It’s been like forever since we’ve highlighted a Gadgeteer project or news! You thought it was dead? Nope! It’s alive and well…

What? You’ve forgotten what Gadgeteer and the .NET Micro Framework was all about?

Introducing .NET Gadgeteer!

Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio or Visual Studio Express. .NET Gadgeteer combines the advantages of object-oriented programming, solderless assembly of electronics with a kit of peripherals, and support for quick form-factor construction using computer-aided design. This powerful combination allows embedded and handheld devices to be iteratively designed, built and programmed in a matter of hours rather than days or weeks. Here is a video description of the platform –

The .NET Gadgeteer project is an open collaboration between Microsoft, hardware manufactures, and end users. This website is targeted at those interested in developing .NET Gadgeteer-compatible mainboards and modules. If you are interested in buying and using .NET Gadgeteer compatible hardware, have a look at our website at If you already have hardware and are looking for support or installers, then please visit the hardware vendor’s website.

What is the .NET Micro Framework?

.NET Micro Framework is an open source platform that enables you to write managed code C# applications using Visual Studio for resource constrained embedded devices. .NET Micro Framework is open sourced by Microsoft Open Technologies.

What is .NET Micro Framework used for?

.NET Micro Framework can be used to build embedded devices on resourced constrained devices running on a microcontroller with just a few hundred kilobytes of RAM and storage. Developers can use Visual Studio, C# and .NET knowledge to quickly write embedded applications without having to worry about the intricacies of each microcontroller. A developer can purchase a .NET Micro Framework compatible board, connect the board to their development computer running Visual Studio and start writing applications for physical devices. No extensive knowledge of hardware design is needed to get started writing code for physical devices.

Now the news!

Release of the GHI Electronics NETMF and Gadgeteer 2016 R1 SDK!

We are excited to announce the release of the GHI Electronics NETMF and Gadgeteer 2016 R1 SDK. We have worked hard over the last few months to provide a very stable and user friendly SDK. Some of the major things in this release include:

– CDC over USB client on G30
– EMX, G120, and G400 can now update TinyBooter though In-Field Update
– G400 now uses the new GHI Bootloader to update TinyBooter
– Networking improvements in SSL, Accept, and Read
– The default debug interface is now controllable
– Legacy Gadgeteer mainboards and boards in GHI.Pins no longer warn about being obsolete
– Signed USB CDC drivers are now included when using the default VID and PID
– The USB drivers are now optional for the GHI Bootloader on Windows 10 and for Micro

Framework on all supported systems
– BrainPad project templates are included for C# and Visual Basic
– PPP now works with more modems
– WiFi RS9110 is now more recoverable when corrupt
– SPI displays on G80 and Cerberus can now use custom widths and heights

No changes have been introduced since pre-release 2. The release notes show the combined changes of all the pre-releases for this SDK

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