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We're working on all of the below :) We'll start to design an open source "eLua stamp" as soon as we can, everything else that you mentioned is already in line with eLua's goals.


On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 8:24 PM, John Hind <> wrote:
Independently of the debate about which chip to use, we can learn from the
Basic Stamp and the Arduino "business model":

1. Sell (via commercial partners) a hardware module containing the SOAC chip
already boot-loaded with the Lua system so users can move directly to
application development without additional equipment (such as programmers or

2. This module needs to adapt the surface-mount high-density chips to
breakouts which can be soldered or connected by hobbyists, experimentalists
or prototype builders.

3. End user does not care about the chip - select one (or a few members of a
family) and concentrate on getting that to market at low cost.

4. Make the hardware design open-source as well as the software.

5. Include networking and USB - there has to be a tangible benefit for the
slightly higher price-point.

That's how I see it anyway!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rob Kendrick
Sent: 10 February 2009 17:25
Subject: Re: dsPIC33F Lua support (Was: Advocating Lua on an embedded
systems fair)

On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:19:31 +0200
Asko Kauppi <> wrote:

> Last time I compared PICs and AVR, the later won because it's
> designed for C. This should also make it a better target for Lua.
> Things have changed, of course (this was 5 years ago). Maybe in next
> 5 years we'll finally get a "Lua stamp" = embedded board where Lua
> integration is "included". The board could even be _designed_ with
> Lua in mind. I have suggested this to Atmel (AVR) at the time. In
> case anyone from there still listens.. :)

Look at the STM32 range from ST.  Not /so/ cheap, but very cheerful,
wide range of parts.  32 bit ARM Thumb 2 core, USB, CAN, RTC,
timers, serial ports, ADCs, etc etc etc.  Available with Flash/RAM sizes
ranging from 16kb/6kB up to 512kB/64kB.  Also well supported by GCC.

I have a few STM32 development boards here; I should try to get Lua
going on them; it should work great.