User talk:Zdwiel

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Hi Zdwiel,

Thanks for pointing out the problem at the Solar Concentrators page.

I have changed the links to inner references as it allows us to see which pages link to which, though. --Elifarley 18:27, 27 April 2011 (PDT)

Ah of course. Thanks for the heads up --Zdwiel 18:31, 27 April 2011 (PDT)


do you think its possible to put an ATMEL chip on the ose board? is that a worthwhile venture or stick with arduino boards? --Dorkmo 04:01, 8 July 2012 (CEST)


We could embed an ATMEL chip. Here are some pros and cons:



  • cheap, these chips can cost < $5
  • could increase the number of surface mount parts and decrease amount of human build time, since there would be no through hole header pins to solder in. Note though that we'd probably want programming pins made available on the boards for firmware upgrades and that sort of thing which would increase the complexity of the circuit, and likely add a small through hole header (or SMD usb socket)


  • non modular: each machine/board designer would be tempted to use a different chip than the other machines which would make it more difficult for people to become familiar with all of the boards/chips/designs
  • non modular: can't take one chip and plug it into a new machine with some new programming
  • worry that with small pin and trace size and of surface mount chip we increase the difficulty level of building a board from scratch
  • must redesign (simple) arduino board for every machine, more chance of error, more time taken routing boards, etc.

--Zdwiel 16:18, 8 July 2012 (CEST)