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The Dallas .NET Micro User Group focuses on the .NET Micro Framework (NETMF) from Microsoft. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Improving Enterprises and our meetings are free to attend. Please RSVP according to the monthly meeting announcement to assure plenty of food and drinks for everyone.

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What is NETMF?

.NET Micro Framework (NETMF) is an open source platform that expands the power and versatility of .NET to the world of small embedded applications. Desktop programmers can harness their existing .NET knowledge base to bring complex embedded concepts to market on time (and under budget).  Embedded Developers can tap into the massive productivity gains that have been seen on the Desktop.

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Monday, July 18, 2016 1:41:51 AM
Today's announcement is especially exciting to us as it involves the open source community. While we work with corporations providing them with closed source solutions, we also enjoy working with the open source community and makers. Today, we are an important part and a great supporter of the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation and its ecosystem of maker friendly products.

If you didn't know, the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation is located in Michigan and is literally only minutes away from GHI Electronics' headquarters. By being in close proximity to the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation headquarters, we're able to stay actively engaged in on-going project developments.

We have made all our engineering resources available to the BeagleBoard.Org Foundation. Through our participation in brain-storming and roadmap discussions, we've become incredibly excited about all of the awesome open source products the Foundation will be releasing.

Due to the huge demand for the BeagleBone Black, GHI Electronics will not be selling the BeagleBone Black directly via our website. However, you are able to purchase the BeagleBone Black through our distribution network including international distributors like Mouser, with whom we have had a great partnership with for many years.

If you are currently a BeagleBone Black fanatic like we are but you have a question on customizing your project please give us a call. We are here for you with our vast experience with engineering, manufacturing and bringing products to market.

Next time you are purchasing a BeagleBone Black, make sure that the board is from an official BeagleBone Black manufacturer like GHI Electronics or distributor which can be found listed at Beagleboard.org.

We are excited to be working with the Beagleboard.org team and look forward to working with the open source community as well.

BeagleBoard.Org: https://beagleboard.org/
BeagleBone Black: https://beagleboard.org/black
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:53:13 AM
As you may know, all of GHI Electronics' products are manufactured locally in its headquarters located in Michigan, USA. We take pride in the quality of our products and in the superb talent of our team.

With over 10 years of continuous success, we have decided to expand our production capabilities. As for the pick-and-place machine, we added a second Swedish made machine offered by Mycronic (formerly known as Mydata). The new machine is about 4 times faster than our existing one, thanks to the dual heads and to the linear motors. As for the surface solder, we have not used stencils in years because a few years ago we bought a solder jet printer and we love it. In fact, we love it so much that we have added a second printer! We didn't forget about the oven, we have the best of the best oven with 8 top and 8 bottom heating zones. This is not your ordinary pizza oven, with precision reflow quality we get perfect lead free boards, every single time.

We did not stop there! We have also added a top of the line selective solder machine. We will no longer need to sit down and solder thousands of connectors by hand. You will simply love this $100,000 soldering iron!

What does all of this mean? GHI Electronics is expanding and now accepting high volume purchase orders and like always, we will be delivering high quality products with guaranteed on-time delivery. Interested in a tour? Just give us a call, we would love to show off our brand new machines.
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Monday, June 27, 2016 4:16:54 AM
We are excited to announce the release of the GHI Electronics NETMF and Gadgeteer 2016 R1 SDK. We have worked hard over the last few months to provide a very stable and user friendly SDK. Some of the major things in this release include:

- CDC over USB client on G30
- EMX, G120, and G400 can now update TinyBooter though In-Field Update
- G400 now uses the new GHI Bootloader to update TinyBooter
- Networking improvements in SSL, Accept, and Read
- The default debug interface is now controllable
- Legacy Gadgeteer mainboards and boards in GHI.Pins no longer warn about being obsolete
- Signed USB CDC drivers are now included when using the default VID and PID
- The USB drivers are now optional for the GHI Bootloader on Windows 10 and for Micro Framework on all supported systems
- BrainPad project templates are included for C# and Visual Basic
- PPP now works with more modems
- WiFi RS9110 is now more recoverable when corrupt
- SPI displays on G80 and Cerberus can now use custom widths and heights

No changes have been introduced since pre-release 2. The release notes show the combined changes of all the pre-releases for this SDK.

While we still do not officially support Visual Studio 2015 because of the serious issues with it, we are making an unsupported patch available that allows you to use it with our SDK. See the patch instructions for complete details. We still recommend Visual Studio 2013 for production use.

Lastly, we have updated our code signing certificate. You may get warnings that the SDK installer, USB drivers, and FEZ Config are not well known from Windows since it is a new certificate. This will go away as the SDK is used more.

Latest .NET Gadgeteer Core: http://gadgeteer.codeplex.com/downloads/get/1519812
VS2015 patch instructions: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/346/using-visual-studio-2015
2016 R1 SDK: https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/41/ghi-electronics-netmf-sdk-2016-r1
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Monday, June 20, 2016 4:17:48 AM
The F20 SoC (System on Chip) is now in production and ready to ship. Products can now have full access to files and folders on SD cards with very minimal resources. Priced at around $6, it is a more economical option than investing in building and debugging file system libraries. The F20-uSD board is a low-cost OEM board with the F20 SoC at it's core, an ideal board for quick integration or evaluation of the F20 SoC.

We are also improving the overall file system offerings. First, the original ALFAT chipset has been renamed as the F40 SoC. Only the product name has changed, the ordering part number is the same, ALF2X-SC-512. Second, we are introducing the GHI Electronics' File System Command's Manual, which covers all commands for all of GHI Electronics' file system products. There are also datasheets that cover the specifics of the individual products.

We are also excited to release a new firmware for the F20 family that adds a few useful features. The new datasheet has more information on what is now supported and an updated pinout. See the developers' guide for more information on updating the firmware on the F20 SoC and related products. Unfortunately, the new firmware and any future releases are not compatible with the F20-uSDs shipped to date (those that have a GHI bootloader version of 2.0.2). They will still work great with the full-featured existing 0.5.0 version of the firmware.

F20 SoC: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/558
F40 (ALFAT) SoC: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/512
F20-uSD Board: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/546
File System Commands Manual: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/File_System_User_Manual.pdf
F20 SoC Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/F20_Datasheet.pdf
F40 (ALFAT) SoC Datasheet: https://www.ghielectronics.com/downloads/man/F40_Datasheet.pdf
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Friday, June 17, 2016 4:10:34 AM
We would like to introduce the newest member of the Octavo Systems family of products (drum roll please), please welcome the OSD3358 TH Module! The OSD3358 TH Module is based on Octavo's OSD335x System in Package (SiP) which incorporates Texas Instruments' powerful Sitara™ AM335x processor with an ARM® Cortex®-A8 core. With all of the complex and sensitive components being handled internally by the OSD335x SiP, designers can easily harness this significant horsepower for their designs.

For those of you wanting a low-cost option for taking the OSD335x SiP for a test drive, the OSD3558 TH Module is the perfect solution for you! We added 60 holes exposing everything from ethernet to CAN, all you need is a breadboard and an idea! We even made it Fast and Easy for you to add displays by providing the pinout for the Display NHVN Module. To get started creating your next master piece, all you have to do is plug in a USB cable and you will be on your way to greatness.

But that's not all, in preparation for accepting preorders, we have added pricing to all products in the Octavo Systems ecosystem. Take a look around and start making your Octavo Systems wish list!

Octavo Systems Family-of-Products: http://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/category/548
OSD335x System-in-Package News Announcement: http://octavosystems.com/2016/05/09/osd3358-new-era-integration/
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