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    Default E682

    I saw this info on DIY from Jim St.Johnz

    http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...ducts&p=216652

    The SanDevices E681 pixel controller is being replaced by a newer design, cleverly named the E682. There are 3 primary differences between the E681 and E682:

    The E682 uses the WIZ820 ethernet controller. This unit has 8 hardware sockets, compared to 4 on the WIZ812 used on the E681. This hardware is capable of supporting (eventually) up to 8 universes of E1.31. The initial firmware release will support 5 universes, plus have a dedicated socket for the web interface, eliminating the existing conflict between using the 4th E1.31 socket and the web access simultaneously.

    5 E1.31 Universes will allow the board to be populated with a full complement of 16 50-pixel strings. As the ethernet driver is refined, it is anticipated that additional universes will be supported with a future firmware update.

    Another new feature of the E682 is 2-wire balanced outputs. This feature is jumper-selectable on a cluster basis, and allows the outputs to be reconfigured so the clock pin becomes data-. That gives the capability of outputting multiple 2-wire DMX universes that have the standard data+/data- format. These outputs will also be able to be configured as Renard outputs, although that probably won't be included in the initial firmware release. Also, if you're using 3-wire pixels (data only, no clock), this feature will allow you to drive longer lines to the pixels, as long as there is a 2-wire line receiver on the far end.

    Potentially this allows compatibility with "smart strings" as well.

    The board size is unchanged, but the mounting hole arrangement has been modified slightly to be compatible with the new style of the CG-1500 enclosures.

    The present stock of E681s is nearly exhausted, although there are a few assembled units remaining. Future orders will be filled with the E682 and shipments are expected to begin late this week or early next week. The initial run was 100 PC boards, and the majority of those are already spoken for.

    At this time pricing is expected to be the same as the E681, possibly a few dollars more due to a slight increase in parts cost.


    For existing E680/E681 owners, we will be offering an upgrade kit that will convert the E680/E681 to the new ethernet controller, adding the capability for additional universes. This will be applicable to E680s that have the socketed ethernet modules. E680s with soldered wiznet modules will probably have to be returned to sandevices for modification. These adapters should be available within 2 weeks, as PC board only or assembled with ethernet module, exact pricing not yet determined.

    Finally, for the non-DIYers, we expect to offer a 'turnkey' controller within the next 2 weeks that will consist of an E682 mounted in a waterproof enclosure with a power supply (5V or 12V), and pre-wired waterproof cables for attaching pixel strings. The unit will also come with an outdoor-rated AC power cord, and will include the mating cables to attach to your pixels. The end user will only need to purchase pixel strings, and wire them to the provided cables, the rest is plug and play. Multiple options will be available (5V or 12V power, with or without a built-in ethernet switch).

    Full product details will be on the web site shortly.

    Picture of the E682 to follow.
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    Default Re: E682

    At this rate, I'll just wait until they release the E685.
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    Default Re: E682

    Dang .. just shot my investment in my "extra" E681 in the head ..
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    Default Re: E682

    I love the upgrade path for those wanting more channels.

    Got to love competition, this is what helps drive developments and helps move our hobby ahead. Who knows what we will be seeing next year from Jim at Sandevices and Ed from J1SYS, 2 very talented guys who are really pushing the limits of pixel control within this hobby
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