Archive for November, 2011

Review: ITeadMaple (and 2.4" Touch Display)

November 30th, 2011 3 comments

Name: ITeadMaple + 2.4″ Touch Display
Distributor: ITead Studio
Price: $33 + $25

Evaluation Type: Development Board, ARM
Application you used the part in: Embedded Graphics Display
Was everything in the box required?: Yes! A USB A to USB Mini-B cable was also required for programming
What were the biggest problems encountered?: None – it’s a very easy board to use for a beginner, just like the Arduino

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November 29th, 2011 2 comments

Edit: The BeagleBone is now available for around $89 or ?79 – check out the distributor list at

BeagleBoard has recently announced an upcoming product in cooperation with Texas Instruments, which hopefully is going to help both of them to become a bigger part (and share) of the embedded hobby world, which has become pretty big recently and is currently led by the Arduino.

The BeagleBone

Their new upcoming product is called the BeagleBone
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Arduino Due – what about it?

November 28th, 2011 2 comments

Some of you might have noticed the new upcoming product in the Arduino series, the Arduino Due. The Arduino Due is going to be the first Arduino with a processor not being an AVR.

Arduino Due - ARM based Arduino

The Arduino Due is going to contain an ARM Cortex-M3 processor from Atmel, the SAM3U, running at 96MHz. This processor has got a lot more Flash and SRAM than the original Arduino boards, and includes 5 SPI buses, 2 I2C interfaces, 5 UARTs, 16 Analog inputs and a whole bunch of Digital I/Os.
With the processing power of this new board and the big community around the Arduino family, we are going to see much bigger and more advanced projects in the future.

Finally Arduino has realised the need for a more powerfull but easy development board for the market. They have realised that the ARM-family is the way to go in the embedded world, and I am very satisfied with the choice of an Cortex-M3 processor, which is relatively low cost, has a fair amount of processing power, Flash and SRAM and of course also a lot of usefull periphirals.

Their plan is to have this board ready for the market by the end of 2011. We are definitely looking forward to test and review this!
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