Who Stepped Up When the Chips Were Down? @make

Make writes about the tumultuous year in the world of embedded electronics. Supply chain snags have scarcely relented, while new chips jostle for position as the maker’s go-to. Meanwhile, lots of exciting new boards, software, and other technologies let folks continue to innovate. Make surveys the maker landscape to see who stepped up when the chips were down!

PUTTING THE NO IN ARDUINO?

Arduino Week in March was a brilliant virtual event, showcasing amazing new products — but frustrated makers couldn’t get their hands on many items being showcased because supply issues prevented them from being manufactured.

PI NOT ALWAYS EASY

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is finding great success in the microcontroller market, as its Pico and new Pico W (wireless) microcontroller dev boards find their way into a plethora of projects, not to mention the RP2040 chip that powers them. Meanwhile the trend of porting Python projects to microcontrollers using Adafruit’s CircuitPython platform — instead of relying on the grunt of single-board computers — continues to prove popular, benefiting the whole RP2040 ecosystem.

But not everything is so sweet in Pi world, with SBCs practically unobtainable.

NO NEW NORMAL

Some experts predict we’ll see things back to “normal” or at least stabilizing by 2023.

Check out the full article here (via Twitter).

And check on Adafruit.com for boards as they’ve been reworking many designs to keep products in stock.


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