The Quail Board is an STM32-powered development solution for building hardware prototypes with Click Board™s and C# managed code. It brings together Click Board™s and Microsoft's .NET Micro Framework for embedded devices (NETMF).
Quail is an STM32-powered development solution for building hardware prototypes with Click Board™s and C# managed code. It brings together Click Board™s and Microsoft's .NET Micro Framework for embedded devices (NETMF).
Write code for your Quail projects in Microsoft Visual Studio (free in the community edition); drivers for individual Click Board™ boards are provided by the mikroBUS.NET team.
Hardware-wise, Quail has 4 mikroBUS sockets for Click Board™ connectivity, along with 24 screw terminals for connecting additional electronics and two USB ports (one for programming, the other for external mass storage).
The board runs on a 5V power supply.
A mikroBUS.NET and MikroElektronika Collaboration
The Quail Board is produced by MikroElektronika, but the idea and design of the board was one by mikroBUS.NET, a team of software and hardware professionals from France. The core idea behind Quail was o empower embedded developers with the same modern tools and technologies used by those who develop desktop applications.
On the flip-side, Quail also allows desktop .NET programmers to delve into the world of hardware development, with ease. For more information about the mikroBUS.NET team, visit their site. The page also contains a detailed getting-started guide.
Quail requires three pieces of software to run:.
1) Microsoft .NET Micro framework. Open source platform that enables you to write managed C# code for embedded applications.
2) Visual Studio Community 2013. A full-featured free cross-platform IDE from Microsoft.
Click Board™ Drivers
The mikroBUS.NET team is constantly churning out new NETMF-compatible drivers for Click Board™ boards. So far they've covered about 50 Clicks. Once you installed all the required software you can find individual Click Board™ drivers on the official mikroBUS.NET webpage.
Starting Your First Quail Project
The website also contains a detailed walk-through on how to start a project in Visual Studio, include the necessary drivers and reference the needed assemblies in your source code.
Quail Board User Manual
- Quail Board (1)