Aug 292014

… is not a car, but ARM “Bare Metal Widget”. It features:

  • NXP LPC1114FDH28 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller
  • 70 x 43mm footprint,
  • lithium polymer battery and USB power selection,
  • a lithium polymer battery charger,
  • a 2-megabyte Flash memory,
  • a basic user interface,
  • a FTDI-cable compatible UART header,
  • 16 I/O for connectivity.

The arm-bmw is open hardware (CC-BY-4.0 licensed) and open source (MIT licensed).

Jul 162014

It looks like CP/M on ATmega88 – and it really is! Take your Mega48, 88 or 168, connect SD card and RAM, and voila! Really simple, but functional. Someone care to rework it for an Arduino? 🙂

May 222014

Arduino and Atmel unveil the Arduino Zero, a simple and powerful 32-bit extension of the platform established by Arduino UNO.

The board is powered by Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU, which features a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core and one of its most important feature is Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which provides a full debug interface without the need for additional hardware, significantly increasing the ease-of-use for software debugging. EDBG also supports a virtual COM port that can be used for device programming and traditional Arduino boot loader functionality.

Credits: Photo and info (C), reused under CC-BY-SA

Apr 142014

“Sometimes I needed an external serial monitor like the Serial Monitor in the Arduino Editor, to see what is going on. So I made one,” author said. ESM (External Serial Monitor) is based on Atmega 328. It has its own display and control buttons, so it can work fully autonomously.

May 012013

(From NXP’s newsletter) 

NXP’s LPC800 is the first microcontroller to combine the flexibility of an 8-bit MCU with the versatility of a 32-bit Cortex M0+ core. This is a bold move towards making 8-bit architectures obsolete! That is why we are offering you the opportunity to win an LPC800 mini-board so you can try it for yourself.

We have a limited number of mini-boards using the DIP8-housed LPC810, so we are holding a raffle to give everyone a fair chance of winning one. Simply watch this short video and answer a couple of questions and enter to win.