WHAT IS THUNDER IOXBoard?
Thunder IOXBoard is a USB powered development platform for MCU based embedded electronics. It has basic I/O with flexibility that can be offered by Genesis SBuC. Highly recommended for learning tool about programming microcontroller. Sample codes and libraries can be downloaded free.
WHY USE THUNDER IOXBoard?
Thunder IOXBoard provides a quick starting development platform for MCU based embedded electronics system. It can be used as a Starter Kit for learners, or as a development prototype.
To learn the knowledge and skills in embedded programming and hopefully for a high paying job!!!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE OF THUNDER IOXBoard I and IOXBoard Lite?
Thunder IOXBoard I is a full version. Thunder IOXBoard Lite is a strip off version without MCU mounted on it instead it should be used together with Genesis SBuC board. The Lite version doubles as programmer to Genesis SBuC and starter kit.
WHAT IS GENESIS SBuC?
Genesis SBuC is Single Board MicroController with a surface mount MCU mounted in a PCB with 2.54mm pitch female headers. This allows a high pin count SMD MCU to be mounted in a prototyping breadboard.The MCU is preloaded with a customized bootloader can AMBoot. Having AMBoot preloaded on it, Thunder IOXBoard Lite can be used as firmware loader.
WHY USE GENESIS SBuC?
Genesis SBuC enables surface mount MCU to be used in an standard prototyping breadboard and flexibility of Plug-Program Plug-Target. Plug to Thunder IOXBoard Lite to develop and debug your firmware. Then, plug it to the target application (PCB/Bread board) to RUN.
MAY I USE MICROCHIP PROGRAMMERS?
You may use standard Microchip programmers for Thunder IOXBoard and Genesis SBuC. However, you will loose the advantage of having the AMBoot bootloader and Mindloader.
WHAT IS MINDLOADER?
It is a Windows based software application used to load compiled firmware hex files to Thunder IOXBoard 1 or Thunder IOXBoard Lite with Genesis SBuC. This is done through USB interface. It has debug monitoring mode or APPLICATION MODE, to help monitor during run time.
MAY I USE MINDLOADER IN MAC OR LINUX?
Currently Mindloader is being ported to be able to support also for Mac, and Linux.
C MICROCONTROLLER LIBRARIES AND SOURCE CODE LICENSE?
Believe! It's Open Source! These are provided "AS IS" and can be downloaded in the DOWNLOADS page.
WHAT IS AMBoot?
AMBoot is a short name for Advanced Mindlabtech Bootloader. This is the bootloader pre-programed in your Thunder IOXBoard 1 and Genesis SBuC. MINDLOADER is the Software Application to interface AMBoot.
WHY NAME AMBoot?
It's pretty cool!
MAY I HAVE A COPY OF AMBoot?
No. Unfortunately, the intention of AMBoot is for internal use. For security and business interest we cannot provide it to the public. Providing it to public will expose unnecessary risks to our subsequent privately developed products.
MAY I BUILD COMMERCIAL PRODUCT BASED ON THUNDER IOXBoard AND GENESIS SBuC?
Yes. if you are developing your own hardware based on our source codes and libraries, to keep it's further development going, you are requested to mark "powered by mindlabtech.com" in PCB and/or enclosure visible to user. However it is not necessary to if you use mindlabtech.com's hardware.