Date:20th Sep 2011
Atmel and Arduino are collaborating to
offer embedded boards for prototyping
Atmel Corporation and Arduino are collaborating on several
development boards using Atmel AVR and ARM-based microcontroller
(MCU) products. The new easy-to-use Arduino boards use several
Atmel products including the Cortex-M3-based SAM3U MCU,
ATmega32U4 and AVR UC3 MCUs.
Arduino is an open-source, community-based prototyping
platform that offers accessible hardware and well-documented
software to electronics enthusiasts. The community encompasses
artists, designers, students, kids, hobbyists and anyone
interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Committed to offering the shortest learning curve, Arduino
has developed several boards featuring Atmel's AVR and ARM-based
MCUs leveraging its complete, flexible software and hardware
Atmel and Arduino will be demonstrating several platforms
in the Atmel-sponsored Arduino Pavilion including:
Arduino Leonardo. Based on the Atmel ATmega32u4, it is a
low-cost Arduino board which includes a simpler circuit
as the Arduino UNO board. The software on the board includes
a USB driver that can simulate a mouse, keyboard and serial
port. In addition, the bootloader includes a serial port
and USB mass storage driver.
Arduino Due. The newest board to Arduino's collection, the
Arduino Due is based on an Atmel Cortex-M3-based microcontroller,
also known as the Atmel SAM3U ARM-based MCU. This MCU can
run up to 96MHz and will be available to the Arduino community
by the end of 2011.
Arduino WiFi. This board is for hobbyists interested in
WiFi applications. Arduino WiFi includes an add-on module
using the Atmel AVR MCU and an H&D Wireless module that
provides developers with a powerful WiFi interface.
"Arduino is a grass roots community that has been
working with Atmel AVR products since its inception,"
said Massimo Banzi, founder of the Arduino Community. "We
are thrilled to use Atmel's ARM-based products for the first
time in our latest development platforms. The new boards,
based on the Atmel SAM3U ARM-based MCUs, include a complete,
flexible eco-system that provides our community of developers
with access to the most sophisticated, yet easy-to-use platforms
for designing innovative and fun electronics devices,"
"We are excited to be a sponsor of the Arduino Pavilion
at the Maker Faire," said Alf Egil-Bogen, chief marketing
officer, Atmel Corporation. "The Arduino community
reaches a large group of university and hobbyist communities
focused on developing new designs. We've seen this community
grow from grass roots to a well-established organization
of true enthusiasts and hobbyists. We are excited to work
with Arduino on a variety of different projects in the future."