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Feb 13, 2016

Hi Ho snickerdoodle... Awaaay!


We just love the smell of fresh PCBs in the morning!

Hot off the press and reeking of delicious solder mask, the long-awaited Alpha fabs arrived this morning - check ‘em out…

snickerdoodle Alpha program PCBs

the fabs - which look spectacular - complete our giant pile of parts…

snickerdoodle Alpha program parts

and at the time of this writing, it’s official: Alpha assembly is underway!

We did suffer a couple frustrating setbacks over the last couple weeks (including fab delays and a bunch of ICs needing to be replaced as a result of them coming loose in the trays they were shipped in - which, of course, were only available from our vendor’s overseas stock…). But things are back on track and we’re moving in the right direction again: forward.

As far as next steps and timing goes, here’s the rundown:

Step 1 - receive fist batch (qty. 10) of assembled PCBs (ETA: Feb. 19)
Step 2 - run through full bring up and ’torture testing’ (1-2 weeks)
Step 3 - receive balance of assembled Alpha PCBs (ETA: Mar. 4 - Mar. 11)
Step 4 - ship out Alpha units…YAY! (est. Mar. 7 - Mar. 14)

We’ll keep everyone up to speed on the progress of each step and we should have more updates on the rest of the build (the remaining snickerdoodle and baseboard preorders) sometime in the next couple weeks.

Stay tuned…


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snickerdoodle one

Dual-Core 667MHz ARM Cortex-A9 w/430K ASIC gates, 155 reconfigurable I/O, 512MB LPDDR2 RAM, 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi. Only available with connectors up (benchtop).


snickerdoodle black

Dual-Core 866 MHz ARM Cortex-A9 w/1.3M ASIC gates, 180 reconfigurable I/O, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11n 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Classic & BLE, copperHead heat sink, free SDSoC license.


breakyBreaky breakout board

Full snickerdoodle pinout (270 pins) on 0.1” headers, JTAG connector, DC power jack. Note: order your snickerdoodle connectors "down".


piSmasher SBC

HDMI in AND out, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 4x USB 2.0 high-speed, audio line in/out, headset, 25 reconfigurable I/O, DC power jack. Note: order your snickerdoodle connectors "down".


12V/36W International Wall Wart

36W/12V wall-mount power supply for use with snickerdoodle baseboards.


cookieJar enclosure

A beautiful enclosure machined out of 6061 aluminum, bead blasted, anodized, and laser engraved. Also serves as heat sink. Note: this enclosure is only compatible with connectors “up” snickerdoodle.


pin housings + jumpers

All seven mating snickerdoodle connectors and a 50-pack of (loose) jumpers - see below for jumper description for benchtop-prototyping; no baseboard needed.


jumpers (150 pack)

7.5" (19cm) long with Samtec pins on one end (for installing into pin housings, above) and 0.1" female “maker” pins/housings on the other. Note: includes jumpers (150 pack) only.


32GB microSD card (pre-loaded)

32GB U3 Speed Class microSD card pre-loaded with snickerdoodle Ubuntu Linux.


ten sets of baseboard headers

Ten sets of all seven connectors needed for building your own snickerdoodle baseboard; mates with snickerdoodle connectors “down”.

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