[DISCUSSION] Hardware Feature Requests

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Jeff_Birt
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Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:12 pm

I think first you have to ask what problem does the Latte Panda server, or what market segment does it fit into. IMHO, it is an embedded PC which is destined to do things that embedded PCs do. It is NOT a desktop PC with I7 power, or a mail server, or something you are going to use with multiple Ethernet ports, gigbit Ethernet, etc. You are not going to fit umpteen Ethernet of USB3 connectors on this form factor. There are micro-itx boards that are more 'PC' like that do these things already.

Having the Ardunio co-processor onboard is very unique. In the embedded realm it allows for the easy implementation of things like operator front panel controls, process I/O, etc. This is a real strength IMHO and should be leveraged, provide lots of examples.

One big improvement, that has already been mentioned is to be able to use remotely mounted power/reset switches. I find myself accidently hitting the switches a lot when trying to plug cables in.

I have had my Panda running a CNC mill with Mach 4 already and will next experiment with using the Arduino I/O from within a Mach 4 plug-in. It is a great sized board for embedded applications like this, or a kiosk, etc.

I would also suggest that developer involvement on this form is essential. Don't let days go by with unanswered questions. This gives the impression that a new product, such as this, may not be long lived. Think of it like planting grass, initially it requires a lot of car and watering. After the grass matures (the LattePanda community) then less direct care is required.

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Lefti1
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Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:42 pm

A gigabyte Ethernet cable
Upgraded CPU
I don't know if I am a Windows 10 fan - but so far I have been using it as a general PC and emulation, so maybe I'm not getting the most out of it, I'm learning
Wi-Fi could have had better range it works nice sitting right next to the router

Cooling was an easy fix
I prefer using usb powered fan on an powered usb hub so it's not drawing extra power through the board, and raspberry pi heatsinks on the heat sheild

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LattePanda
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Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:23 am

Tweaking the title of this thread slightly.
Please post hardware related feature requests or improvements along with reasons why you would like to see them.
Enjoy Tinkering with LattePanda ! :lol:

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pille
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Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:57 am

first at all - i dont have the LP yet but what i have read it doesn't need much more on extensions. as one guy stated - its not a desktop computer and it doesn't do the work of a desktop computer. its more like for monitoring (in my case i will build something to monitor my servers), surveillance, watching videos, easy tasks and automatism for small things.
what i would like to see
1. buttons/LEDs external (reset, start/stop, activity, etc) - already mentioned.
2. faster storage (as i understand its an issue)
3. solving the cooling issue (to keep the profile low, may just place it like only one fan is needed and not both sides)
4. more modules for the 3 Pin thing (the white ones / don't know how they named, for easier access, just plug it and it should work like thermometer, etc_
optionally
1. sata connector (its not needed because its not thought for saving large files)
on the end its nothing for professional use (if not modified like i plan)
2. Linux compatibility (it also would be a great device for Linux - as i read the most part are compatible already)
3. more compatibility with monitors (as i understand the 10 inch monitor doesn't work that easy)
more is not needed and will reflect on the price. than the guys will complain about the price.
however - i am going to order one for now
greetings
PS: keep the good work up, guys

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candura
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Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:36 pm

Internal usb header(s) - either as an additional usb port, or convert one of the existing external port into internal.

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TF
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Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:09 am

We would like to be able to purchase board without any connectors soldered on.
Or at least only the very flat ones soldered.
We want to make a very flat product based on the LP - "cpu board"

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LattePanda
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Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:35 am

TF wrote:We would like to be able to purchase board without any connectors soldered on.
Or at least only the very flat ones soldered.
We want to make a very flat product based on the LP - "cpu board"
for custom inquiries you need to contact lattepanda@outlook.com
Enjoy Tinkering with LattePanda ! :lol:

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rfresh737
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Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:37 am

I'd like to see more Ardunio compatible pins...something along the lines of the Mega2560 would give us some breathing room to do some really awesome projects. Currently, I am so pin limited that I have to add a port expander (MCP23017) to do any real work. Something along the lines the Ardunio Mega with its IO pin count would be very welcomed.

Thanks...

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scorn4society
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Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:25 pm

pille wrote: more modules for the 3 Pin thing (the white ones / don't know how they named, for easier access, just plug it and it should work like thermometer, etc_
optionally
i2c ?

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scorn4society
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Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:27 pm

Would like to purchase ribbon connectors in a more friendly wire-like format.

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