I have not received my pre-ordered boards yet, but at least I have now one of the new black ones, see this post. And I have good and bad news.
Good news: A reader of this blog has sent me pictures of his board he received yesterday:
The good news is: the Arduino headers on the side plus the two jumper headers were shipped in a plastic bag. Well, will see what I will get ;-).
The bad news: no battery holder, and no serial Flash chip :-(.
The good news is: My Adafruit Data Logger Arduino Shield arrived. This is a ‘solder yourself’ kit:
And the shield nicely fits to the form factor of the Freedom board:
The bad news is: the headers do not fit :-(. The header row pitch on the Arduino is kind of non-standard, not matching the Freedom board header:
I’m not very familiar why the Arduino board header is that strange, but I would have expected that the Freedom board would match with it? At least this does not make much sense to me.
So what I end up is that I only can use the outer rows of the header. What I can use are the ones marked in red:
So I’m glad that I have an ordered an Arduino Shield board which I can solder myself, otherwise the board would have been quite useless :-(. I might even think about the need to create an adapter board between Freedom and Arduiono? I doubt that this was the idea of the Freedom board, and maybe I just have ordered a wrong Arduino Shield board.
In case this helps anyone: I have not found any drawings of the Freedom board, but a reader has forwarded me a link of Arduino drawings.