Omega2+ Expansion Dock

by Factorial Group

Easily connect modules, sensors, and USB devices to your Omega2+

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Omega2+ Expansion Dock

An expansion board that gives the Omega2+ IoT board access to various modules, sensors, and USB devices through SPI, I²S, I²C, UART, USB 2.0, and Ethernet. Also provides a real-time clock with dedicated battery power.

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The Omega2+ Expansion Dock is a development board that provides all of the interfaces your various modules, sensors, and USB devices might require. Access SPI, I²S, I²C, UART, USB 2.0, and Ethernet without the need for additional breadboards or soldering. It also provides a real-time clock with dedicated battery power. Just slot your Omega2+ into the expansion dock, and use it like you would a Raspberry Pi or any other single-board computer.

Efficient, Convenient, and Affordable

Here at Factorial Group, we have incorporated the Onion Omega2+ into several of our IoT, industrial automation, and robotics projects. Along the way, we encountered a number of challenges:

  • A lack of full-featured Omega2+ development boards—in order to get the full set of peripherals we need, we've had to use several different off-the-shelf boards and modules at the same time
  • The high cost and inconvenience of designing and manufacturing a custom development board
  • Even with a custom board, connecting a large number of modules and sensors often requires the use of additional breadboards and more than a little solder

To address these shortcomings, we decided to design and manufacture a convenient, inexpensive dev board for embedded Linux developers and other users of the Omega2+.

The Omega2+ Module Puts Linux on a Tiny, Low-Power Dev Board

To make use of the Omega2+ Expansion Dock, you will of course need an Omega2+ IoT computer module. If you don’t already have one, you can pick one up at the official Onion store or from Mouser.

Omega2+ runs the LEDE distribution of Linux on an MT7688 SoC, which operates at 3.3 V and includes a 580 MHz MIPS CPU, 128 MB of DDR2 DRAM, and 32 MB of flash storage (expandable through MicroSD). It supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. It does not, however, include an Ethernet port, which is one of the many utility features of the Omega2+ Expansion Dock.

Features & Specifications

  • USB 2.0
  • USB Type-C for serial communication (via CH340 USB-TTL converter) and power delivery
  • 100 Mbps Ethernet
  • On/off switch with LED power indicator
  • Reset button
  • One user-programmable LED (GPIO18) and one user-programmable button (GPIO19)
  • Linear voltage regulator (3.3 V)
  • Individual 2.54 mm headers for I²S, SPI, UART/I²C, 3.3 V, 5 V, and GND
  • 18 2.54 mm GPIO headers
  • DS3231 real-time clock
  • Battery holder for CR1220 batteries
  • ESD protection scheme
  • Dimensions: 6.95 x 8.68 cm
  • Three mounting holes

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Support & Documentation

Documentation for the Onion Omega2+ IoT computer module is online. If you have any questions, you can reach us using this campaign’s Ask a technical question form.


Credits

Factorial Group

We are an embedded-development company focused on various electronic devices, from IoT to industrial automation & robotics.


Vitalii Kaminskyi

Igor Levkov


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