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What is a Creator Ci40?

The Creator Ci40 IoT hub is a powerful development board powered by a snappy cXT200 chip that runs OpenWrt, Debian or other GNU/Linux distributions. Apart from the innovative dual-core, multi-threaded CPU and RAM memory, the Ci40 dev board packs an impressive connectivity package, including 802.15.4 6LoWPAN,Ensigma 802.11 ac 2×2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. Having the wireless base-band integrated on chip reduces overall power consumption and boosts performance for IoT applications.

What are the differences between models?

Refer to this document for an overview of the differences between versions of Ci40, and how to identify which version you have.

What's in the box when I get with my Creator Ci40 Board?

The Ci40 box comes with:
1 x Creator Ci40 Board
1 x Micro USB Cable

What's in the box when I get with my Creator Ci40 IoT Kit?

The Ci40 IoT Kit box comes with:
1 x Creator Ci40 Board
2 x 6LoWPAN Clicker Boards
1 x Thermo 3 Sensor Click Board
1 x Motion (PIR) Sensor Click Board
1 x Relay Click Board

How do I get started with my Ci40?

The first thing to do is connect, power and boot up your board. There are some step-by-step video tutorials here. For software including the latest OpenWRT, visit out GitHub here. It would also help to look through our Ci40 Hardware User Guide.

How can I power my Ci40?

The Ci40 can be powered in one of two ways: using the microUSB port  or with a power supply. If powering the board alone, e.g. using as a hub, then it can be powered via USB without a need for an additional external power supply.

You can also get more power by using a mains-USB plug such as from you mobile phone. If not connected to a USB source or if using many periferal including the expansion ports (MikroE Clicks or RaspberryPi B+), you will probably need a power supply.

Using a power supply, we recommmend a 9V 3A DC PSU.

What voltage does my Ci40 run at?

Ci40 runs at 5V. A 9v input is stepped down from 9v to 5v so that a general purpose 9v dc supply can be used to power the board. The buck convertor will accept a range of voltages up to 12V but we recommend 9v is used. Most versions of the board will cut out at around 6.9V input. ES1 versions of the board will cut out at around 6V.

What is the user name and password for the Ci40?

The username for OpenWRT is root
The password for OpenWRT is creator

Operating Systems, Programming Languages & SD Cards

The Ci40 will come pre-installed with OpenWRT. Other distros will be available soon including BuildRoot Linux and Google's Brillo operating systems.Most programming is in C. It is possible to use Bash Scripts for some of the lower level commands and Python Support is available on Ci40.To download an operating system, you will need either a microSD card or USB stick with an OTG cable.

What pinouts does the Ci40 have?

Ci40 has a range of inputs and outputs available. Have a look at this diagram.

What is Marduk?

Marduk is the codename for "Ci40" used by our software engineering teams. You are most likely to see it reffered to in software readmes. According to Wikipedia, Marduk was also a god from Mespotamia associated with water, vegetation, judgement and magic.

What is Pistachio?

Pistachio is the code name used by our software engineering teams for the CXT200 chip used on the Ci40. You often see it in the console when the bootloader is running. You are most likely to see it refereed to in software readmes.

What is Vienna?

Vienna is the codename for "Ci40" used by our hardware engineering teams. You are most likely to see it referred to in Hardware guide or schematics.

What license/s are the Ci40 and Ci40 IoT Kit released under?

The Creator Ci40 and Ci40 IoT Kit has been released under a 3 Clause BSD License.