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Intel Aero Schematics and "reserved" connectors pinout

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Hello,

I can't locate schematics files for intel Aero and detailed connectors/pinout information (except few connectors described in Getting started guide). Can you please point me to the right direction?

I am trying to design electronic payload for the drone and cant find information I need.

Considering that this is "open source" development kit, absence of schematics and detailed BSP info is uhm.. puzzling, to say politely.

Here is the list of info I am trying to find:

1. Aero board schematics:

1.1. Connections between MAX10 and the rest of the board. I want to be able to modify fpga fabric for my design.

1.2. Detailed pinout of ALL connectors on board, including "reserved for future use". Future is now.

1.3. I would like to have clear understanding about other components on board to utilize it to the max. For example, is there PMIC? How can I do power monitoring and control? Throttling? Deep sleep? Is there fuel(lipo) cell gauge?

1.4. It is very difficult to design/learn around black box.

1.5. I would like to see how IOs of Atom are utilized and if there any way to customize it for my needs, especially high speed links (CSI, LVDS, etc)

2. Aero Flight controller:

1.1. Detailed interface info.

1.2. Detailed flight controller info: capabilities, resolution, what sensors are there,etc. Right now there is next to total zero info on this component.

1.3. Is it third party device? Is it AscTec Trinity ? why so much secrecy around stmicro chip with bunch of sensors on i2c/spi?

Absence of low level technical documentation creates big hurdle for individual and small teams, while its easy to shave PCB layer by layer and reverse engineer it in few days for those who can afford it.

My point here, schematics is not an info that need to be protected. Manufacturing process, software IP, architecture and control is.

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Hello Zubaziga,

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero compute board.

The Intel Aero Compute Board Schematics are not publicly available as the hardware is not open source. You can find a block diagram, connector specifications and the 80-pin IO expansion port pinout in the Intel Aero Compute Board Hardware Feature and Usage Guide. However, certain pins that are marked as "reserved" may or may not be exposed in the future as mentioned on page 2 in the guide. Details around the Atom processor are not publicly available as the processor is not open source, all the available information is included in the guide.

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/aero/intel-aero-compute-boar... https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/aero/intel-aero-compute-boar...

Regarding the Intel Flight Controller included in the Aero RTF Drone, the flight controller information is not publicly available. The flight controller can run PX4 and ArduPilot, similar functionality as the PixHawk flight controller. You can find a high level block diagram on section 6 of the HW features and usage guide.

On the 80-pin IO expansion connector, there are some exposed FPGA GPIO pins that can be used by programming the MAX10 to meet your project's needs. Please take a look at the following wiki article:

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/95-(References)-FPGA https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/95-(References)-FPGA

Regards,

Octavian

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Hello Zubaziga,

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero compute board.

The Intel Aero Compute Board Schematics are not publicly available as the hardware is not open source. You can find a block diagram, connector specifications and the 80-pin IO expansion port pinout in the Intel Aero Compute Board Hardware Feature and Usage Guide. However, certain pins that are marked as "reserved" may or may not be exposed in the future as mentioned on page 2 in the guide. Details around the Atom processor are not publicly available as the processor is not open source, all the available information is included in the guide.

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/aero/intel-aero-compute-boar... https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/aero/intel-aero-compute-boar...

Regarding the Intel Flight Controller included in the Aero RTF Drone, the flight controller information is not publicly available. The flight controller can run PX4 and ArduPilot, similar functionality as the PixHawk flight controller. You can find a high level block diagram on section 6 of the HW features and usage guide.

On the 80-pin IO expansion connector, there are some exposed FPGA GPIO pins that can be used by programming the MAX10 to meet your project's needs. Please take a look at the following wiki article:

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/95-(References)-FPGA https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/95-(References)-FPGA

Regards,

Octavian

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Hello Octavian,

Thank you for clarification, I was not aware that Atom reference info is proprietary and closed to public.

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