The latest Arduino format board from Technological Arts is implemented with a full-featured Freescale S12 microcontroller having Flash, EEPROM, and SRAM memories, SCI, SPI, and CAN communications subsystems, dual 8-bit DACs, sophisticated 16-bit timer channels, PWM, and multi-channel 12-bit analog-to-digital conversion capability. EsduinoXtreme brings these features within easy reach of engineers, educators, and hobbyists. Unlike other "hobby" boards which may use sub-standard parts and undergo minimal testing, EsduinoXtreme is manufactured to industrial specs and is suitable for OEM use.
This guide provides basic setup and operation instructions for EsduinoXtreme. Included are both the hardware and software information needed to get the board working with a variety of programming languages and development tools. The first step in preparing to use EsduinoXtreme is to read through this manual, before attempting to apply power to the device.
WARNING: The board contains electrostatic sensitive components, and it is recommended that standard electrostatic precautions be taken when handling the module. There does not have to be a visible spark for a dangerous voltage to affect the electronics. Just walking accross a carpet on a dry day is enough to build up a potentially damaging amount of static charge. Recommended precautions include using a wrist grounding strap and/or a grounded workstation. The module can also be installed in a protective housing to keep it isolated from undesired external voltage sources.