Arduino Due, UDOO, Spark Core, Maple, etc.
You can get more details on the Level Shifter in these updates:
And you can add it to your pledge by picking a reward that includes it or adding $15 per Level Shifter Shield to your pledge. We'll send a survey at the end to find out exactly what your pledge was for.
$54+ - DigiX - EARLY BIRD - Get one DigiX for $5 off, fully assembled, shipped to your door. $6 extra for International orders (Non-US) for insured shipping. These should be ready to ship in early August.
$59+ - DigiX - Get one DigiX, fully assembled, shipped to your door. $6 extra for International orders (Non-US) for insured shipping. These should be ready to ship in early August.
$74 - DigiX + Level Shifter Shield - Get one DigiX, fully assembled and one level shifter shield (see description right above this).
$149+ - Beta DigiX - One DigiX built on our in house equipment (we have a professional small run pick and place and reflow oven). This will be a special edition, super limited run, DigiX that Erik will oversee the assembly of personally and sign and number them. These will come with some cool (though small) extra add-on and be ready for delivery shortly after the project funds. We reserve the right to increase the number of these offered based on how many we feel we can quickly produce. $6 extra for International orders (Non-US) for insured shipping.
$164 - Beta DigiX + Level Shifter Shield - One DigiX built on our in house equipment (we have a professional small run pick and place and reflow oven). This will be a special edition, super limited run, DigiX that Erik will oversee the assembly of personally and sign and number them. These will come with some cool (though small) extra add-on and be ready for delivery shortly after the project funds. And get one level shifter shield (see description right above this).
Multiples? - If you'd like to get more than one DigiX or Level Shifter see this post: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digistump/digix-the-ultimate-arduino-compatible-board-with-w/posts/511271
Open Source Hardware - From an Open Source, Family Business
The DigiX - like everything we produce at Digistump, is Open Source Hardware.
Digistump LLC is an Open Source business, our products, our software, even, whenever possible, our machines we use to build the products. We believe that knowledge should be free, and hardware as affordable as possible! Starting with the Digispark project we've bet our careers, money, and time on it and decided that Open Source Hardware is our family business. Our projects are backed by experience, commitment, and long term support - we don't just want to build the DigiX - we want to build a long term community around affordable hardware and the connected, open source, world.
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Risks and challenges
We've learned a lot from our first Kickstarter, the Digispark. To date we've overseen production of 40,000 Digisparks and 40,000+ kits and shipped over 30,000 Digisparks and 8,000 orders. This time around we've done extra research and, thankfully, have some established partners for sourcing, fabrication, and production.
We are confident in our ability to deliver this product and have gone so far as to add an extra month to our estimated delivery date, just to cover any surprises.
We fulfilled all nearly 6,000 orders for the Digispark Kickstarter in house - and have a full fulfillment line that runs daily for our webstore. If we receive too many orders for in house fulfillment or see a need for international warehousing we also have fulfillment partners who are ready to step in.
The two biggest risks for delay with this project are:
Sourcing - we have confirmed that all components are highly available and will start reserving them based on the interest we see in the first several days of this Kickstarter. That said, parts can and do suddenly go out of stock, so we've based our estimated delivery on the lead times if the products were all out of stock. The Wi-Fi module we are using can be produced at a rate consistent with the production of the DigiX - this means that even if they run out of stock they can keep pace with our factory. We're sure there will be surprises with sourcing, and delays are always possible, but we're confident we've done everything possible to give accurate estimates.
Production Delays - Rarely do factories give accurate estimates for assembly (we've learned this the hard way) - but after several rounds of production with different factories we feel we know about how long to add to their estimates (3 weeks) and have added more than that to the estimated delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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