- By: Ken Gracey Published: 10 January, 2014 8 comments
You’ve all made tremendous contributions to the Parallax community through the years. You’ve enabled Parallax to continue our Propeller 2 Research and Development by providing most of what the community needs to use Propeller 1. Your efforts include developing the C compiler, translating OpenSpin, specifying the Propeller 2 design, numerous WizNet examples, the MacBS2 program, the SIDE C programming environment, educational curriculum, over a dozen established programming languages, and a huge number of hardware and projects. These efforts always have organic roots fueled from your interests, and many of them don’t have any support from Parallax.
- That multicore embedded programming should be interrupt-free, software-configurable, deterministic and with a rewardingly fast prototype cycle;
- That the tools, code and projects should inspire and enable your personal efforts, so you can make whatever you want from what we offer;
- Supporting educational customers means inspiring embedded education; and
- Move our attention from a state of lament about delayed Propeller 2 releases to an active and positive one that recognizes Propeller 1’s capabilities are far from being reached for most of us.
- Help us reach the early adopter goal of 1,000 people using FPGAs the day Propeller 2 is released. This will help prove the core to be free of bugs, to speed the Propeller 2 OBEX selection, to support early compiler and interpreter development efforts, and ultimately moves our customer design-in cycle forward by many months (a big benefit to Parallax). Our own FPGA board is in design - more on this later.
- Applications that cross into other disciplines like music, entertainment and art, open science equipment, renewable energy and alternative fuel sources, remote internet connectivity;
- Programming tools, including IDEs, interfaces to other single-board computers (rasp, Arduino, etc.), operating systems (Linux, Mac, Windows), and hardware platforms;
- Provide a better home for Chip’s requests for design input on Propeller 2;
- Scoping out product revisions for our open hardware, like improvements to the S2 robot; and
- FPGA projects around Propeller 1, 2 and 3 in which we share the core binary and maybe much more.
- Being able to share your efforts, and having them recognized;
- Using the projects, code or hardware produced for your own purposes; and
- Contributing to the Propeller community, and building the excitement as we prepare for Propeller 2.
What else do we hope to accomplish?