Workshop Update for December 19th, 2012

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 in Workshop Update by DP


We finished tomorrow’s video a day early. Refining wholesale order process to make it easier on the awesome resellers who work with us.

We finished yesterdays squared sized Sick of Beige case render.

We made a quick revision of Bus Pirate v3.6 with micro USB instead of the mini-b USB connector. We continue with the breadboard power supply design.

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5 Responses to “Workshop Update for December 19th, 2012”

  1. Sleepwalker3 says:

    Micro USB instead of a mini? Why? Aren’t they a lot easier to break off the board? I’ve got plenty of stuff with mini, fortunately not much with Micro. Does this mean Seeed will soon be selling ones with micro?

    • Ian says:

      All good points. We’re going to try one out with this connector, it may not become the version sold at Seeed. Our friend Yoshi in Japan is working on a Bus Pirate for the .jp market and preferred this connector. There are much cooler cables available for microB too because (as I understand) the EU pushed manufacturers to volunteer to standardize on microB for charging.

      • Sleepwalker3 says:

        I heard (US TV news which we get down-under in the early hours) that the EU actually made it law, that the phone manufacturers had to make it available in USB, but I can’t recall if they stated what size. Apparently Apple was forced to make an adaptor for the new Iphone to allow this and it’s ONLY sold to the EU markets, apparently they refused to sell the US, etc. markets.

      • Ian says:

        I read about that adapter too, probably the slashdot comments or somewhere similarly trashy. Not sure if it was required or not, though since when can’t you take everything a /. troll says for doctrine :)

  2. Sleepwalker3 says:

    I saw this story on the TV, but I found it written up on the NBC news site too.

    Amongst other stuff it says –
    “A micro USB port rather than a proprietary connector
    If you’re like me, you have a drawer full of USB cables and, if you can’t find one, you can always buy another on any street corner. When you upgrade from an old phone to a new one, you can still use the same old wires and charging plugs, because micro USB is a standard. In fact, the European Union requires phone manufacturers to use micro USB for charging, because it reduces waste as users hold on to their old cables rather than tossing them in a landfill.

    Unfortunately, the iPhone 5 uses a proprietary connector it calls “Lightning” instead of standard micro USB, but gets around the EU regulation by offering an adapter.Why not just use micro USB like every other company? Then you couldn’t make a mint selling proprietary wires and making every iPhone 4S owner that upgrades buy new accessories, because older iPhones had an even larger proprietary dock connector.”

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