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Saying goodbye to an old friend...FEZ Hydra

Posted 1yr ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Posted 1yr ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Born in 2012, the FEZ Hydra was the most powerful, EAGLE designed, OSHW open source, GCC capable, NETMF board. Selling at near cost, it is a great way to dig into the porting kit and start learning the internals of NETMF. Unfortunately, NETMF 4.3 is where the road ends for the beloved FEZ Hydra. With great respect, we have to say goodbye.

However, we can't just say goodbye, we have to say goodbye in true nerd fashion! We are gathering ideas for a retirement celebration for our old friend. Maybe create a last time buy special edition? Maybe a FEZ Hydra contest? We are sure that you will have many ideas on how we can do this.

Please note, although the FEZ Hydra is retiring, the three-headed beast can be resurrected using the GCC compiling instructions found below.

FEZ Hydra: https://www.ghielectronics.com/catalog/product/530
GCC Compile Instructions: https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/328/building-the-fez-hydra-firmware
Open Firmware: https://bitbucket.org/ghi_elect/netmf-open-firmware
Reply #1 — Posted 1yr ago
by ianlee74 | Superhuman | 127,688 exp
Reply #1 — Posted 1yr ago
by ianlee74 | Superhuman | 127,688 exp
Cry
Reply #2 — Posted 1yr ago
by Duke Nukem | Legend | 67,053 exp
Reply #2 — Posted 1yr ago
by Duke Nukem | Legend | 67,053 exp
My Hydras have served me well, but those new mainboards are pretty sweet, so let the progress continue. A worthy farewell is in order however.
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Reply #3 — Posted 1yr ago
by Squeebee | Senior | 3,885 exp
Reply #3 — Posted 1yr ago
by Squeebee | Senior | 3,885 exp
Can I just be the first to say... Hail Hydra!
Reply #4 — Posted 1yr ago
by mtylerjr | King | 24,672 exp
Reply #4 — Posted 1yr ago
by mtylerjr | King | 24,672 exp
What about the Hydra Plus?
Reply #5 — Posted 1yr ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #5 — Posted 1yr ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
mtylerjr says:
What about the Hydra Plus?

Hydra + is the current version and going to retirement home as well.
Reply #6 — Posted 1yr ago
by Designer | King | 24,688 exp
Reply #6 — Posted 1yr ago
by Designer | King | 24,688 exp
Will there be a replacement ? If no, I have some ideas.
Reply #7 — Posted 1yr ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #7 — Posted 1yr ago
by Gary_ghielectroncs | Employee
Rajesh says:
Will there be a replacement ? If no, I have some ideas.

What are your ideas?
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Reply #8 — Posted 1yr ago (modified)
by Designer | King | 24,688 exp
Reply #8 — Posted 1yr ago (modified)
by Designer | King | 24,688 exp
GHI makes great products, I appreciate and respect all your offers that are closed source.

However I felt that the Hydra was the biggest contribution to the NETMF community by GHI. Hydra provided everything to work with the NETMF core (aka Porting kit). I have learnt a lot and done a lot with this board and am sure that many others in the community have the same thoughts to share. Not to mention the amount of fun I have had with Linux on this board.

If this board goes away, it is going to create a void for some of us and I am not happy to know that there will be no continuity for the NETMF 4.4 and beyond.

I can use the STM32 Discovery board but there is no open reference implementation supporting LCD and external memory.

I on behalf of the community request GHI to offer a open source option that people can use with the stock NETMF firmware. Something that is similar to the Kiel board that the NETMF team uses as the reference board.

It may not be possible to copy the board but I am sure GHI can create something similar with the same STM micro, flash, RAM, PHY, LCD.

I am hoping that the pricing can be right as not as exorbitant as the Kiel board.

GHI need not support the board with firmware, users should head over to the NETMF Git to get what they need.

I was sad to see the support for Cerb go away and now the Hydra too Sad

Thank you GHI for everything you have done so far. I am sure that you are taking the best business decisions and the community will support you no matter what Smiley
Reply #9 — Posted 1yr ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
Reply #9 — Posted 1yr ago
by Gus_ghielectroncs | Employee
@Rajesh - something right from the porting kit, you said it right Smiley

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