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Open Panzer Sound Card v2

2 layer board of 2.87 x 1.37 inches (72.9 x 34.7 mm).
Shared on February 4th, 2018 03:00

The Open Panzer Sound Card is a work in progress with the goal of bringing inexpensive, high quality, and open source sound functionality to RC models but especially to tanks using the Tank Control Board (TCB). The board is actually made up of two components. First, an off-the-shelf PJRC Teensy 3.2 is used as the onboard processor. The Teensy is then plugged into a socket on our custom carrier board that adds a Micro SD card slot (max 32 GB), a Maxim 9768 10 watt mono amplifier, and headers for external connections.

Changes in Version 2 include a 10 watt amp (up from 2.6 watt in V1) and a reverse polarity diode on the voltage input.

Sound Card

Resources

Version 2, updated 2/3/2018

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Open Panzer Sound Card v2

2 layer board of 2.87 x 1.37 inches (72.9 x 34.7 mm).
Shared on February 4th, 2018 03:00

The Open Panzer Sound Card is a work in progress with the goal of bringing inexpensive, high quality, and open source sound functionality to RC models but especially to tanks using the Tank Control Board (TCB). The board is actually made up of two components. First, an off-the-shelf PJRC Teensy 3.2 is used as the onboard processor. The Teensy is then plugged into a socket on our custom carrier board that adds a Micro SD card slot (max 32 GB), a Maxim 9768 10 watt mono amplifier, and headers for external connections.

Changes in Version 2 include a 10 watt amp (up from 2.6 watt in V1) and a reverse polarity diode on the voltage input.

Sound Card

Resources

Version 2, updated 2/3/2018

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Open Panzer Scout ESC (Rev 11)

2 layer board of 1.91 x 2.57 inches (48.6 x 65.3 mm).
Shared on October 31st, 2017 00:37

The Scout ESC is an open-source, dual brushed-motor speed controller that accepts both standard RC inputs or logic-level serial commands. The onboard processor is an ATmega 328 and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE using a standard FTDI cable or adapter. It operates at ultrasonic frequencies (no motor whine), at voltages up to 24 volts, and is rated at 10 amps continuous per channel, but the addition of a fan can increase the current capacity. The Scout has its own onboard fan controller that can drive any standard 12 volt, 2-pin PC case fan (the 40mm size works well). An onboard thermistor also allows the processor to monitor the board temperature.

The Scout was designed with the Open Panzer Tank Control Board (TCB) in mind and requires no special setup in that application other than to plug and play. It is the perfect size for controlling even the heaviest 1/16th scale RC tanks. For more details on connecting the Scout and TCB together see the Serial Motor Controller page of the TCB Wiki.

The Scout can also be used in many other applications including robotics. You can think of it as an open-source variant of the Dimension Engineering Sabertooth 2x12 or the Pololu Qik 2s12v10.

Resources

  • For documentation, instructions, firmware, and a sample Arduino library, see the Scout repository at the Open Panzer GitHub site.
  • For Eagle board files, schematics, and bill of materials, see the Open Panzer Downloads page.

Revision 11 - Uses VNH5019 motor driver ICs

Scout ESC

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Open Panzer Scout ESC (Rev 11)

2 layer board of 1.91 x 2.57 inches (48.6 x 65.3 mm).
Shared on October 31st, 2017 00:37

The Scout ESC is an open-source, dual brushed-motor speed controller that accepts both standard RC inputs or logic-level serial commands. The onboard processor is an ATmega 328 and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE using a standard FTDI cable or adapter. It operates at ultrasonic frequencies (no motor whine), at voltages up to 24 volts, and is rated at 10 amps continuous per channel, but the addition of a fan can increase the current capacity. The Scout has its own onboard fan controller that can drive any standard 12 volt, 2-pin PC case fan (the 40mm size works well). An onboard thermistor also allows the processor to monitor the board temperature.

The Scout was designed with the Open Panzer Tank Control Board (TCB) in mind and requires no special setup in that application other than to plug and play. It is the perfect size for controlling even the heaviest 1/16th scale RC tanks. For more details on connecting the Scout and TCB together see the Serial Motor Controller page of the TCB Wiki.

The Scout can also be used in many other applications including robotics. You can think of it as an open-source variant of the Dimension Engineering Sabertooth 2x12 or the Pololu Qik 2s12v10.

Resources

  • For documentation, instructions, firmware, and a sample Arduino library, see the Scout repository at the Open Panzer GitHub site.
  • For Eagle board files, schematics, and bill of materials, see the Open Panzer Downloads page.

Revision 11 - Uses VNH5019 motor driver ICs

Scout ESC

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Open Panzer Sound Card

2 layer board of 2.87 x 1.37 inches (72.9 x 34.7 mm).
Shared on April 22nd, 2017 21:47

The Open Panzer Sound Card is a work in progress with the goal of bringing inexpensive, high quality, and open source sound functionality to RC models but especially to tanks using the Tank Control Board (TCB). The board is actually made up of two components. First, an off-the-shelf PJRC Teensy 3.2 is used as the onboard processor. The Teensy is then plugged into a socket on our custom carrier board that adds a Micro SD card slot (max 32 GB), an additional 16 MB of flash memory, an LM48310 2.6 watt audio amplifier, and headers for external connections.

Sound Card

Resources

Version 1, updated 4/10/2017

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Open Panzer Sound Card

2 layer board of 2.87 x 1.37 inches (72.9 x 34.7 mm).
Shared on April 22nd, 2017 21:47

The Open Panzer Sound Card is a work in progress with the goal of bringing inexpensive, high quality, and open source sound functionality to RC models but especially to tanks using the Tank Control Board (TCB). The board is actually made up of two components. First, an off-the-shelf PJRC Teensy 3.2 is used as the onboard processor. The Teensy is then plugged into a socket on our custom carrier board that adds a Micro SD card slot (max 32 GB), an additional 16 MB of flash memory, an LM48310 2.6 watt audio amplifier, and headers for external connections.

