The Raspberry Pi foundation have announced what they call an ‘evolution’ of the Raspberry Pi single board computer. The team have retained the original processor and clock speed and look on this new model as the final revision of the original design rather than a ‘Raspberry Pi 2’. To sum up the new model B+ has...
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Low-Power MCU Development Kit
Texas Instruments have released a LaunchPad development kit to support its new MSP439FR59x family of microcontrollers. They use inbuilt non-volatile FRAM (Ferroelectric RAM) memory which offers much lower power requirements compared to conventional EEPROM and Flash technologies. This allows the microcontroller to run at...
Raspberry Pi without the Spaghetti
When you start hooking peripherals such as keyboard, WiFi dongle and mouse to a Raspberry Pi it’s not long before you run out of ports and need a USB hub, preferably powered so that it can supply the RPi as well. At this point cabling starts to take over your workspace...
The Arduino USB Host Shield
The Arduino USB Host Shield allows you to connect a USB device to your Arduino board. The Arduino USB Host Shield is based on the MAX3421E, which is a USB peripheral/host controller containing the digital logic and analog circuitry necessary to implement a full-speed USB peripheral or a full-/low-speed host compliant to USB specification rev 2.0.
Use Click Boards with Arduino Uno
MikroElektronika produce a series of development boards using PIC, dsPIC, STM32 and 8051 microcontrollers. In addition they make over 75 Click boards (equivalent to shields or capes) containing peripheral sensors and I/O devices which communicate using a mikroBUS interface standard.
Low-cost ARM Development Platform
Cypress Semiconductor are offering the CY8CKIT-049-41XX development board which contains a 32-bit CORTEX-M0 48 MHz ARM processor for just $4.00 (£2.62 in the UK). The board is quite basic but offers a full-speed USB to serial bridge controller chip on a snap-off portion of the PCB to allow for bootloading the target PSoC device and communication with the board via a computer’s USB port.
Blend Bluetooth with an Arduino Platform
Blend Micro is an Arduino development board with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (aka BLE or Bluetooth Smart) connectivity targeted at developers using the Arduino platform to design IoT applications. The board uses an Atmel ATmega32u4 micro-controller and the Nordic nRF8001 BLE chip.
Lantronix Arduino WiFi Shield
The xPico WiFi Shield supports simultaneous wireless LAN client connectivity and access point (AP) functionality. This makes it easy to securely connect to an Arduino microcomputer using web-based tools and interactive applications on smartphones or tablets.