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Just out of curiosity, can you delete the whole C# engine from the Netduino, leaving you with a 512K bare ARM-based board?
Yes, you can absolutely erase the Netduino and reprogram it with anything you’d like. We encourage Netduino hacking and there are quite a few people building native code (using all 512KB of flash and 128KB of RAM) as well as running alternative platforms like FreeRTOS.
The ERASE pad on the Netduino and Netduino Plus is a small gold square in the top-right corner underneath pin D0. On the Netduino Mini, it’s on the bottom-left right next to pin 12.
Once you erase the Netduino, you can program it via USB or RS232 using Atmel SAM-BA on Windows or Linux (or one of the open SAM-BA alternatives…I’ve heard that MCHelper works). One caution: .NET MF does debugging over USB, so there’s no JTAG on board.
Neat. So is this some sort of “introductory” price? How are you selling a $20 CPU on a 4-layer board at “about” the same price as Arduino’s $5 CPU on a 2-layer board?