This QWERK board has pretty much everything a hobbiest developer could want.
A place called Charmed Labs has come-up with a very powerfull, fully featured controller board which would be suitable for any number of hobbiest projects from robots to ride vehicles.
The board has a somewhat unusual configuration with a nice ARM CPU, a couple FPGAs, a few high-current drivers, quite a handful of hobby servo outputs, ethernet, USB, and more. Even though the pricetag is $330, this would be a fantastic board to have around to do experimenting and prototyping, although it’s certainly not the kind of thing you’ll want to embed (waste) in tiny projects.
The QWERK features:
- 200 MHz ARM9 RISC processor with MMU and hardware floating point unit
- 32 Mbytes SDRAM, 8 Mbytes flash memory
- Latest generation Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA for custom I/O peripherals
- Linux 2.6 installed
- WiFi wireless networking support
- WebCam video input support
- 4 Amp switching power supply, 90% efficient, 7 to 30 Volt input range
- Rugged aluminum enclosure
- 5.1â€ x 5.8â€ x 1.3
- 4 closed-loop 2.0 Amp motor controllers (supports both quadrature encoder and back-EMF â€œsensorlessâ€ feedback)
- 16 RC-servo controllers
- 16 programmable digital I/Os
- 8 12-bit analog inputs
- 2 RS-232 ports
- USB 2.0 host ports for connecting standard USB PC peripherals
- 10/100BT Ethernet port
- Built-in audio amp for playing MP3 and WAV files
Thanks to Case on the Coolest-gadgets.com forum for finding this. The potential of this board is amazing — I’ve rarely seen this kind of equipment on industrial controllers (which are also I/O heavy) and certainly not at this price.