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VBrain Coming ... the ARM Cortex M4 revolution

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

after 2 month of test I'm happy to inform you that the VBrain is ready to fly.

The platform is a result of 4 years of work on ARM autopilot platform. It's last evolution of Multipilot32 platform. I'm very happy that this is the year of ARM and we are here to present our last creation : Simple , Smaller and Ready to Use.

VBrain is a good choose for OEM ready to use hardware platform.

The VBrainautopilot features include:

  • 168Mhz ARM CortexM4F microcontroller with DSP and floating-point hardware acceleration.
  • 1024KiB of flash memory, 192KiB of RAM.
  • MEMS accelerometer and gyro, magnetometer and barometric pressure sensor.
  • 8 RC Input standard PPM , PPMSUM , SBUS
  • 8 RC Output at 490 hz
  • 1 integrated high speed data flash for logging data
  • 1 Can bus 2 i2c Bus
  • 3 Serial port available  one for GPS 1 for serial option 1 for serial telemetry.
  • 3 digital switch (ULN2003).
  • Jtag support for onboard realtime debugger.
  • 1 Buzzer output.
  • 1 Input for control lipo voltage
  • Include in the standard Vbrain Package there is VBrain GPS module , the module support MTEK 3329 gps , Ublox module , Fastrak IT600. On the module is available optional magnetometer. You can disconnect the board and put it far from brushless motoros to solve the problem of noise on mag signal.
  • Physical Dimension 6x4 cm
  • Will be available a case

 

It's first Universal Arm hardware platform . On it is available different kind of firmware : Open or Closed source . The main firmware available is Arducopter32 , last revision is 2.7 In the next day will be available a full fly test.
This platform is fully compatible with different kind of RTOS : FreeRtos , ChibiOS , Nuttx , CooxOS .

Our first target when start to develop our hardware platform 2 years ago was to develop a simple and powerfull ide.

We develop VRIDE PRO that is a special distribution customize by FoxTeam and LaserLab guys. The Ide use Eclipse as Editor, GCC as compiler , GDB and OpenOcd as Debugger.

This is the link of ready to use Ide:

http://code.google.com/p/multipilot32/downloads/detail?name=vroboti...

The ide support different kind of workspace and library. Our first target was porting all arduino and APM api to ARM platform.

 

The supported firmware are Arducopter32the last revision available is 2.7 the status of firmware is ready to fly .

The Workspace with last revision of code is available here :

http://code.google.com/p/multipilot32/downloads/detail?name=ACopter...

Our Team are working also on PX4 enviroment , first target was to port Arducopter32 on PX4 and PX4 enviroment to Vbrain and MP32Fx platform.

The hardware is compatible also with other opensource firmware as AutoQuad AeroQuad and OpenPilot. A lot of work are doing on IDE and firmware to share it on our platform.
We try to work to a new Opensource Standard based on high performances STM32F4 micro controller.

 

The price for VBRAIN with GPS Board (MTEK 3329 rev) developer revision  is 199 euro.

It's also available a ready to use board with 3 days of support by team viewer at 270 euro.

There is also available a oem version of product.

We are Ready for pre order the first batch of production will be available in 3 weeks some sample is yet available.

 

For more info about VBrain  contact us at virtualrobotix@gmail.com or by skype our nick is virtualrobotix

Best

Roberto

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Comment by Roberto Navoni on July 30, 2012 at 12:34am

Great Oyvind,

i have another great news ... Stefan doing us a great surprise ... see this video :) More info could be in available in the next days ...

Best

Roberto

Thanks Stefan Great Work !!! ;)

Comment by Oyvind Amundsen on July 29, 2012 at 11:44pm

Hi Roberto,

I have sold my Flyduino controller (full focus on your projects), and are interested in a developer revision of VBrain with GPS.

I guess it is best to use the VBrain on my FPV Quad II, and my MP32F4/Navy2012 on the hexa wit gimbal?

Comment by Roberto Navoni on July 27, 2012 at 10:16pm

Hi Oyvind,

so on MP32F4 you have a lot of analog input available but you need to put a partitor with two resistor. On Vbrain instead there is only 1 analog input in default configuration and partitor is yet on board.

Best

Roberto

Comment by Oyvind Amundsen on July 27, 2012 at 8:30pm

Is there any info on how to connect buzzer and LiPo voltage "reader" o VBrain/MPU32F4 ?

Comment by Hernan G Curras on July 27, 2012 at 4:26pm

That is a SUPER ENHANCED Ardupilot.. congrats, the today's future is ARM.

+1 from Argentina

Comment by Oyvind Amundsen on July 27, 2012 at 8:57am

Great :-) So the MP32F4/Navy2012 will continue to get the same firmware as VBrain?
I´m allmost ready with my new hexa with camera gimbal, and my new FPV frame. Then I may continue to use my Mp32F4/Navy2012 on one, and get a VBrain for the other.

Great work Roberto!!!

Comment by Roberto Navoni on July 27, 2012 at 8:20am

Hi Oyvind,the firmware is available for the MP32F4/NAVY2012 ,too and the revision 2.7 is available also for MP32F1 . The new development as Nuttx , will not available officially for F1because all new opensource platform available on the market is available of STM32F4 micro controller and not for F1 micro controller.

Comment by Oyvind Amundsen on July 27, 2012 at 6:57am
Gratulations!
So new firmware's is going to be for vrbrain, not for the "old" mp32/NAVY 2012 plattform?

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