SAKC, another step to Copyleft Hardware
SAKC = Swiss Army Knife Card
SAKC is a development board for hardware and software hackers. SAKC has a MIPS processor running at 360MHz, also has an Spartan 3 FPGA. This combination enable many applications like robotics, automation, signal acquisition, and publicity applications. The software is based on Qi-hardware community development, right now there are some distributions available: Openwrt, Debian, Jlime.
SAKC is the perfect tool to learning and can be used for academic porpoises, in fact the first run is targeted to make a course on Electric & Electronics Engineering Department of
Universidad Nacional de Colombia. On SAKC wiki pages you will find information needed to understand how it works, OrCAD and KiCAD design files are available including schemes, pcb gerber files all under CCBYSA so anyone can use and modify them for his academic or commercial porpoises, or just for fun an joy of learning :).
Basically all you can do with your Ben NanoNote and taking in account you also have an FPGA , 15 free GPIO, and 10 analogue inputs, from the also well know for all Arduino lovers led blink example to implement a full microprocessor, passing trough motor control using PWM or make it an Oscilloscope .... Here you can see some videos from the prototypes running the blink and the scope examples:
Where I can buy a SAKC?
Short answer: anywhere(yet).
Now we are on pre-production phase, the first 50-60 units of the first run are for the Univeridad Nacional de Colombia and have some samples to test and demo. This is scheduled for end of August begins of September. This way we can realize test both in factory and in the real world before the next run, this time to anyone that wants one , this one is scheduled some time before the end of this year. When we have more exact release date and accurate final price we will announce it and also enable a pre-order way here in Tuxbrain.
In following post we will enter in more detail in this beauty and how can we take advantage of that FPGA.