Arduino Due

Arduino designs small, open source microcontroller boards that can be used as the basis for everything from a small computer to a robot that can react to real-world environments through a series of sensors. The designs for Arduino boards are available for anyone to use if they want to build their own from scratch, but you can also purchase Arduino devices directly from the Italian company called… ARduino.

This week the company unveiled a few new devices, including the Ardiuno Due: the first Ardiuno board that uses an Atmel 96 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor instead of the 16MHz, 8-bit processor used in most other current systems.

Clearly, this new chip isn’t a speed demon when compared with the processors found in most modern smartphones and tablets, but the Due has 256KB of flash memory, 50KB of SRAM, and a number of inputs which could make it an interesting platform for Arduino developers.

The Arduino Due is expected to be available in November.

Arduino also introduced a new low-cost board called the Leonardo this week, as well as an Arduino WiFi board.

via Engadget


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4 replies on “Arduino launches its first ARM-based board”

    1. How many are you aware of? I can think of several families of ARM boards aimed primarily at hobbyests, and many more aimed at professionals. BeagleBoard and Sparkfun are good places to start.

      1. Do you think one of these things would be able to run a simple file server using Linux? Any suggestions?

        1. You probably could, but the board above and the boards I was thinking of are really aimed at hardware hackers. Notice how the Arduino board has a 100 MHz CPU and a mass of I/O sockets.
          If you want a complete small computer you have an enormous range of choices, but for something quite small try googling “plug computer”.

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