New Product Post

I’ve been glued to the TV ever since the Olympics started.  I just love how it showcases sports you might not normally get the chance to watch like archery, skeet shooting, and equestrian dressage.   However, I just had to break away from the Games to share these two new exciting products that arrived this week.

New to our online shop is the Arduino Leonardo, the next-gen in Arduino microcontrollers.  Based on the Atmega32u4 chip, it features built-in USB communication accomplished by one beefy chip, not two like the Uno.  With one chip instead of two, it also helps bring down the price point, so you get more board for a lower price.  I also like this version of the board because it is great for prototyping.  It comes with headers which makes it easy to attach and/or detach sensors or other interface options.  You also get 20 digital input/output pins.  7 of these pins can be used for PWM outputs and 12 as analog inputs.  Just hook it up to your computer via USB and go for it.

Our other new product, the mbed NXP LPC11U24 (Cortex-M0) Prototyping Board, is (you guessed it) perfect for prototyping.  The microcontroller used on this board is specifically made for prototyping low-cost USB devices, battery powered applications, and 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M0 based designs and has a small DIP form-factor.  This is a more entry-level choice in the rapid prototyping mbed family which utilizes more complicated ARM chips, generally geared for the experienced developer.  If you aren’t familiar with 32-bit programming, the mbed community has a fantastic user community with tons of published libraries and code examples for you to integrate into your project.  Plus, it has a free online compiler which makes software installation unnecessary and OS concerns irrelevant.  If you feel, you are ready to move up to the next level, take a look at the mbed NXP LPC1768 Prototyping Board.

That’s all for now.  Until next time, keep on making.

(written by Erin Linke)

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July 2012