[MinnowBoard] MinnowBoard MAX not EOLed (just the A2 based boards...)
David.Rice at isipkg.com
Wed Sep 30 21:48:31 UTC 2015
Are the A4 hardware design files available yet?
From: elinux-MinnowBoard [mailto:elinux-minnowboard-bounces at lists.elinux.org] On Behalf Of John Hawley
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 2:27 PM
To: MinnowBoard Development and Community Discussion
Subject: [MinnowBoard] MinnowBoard MAX not EOLed (just the A2 based boards...)
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I've been answering this a lot lately, so I'm going to try and get this all down in one place so people know what's going on. Many of you have gotten e-mails, specifically from Mouser, about the MAX being EOLed. This is partially true, the A2 based MAXes are being EOLed as the A4s are getting close to being available, and the A4s have some user visible changes. Those changes include (but aren't limited to):
- Pin 26 on the LSE is changing to provide an MCLK
- J7's function is changing to (once we get firmware support)
to provide a way to clear the NVRAM of the firmware. (this
will likely be in AFTER 0.83)
There's some other fixes present as well, things like the I2C level shifter has been swapped out for one that will handle I2C better, etc.
Mouser is EOLing the A2 based boards because the SKU will be changing due to a lot of these changes, this is normal for them, but does not mean that the MAX (in some form) is gone, quite the contrary. We've got new lures that are getting worked out, and new things that we'll be showing off at ELCE, and going forward. The SPI Hook, which Tin Can Tools just released, is one of the things we've been working on, Microsoft just announced the MinnowBoard MAX as Azure Certified for IoT, U-Boot firmware support was committed by a GSoC project over the course of the summer, etc.
There's a lot of stuff going on, we just wanted to make sure everyone knew what was up with the EOL e-mails, and hopefully let everyone know we are feeling fine, and are thinking about going for a walk (see folks in Dublin!) :-)
- - John
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