Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Arduino - The Uno +1


Last weekend at MakerFaire NYC (which I wish I went to), the Arduino people announced a few new products, which I’m pumped to use; but one board stands out - the Arduino Due. Although the name shows that it is a whole numerical value above the UNO (maybe they're running out of ideas), the Due is much different where it matters; the processor.

The Arduino Due is introducing a whole new breed of processing power to arduino boards, a step from the standard Atmegas - ARM processors. ARM processors can be found across the electronic world; from cellphones, to low powered computers. Simplicity is what fuels the ARM line, and it only seems natural for one to meet up with an Arduino.  The Due runs at over 90MHz, and has 256K of flash memory - up from 32MHz and 32K of flash on the Uno. On top of the power upgrades the Due has 16 12-bit analog pins, 5 UARTS, and tons of digital pins. Not a bad upgrade to what is already my favorite nerd toy.

On-top of the Due, it was announced that another microprocessor will be released named ‘Leonardo’. The Leonardo uses the same pinout as the UNO, with a ‘simpler circuit’ and comes with USB drivers for it to simulate a mouse, keyboard, and serial connection (arduino custom keyboard anyone). There are more new products/announcements on the Arduino blog located HERE, and when the Due comes out, I’ll make sure to let you guys know how it is...assuming I can force myself to stop playing with it.

43 comments:

  1. Good to know that arduino is introducing new board that works on 32k or 256k for flash memory.i really like the work.
    Jaycon

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