FEZ Panda II

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FEZ Panda II

Introduction

A .NET Micro Framework based board with Arduino Shield header pins.  Utilize the full power of the NETMF programming frameworkThe product brochure has pinout diagrams.

FEZ Panda runs NETMF 4.1 firmware. The good news is that both the Microsoft's 4.2 SDK with VS2010 and Microsoft's 4.3 SDK with the VS2012 still support 4.1 devices. To use FEZ Panda, install the same software as showed on the NETMF support page and then also install GHI's 4.1 SDK. It is listed under legacy. From there, you can use the beginners' guide ebook with only exception, when creating a project, go into options and select NETMF 4.1 framework.

 

Serial Debug Mode

Panda II allows the user to use the Panda II as a Virtual Storage Device or as a Virtual COM port, etc., which requires the Panda II to be placed in Serial Debugging mode to free up the USB port.

To put the Panda II into Serial Debug mode, you will need to connect a wire from the pin MOD to GND found in the center of the double row female headers on the back of the board.

To connect to the debugging port, you will need to connect the COM1 Out and IN pins to the respective UART connector pins that will connect to the PC

Using Panda with gadgeteer

Even though FEZ Panda would not run the gadgeteer core or drivers, the openness of Gadgeteer's source code and hardware allows users to use almost all modules.

Take for example the Joystick Module. Looking at its schematic, we can see how the internal pushbutton is connected to pin 3 and the X and Y analog position is connected to pins 4 and 5. Using a Breakout Module, the joystick can be wired as shown below.

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