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MinimusUSB Announced, Same Price as Teensy and AT90USBKey


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230w ago - With the release of the open-source PS JailBreak dubbed PSGroove last week, a new device known as the MinimusUSB AVR USB development unit has been announced and is said to be comparable in price to both the Teensy and AT90USBKey.

According to the official site (linked above), the device is expected to ship to distributors this coming week. This is a USB development board similar to the Teensy and the AT90USBKey.

To quote from Paul Owen: "Presenting Minimus, a high quality production grade AVR USB Development Unit that is clean in design, low in cost and readily available to resellers around the globe.

There are hundreds of projects available for the AVR USB hobbyist looking for a powerful yet cost effective solution. Works with Open Source LUFA USB firmware library and Open Source LibUSB software library. In production and shipping September 2010."






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#12 - richardlee - 229w ago
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I just canceled my teensy++ order, got an email saying it wouldn't even be shipped before november. So i will try my luck with one of these minimus's instead.

#11 - IslaTurbine - 230w ago
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Maybe in the wrong place, but I got this from Paul yesterday:

First, please let me apologize for the lengthy delay in processing your order. I realize how frustrating the wait can be, and until now we've done a poor job of communicating your order's status. I'm trying to improve our process (while also working like mad to ship so many packages....) Your order contains a Teensy++, and unfortunately our stock was depleted by other orders that came before yours, so your Teensy++ is on backorder.

The good news is we are expecting more Teensy++ stock within 10 days, and signs are promising they might be early. We counted up the queue, and your order is before the point where we believe the new stock will run out, so it's likely we'll be able to ship a board to you within the next 2 weeks. Again, I'm really sorry we haven't managed quick service or responsive communication. I do hope, in the end, your experience with Teensy or Teensy++ will overall be positive and your design or project is ultimately a great success. Thanks, -Paul

#10 - Lou R - 230w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by badincite View Post
Who are the distributors? I've been trying to find a cheap version or just one at all lately


I will ask Paul today. Usually when I ask where he gets components he replies Mauser or DigiKey. Keep in mind though that the reason the Teensy is so limited is that Paul is unable to find any more of the chips out there from any supplier he can find. Basically between JIT inventory strategies, the economic recovery starting to spin up and the out-of-left-field sudden huge demand for the product basically there is a global run on the chip until the manufacturer can arrange for fab space to make another run on them. Simply put the Teensy was not designed for the purposes that gamers are using them for and no one anticipated this sort of dramatic increase in demand.

Granted, when Paul is sourcing components he is buying reels of them so that the product can be made in numbers, so I am assuming he is ignoring suppliers that have less than a certain number of the chip. I am -guessing- that if you are lucky you might find some left in someones parts bin somewhere. I'm sure though that Paul would just give me one of his "not likely" looks and say "Maaaaaaybe".

#9 - badincite - 230w ago
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Who are the distributors? I've been trying to find a cheap version or just one at all lately

The part numbers listed are a little confusing do i need the board and the chip?
- AT90USB162 ~ looks to be just a microchip
- AT90USB646 ~ looks to be just a microchip
- AT90USB647 ~ looks to be just a microchip
- AT90USB1286 ~ looks to be a full board but there are more part numbers
like

AT90USB1286-MU
AT90USB1286-AU
AT90USB1286-MUR
AT90USB1286-AUR
556-A90USB1286-16MU

- AT90USB1287 ~ looks to be a full board but there are more part numbers
- ATMEGA32U4 ~ looks to be a full board

Then theres the atusb90key which mouser list as "End of Life: Scheduled for obsolescence and will be discontinued by the supplier."

#8 - IslaTurbine - 230w ago
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Yes he does come off as a good guy. His updates on his website have been particularly helpful. It shows that he cares about his customers.

#7 - Lou R - 230w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by IslaTurbine View Post
Interesting. I'm curious how many people are having issues with their Teensy? Thinking about cancelling my order for one...

Don't worry, if you have ordered it will be there soon. Paul is just... overwhelmed... by the unexpected demand for the Teensy. If you were able to order it DOES mean he has it though. He deliberately stopped taking orders because he did not want to be put in the position of taking an order for a product he does not yet have built. Since he has had no time to even count his inventory, he is erring on the side of caution by listing it as out of stock.

On his website when he says he has hired people to help him fill orders he means he has been calling in personal favors on short notice from his friends and having us all go over to his place on the labor day long weekend to stuff teensy's in boxes. He had to buy another printer just to keep up with the labels. I assure you though, if you were able to order it is indeed coming.

He's a good guy that cares about his customers, he was just taken off guard. It's like he went to the sink to get a glass of water and someone replaced the faucet with a fire hose.

#6 - oVERSoLDiER - 230w ago
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Think more boards will be announced, that they work to run with an exploit.

But good to know anyway, that there so many ways to hack via USB.

#5 - hamada - 230w ago
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What kind of MCU does it use?

#4 - IslaTurbine - 230w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by dsman View Post
Was wondering if anyone had an opinion on what board to use?

Just getting started with gathering info and noticed that there are a few compatible boards but I don't see much difference between them.

Thanks in advance.


Any board that you can get your hands on since most of the retailers out there appear to be out of stock.

#3 - dsman - 230w ago
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Was wondering if anyone had an opinion on what board to use?

Just getting started with gathering info and noticed that there are a few compatible boards but I don't see much difference between them.

Thanks in advance.

 

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