Far removed from the legions of 3D printers featured at this year’s Maker Faire in New York was a much smaller, but far more impressive announcement: The ARM-powered Arduino DUE is going to be released later this month.
Instead of the 8-bit AVR microcontrollers usually found in Arduinos, the DUE is powered by an ATSAM3X8E microcontroller, itself based on the ARM Cortex-M3 platform. There are a few very neat features in the DUE, namely a USB On The Go port to allow makers and tinkerers to connect keyboards, mice, smartphones (hey, someone should port IOIO firmware to this thing), and maybe even standard desktop inkjet or laser printers.
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@ken – can you also say something you *do* like about the DUE? thanks!
Keeping the compatibility with the current layout was a more important requirement for us for our first ARM board.
We’re going to release more products with ARM processors so you will see new form factors that make more pins available .
(for example we didn’t connect the Ethernet MAC anywhere etc etc)
If you want you can get a SAM3X-EK from ATMEL, it has every single pin available but it’s not exactly something you can put in your pocket 🙂
You can program it with Arduino. You’ll be up and running while ATMEL studio is still downloading 🙂
Any idea what the price will be?
Many things to like including the $49USD price tag! Here’s a link to their talk at Maker Faire: