HackSpace magazine issue 34 looks in-depth at the Feather ecosystem of microcontrollers, single board computers, and add-on boards (FeatherWings).
… The big advantage of Feather – a wide range of microcontrollers works with a wide range of Wings. This means that you’ve got a huge amount of flexibility in how you create your project. Also, for board makers, it means that you only have to design your mainboard and you automatically get compatibility with hundreds of expansion boards.
Feather is the brain-child of Limor (Ladyada) Fried, CEO of Adafruit, and the majority of Feathers and FeatherWings available are from Adafruit (though there’s an increasing number of boards from other companies and individual makers).
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