Sound Card

Resources

Version 1, updated 4/10/2017

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Open Panzer Scout ESC (Rev 10)

2 layer board of 1.91 x 2.57 inches (48.6 x 65.3 mm).
Shared on March 5th, 2017 20:36

The Scout ESC is an open-source, dual brushed-motor speed controller that accepts both standard RC inputs or logic-level serial commands. The onboard processor is an ATmega 328 and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE using a standard FTDI cable or adapter. It operates at ultrasonic frequencies (no motor whine), at voltages up to 16 volts, and is rated at 10 amps continuous per channel, but the addition of a fan can increase the current capacity. The Scout has its own onboard fan controller that can drive any standard 12 volt, 2-pin PC case fan (the 40mm size works well). An onboard thermistor also allows the processor to monitor the board temperature.

The Scout was designed with the Open Panzer Tank Control Board (TCB) in mind and requires no special setup in that application other than to plug and play. It is the perfect size for controlling even the heaviest 1/16th scale RC tanks. For more details on connecting the Scout and TCB together see the Serial Motor Controller page of the TCB Wiki.

The Scout can also be used in many other applications including robotics. You can think of it as an open-source variant of the Dimension Engineering Sabertooth 2x12 or the Pololu Qik 2s12v10.

Resources

  • For documentation, instructions, firmware, and a sample Arduino library, see the Scout repository at the Open Panzer GitHub site.
  • For Eagle board files, schematics, and bill of materials, see the Open Panzer Downloads page.

Revision 10 - Uses the now-discontinued VNH2SP30 motor driver ICs (still available on eBay and AliExpress)
1/ 4/2017 - Version 10 Created
1/22/2017 - adjust silkscreen
2/ 5/2017 - adjust silkscreen
3/ 5/2017 - Adjust cream on motor chips for easier hand stenciling, adjust pads on screw terminals for easier hand-soldering.

Scout ESC

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Open Panzer Scout ESC (Rev 10)

2 layer board of 1.91 x 2.57 inches (48.6 x 65.3 mm).
Shared on March 5th, 2017 20:36

The Scout ESC is an open-source, dual brushed-motor speed controller that accepts both standard RC inputs or logic-level serial commands. The onboard processor is an ATmega 328 and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE using a standard FTDI cable or adapter. It operates at ultrasonic frequencies (no motor whine), at voltages up to 16 volts, and is rated at 10 amps continuous per channel, but the addition of a fan can increase the current capacity. The Scout has its own onboard fan controller that can drive any standard 12 volt, 2-pin PC case fan (the 40mm size works well). An onboard thermistor also allows the processor to monitor the board temperature.

The Scout was designed with the Open Panzer Tank Control Board (TCB) in mind and requires no special setup in that application other than to plug and play. It is the perfect size for controlling even the heaviest 1/16th scale RC tanks. For more details on connecting the Scout and TCB together see the Serial Motor Controller page of the TCB Wiki.

The Scout can also be used in many other applications including robotics. You can think of it as an open-source variant of the Dimension Engineering Sabertooth 2x12 or the Pololu Qik 2s12v10.

Resources

  • For documentation, instructions, firmware, and a sample Arduino library, see the Scout repository at the Open Panzer GitHub site.
  • For Eagle board files, schematics, and bill of materials, see the Open Panzer Downloads page.

Revision 10 - Uses the now-discontinued VNH2SP30 motor driver ICs (still available on eBay and AliExpress)
1/ 4/2017 - Version 10 Created
1/22/2017 - adjust silkscreen
2/ 5/2017 - adjust silkscreen
3/ 5/2017 - Adjust cream on motor chips for easier hand stenciling, adjust pads on screw terminals for easier hand-soldering.

Scout ESC

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Open Panzer TCB Mk1 Rev 23

2 layer board of 3.89 x 2.07 inches (98.8 x 52.6 mm).
Shared on December 26th, 2016 00:41

This is the Open Panzer TCB (Tank Control Board). It is a highly-capable and flexible control board designed specifically for RC model tanks, but also suitable for halftracks, cars, or even battleships. The hardware is based on an ATmega 2560 processor and the firmware consists of an Arduino sketch as well as various C++ libraries.

All Open Panzer projects are fully open source, both hardware and software. For more information on this device and the project, see the OpenPanzer.org website.

For bill of materials, Eagle board files, and schematics for the TCB, see the Open Panzer Downloads page.

A compiled hex of the latest TCB firmware can also be found on the same Downloads page. For the actual source code, see the TCB repository at our GitHub site.

Revision 23, updated 12/25/2016

TCB

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Open Panzer TCB Mk1 Rev 23

2 layer board of 3.89 x 2.07 inches (98.8 x 52.6 mm).
Shared on December 26th, 2016 00:41

This is the Open Panzer TCB (Tank Control Board). It is a highly-capable and flexible control board designed specifically for RC model tanks, but also suitable for halftracks, cars, or even battleships. The hardware is based on an ATmega 2560 processor and the firmware consists of an Arduino sketch as well as various C++ libraries.

All Open Panzer projects are fully open source, both hardware and software. For more information on this device and the project, see the OpenPanzer.org website.

For bill of materials, Eagle board files, and schematics for the TCB, see the Open Panzer Downloads page.

A compiled hex of the latest TCB firmware can also be found on the same Downloads page. For the actual source code, see the TCB repository at our GitHub site.

Revision 23, updated 12/25/2016

TCB

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