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"Maker board"

Started by Steve Pope March 4, 2017
I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. 
references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards".

What exactly is a Maker board?  I gather it's not a brand name,
but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something.
Is there a specific meaning?  

Steve
On 3/4/2017 10:35 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. > references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards". > > What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, > but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. > Is there a specific meaning?
Embedded CPU/MCU boards. -- Rick C
rickman  <gnuarm@gmail.com> wrote:

>On 3/4/2017 10:35 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
>> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. >> references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards". >> >> What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, >> but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. >> Is there a specific meaning?
>Embedded CPU/MCU boards.
Yes, but these have been around for decades without anyone calling them "Maker boards". Steve
On Sun, 5 Mar 2017 05:03:47 +0000 (UTC), spope33@speedymail.org (Steve
Pope) wrote:

>rickman <gnuarm@gmail.com> wrote: > >>On 3/4/2017 10:35 PM, Steve Pope wrote: > >>> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. >>> references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards". >>> >>> What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, >>> but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. >>> Is there a specific meaning? > >>Embedded CPU/MCU boards. > >Yes, but these have been around for decades without anyone calling >them "Maker boards". > >Steve
It's part of the "maker movement" or "maker culture" where people make stuff instead of buy it. I like that people are interested in making things again. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. https://www.avast.com/antivirus
<eric.jacobsen@ieee.org> wrote:

>On Sun, 5 Mar 2017 05:03:47 +0000 (UTC), spope33@speedymail.org (Steve
>Pope) wrote: > >>rickman <gnuarm@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>On 3/4/2017 10:35 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
>>>> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. >>>> references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards".
>>>> What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, >>>> but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. >>>> Is there a specific meaning?
>>>Embedded CPU/MCU boards.
>>Yes, but these have been around for decades without anyone calling >>them "Maker boards".
>It's part of the "maker movement" or "maker culture" where people make >stuff instead of buy it. I like that people are interested in making >things again.
If so it's a re-branding .. and a bit paradoxical. We used to design our own CPU/MPU boards not purchase them. Because, we likes to roll our own unlike the modern-breed "Makers". Heck, we'd wind our own transformers. And .. and .. well you get the point. S.
On 3/5/2017 12:30 AM, Steve Pope wrote:
> <eric.jacobsen@ieee.org> wrote: > >> On Sun, 5 Mar 2017 05:03:47 +0000 (UTC), spope33@speedymail.org (Steve > >> Pope) wrote: >> >>> rickman <gnuarm@gmail.com> wrote: > >>>> On 3/4/2017 10:35 PM, Steve Pope wrote: > >>>>> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. >>>>> references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards". > >>>>> What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, >>>>> but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. >>>>> Is there a specific meaning? > >>>> Embedded CPU/MCU boards. > >>> Yes, but these have been around for decades without anyone calling >>> them "Maker boards". > >> It's part of the "maker movement" or "maker culture" where people make >> stuff instead of buy it. I like that people are interested in making >> things again. > > If so it's a re-branding .. and a bit paradoxical. We used to design > our own CPU/MPU boards not purchase them. Because, we likes to roll our > own unlike the modern-breed "Makers". > > Heck, we'd wind our own transformers. And .. and .. well you > get the point.
Yeah, you likely make your CPUs with relays, but we don't do that anymore either. ;) It's a bit difficult to make your own PCBs using BGAs and stacked package RAM. I don't think I would want to make a Beagle Bone board professionally much less at home. -- Rick C
We could use a bit more "maker" orientation in our schools ...

https://youtu.be/aIhk9eKOLzQ

Bob
On 03/04/2017 11:30 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
> <eric.jacobsen@ieee.org> wrote: > >> On Sun, 5 Mar 2017 05:03:47 +0000 (UTC), spope33@speedymail.org (Steve > >> Pope) wrote: >> >>> rickman <gnuarm@gmail.com> wrote: > >>>> On 3/4/2017 10:35 PM, Steve Pope wrote: > >>>>> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. >>>>> references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards". > >>>>> What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, >>>>> but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. >>>>> Is there a specific meaning? > >>>> Embedded CPU/MCU boards. > >>> Yes, but these have been around for decades without anyone calling >>> them "Maker boards". > >> It's part of the "maker movement" or "maker culture" where people make >> stuff instead of buy it. I like that people are interested in making >> things again. > > If so it's a re-branding .. and a bit paradoxical. We used to design > our own CPU/MPU boards not purchase them. Because, we likes to roll > our own unlike the modern-breed "Makers". > > Heck, we'd wind our own transformers. And .. and .. well you > get the point. >
My father told stories of making 10 micro-farad capacitors in 10 gallon fish tanks. Believe the working voltage may have ~100 to 200V. Don't recall the dielectric. His stories dated to the late 20's and early 30's.
Steve Pope wrote:
> I've recently seen in job listings, contract requirements etc. > references to desiring engineers who are "experienced with Maker boards". > > What exactly is a Maker board? I gather it's not a brand name, > but some general concept ... it sounds a little new-age or something. > Is there a specific meaning? > > Steve >
Arduinos and Raspberry Pi are market leaders in "maker" market space. "Maker" is a sort of movement where kids learn electronics in a club environment using these and small breadboard-style peripherals. If the codicil to the ads is a filter for da yout' then interpret that as you see fit. If it's trying to see if you have an open mind, then that's different. -- Les Cargill
On Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:16:51 AM UTC-5, radam...@gmail.com wrote:
> We could use a bit more "maker" orientation in our schools ... >=20 > https://youtu.be/aIhk9eKOLzQ >=20
yeah, i coulda benefited from that. we had some of this in college, but th= at was back in the days of 1/4 watt resistors and 0.1" spacing on the IC pi= ns. how can you do "maker" stuff with modern ICs having hundreds of pins? you = need to have a PC fab facility that you can download your PCB CAD files to. that's what these maker places (like https://artisansasylum.com/ in Sommerv= ille MA or https://generatorvt.com/ in Burlington VT) need to have. the ab= ility to make PC boards and mount modern MPU or DSP (and other chips with f= ewer pins) and tiny-little resistors onto. and, at least, 4 layers. and maybe a manner to independently program some FLASH memory like we used = to the old EPROMs to put on boot code. if it only costs like $20 + parts/supplies to spin a board, and when it doe= sn't work to spin another one right away with as little waste as possible, = that might make it easy for experimenters to experiment. r b-j