8/16/2015 @ 20:42
The idea for OSHChip occurred 11/4/2014 and I have been working on it to the exclusion of pretty much all other projects.
There were several goals I had in mind, all focused on a product for the hobbyist.
- Package a high performance micro processor in the smallest package possible
- Have the cosmetics of an IC (in particular, a 16 pin DIP)
- Open source Hardware and Software (where ever possible, and be up front about any exceptions)
- Bring professional class debug experience to hobbyists that have only had printf() and flash a LED
- Compatible with the white breadboards used by many hobbyists
- Create a platform for hobbyists to create standard chips that are used by others
- Create a web site that supports a community of Chip designers and users
- See how many people laugh at me when I am telling them I am creating a new type of fabless semiconductor company.
- and more ...
So I have been at this for 9 months, and I have built 12 working prototypes. I have ordered enough PCBs to make 200 OSHChips_V1.0 and 100 of the programmers, OSHChip_CMSIS_DAP_V1.0 . All the components have also been ordered and have arrived except for 1 screwup by Digikey, which should be resolved by Mouser tomorrow. I will the take all the boards and components to a PCB assembly company, and with the encouragement of some money, I should have assembled boards in early September.