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Absolutely cool Arduino upgrade (Smart move by Microchip / Digilent)

16 Aug

Microchip the makers of the PIC range, have released a new development board that is going to ABSOLUTELY BLOW AWAY the Arduino AVR range.

The two proto-board systems are pin for pin compatible with the Arduino Mega and UNO, but more importantly they come with upgraded ram and micro-controllers that BOTH run at a scorching 80Mhz, compared to the AVR chips used in the Uno/Mega which run at 8Mhz & 16Mhz

Specification.

  • Microchip® PIC32MX340F512H microcontroller
    • 80 Mhz 32-bit MIPS
    • 512K Flash
    • 32K SRAM)
  • Compatible with many existing Arduino™ code examples, reference materials and other resources
  • Arduino™ “Uno” form factor
  • Compatible with many Arduino™ shields
  • 42 available I/O
  • Two user LEDs
  • PC connection uses a USB A > mini B cable (not included)
  • 12 analog inputs
  • 3.3V operating voltage
  • 75mA typical operating current
  • 7V to 15V input voltage (recommended)
  • 20V input voltage (maximum)
  • 0V to 3.3V analog input voltage range
  • +/-18mA DC current per pin

Specification.

  • Microchip® PIC32MX795F512 processor
    • 80 Mhz 32-bit MIPS
    • 512K Flash, 128K RAM
    • USB 2.0 OTG controller
    • 10/100 Ethernet MAC
    • Dual CAN controllers
  • Provides additional memory and advanced communications peripherals
  • Compatible with many existing Arduino code examples, reference materials and other resources
  • Can also be programmed using Microchip’s MPLAB® IDE (along with a PICkit 3 and PICkit3 Programming Cable Kit)
  • Arduino™ “Mega” form factor
  • Compatible with many Arduino™ shields
  • 83 available I/O
  • User LED
  • Connects to a PC using a USB A -> mini B cable (not included)

The Units are available from Digilent at the following links:

chipKIT uC32™ Prototyping Platform (Uno)

chipKIT uC32™ chipKIT Max32™ Prototyping Platform (Mega)

And if the two reasons above are not enough for you to slap down your hard earned cash, you need to take a look at the price, which comes in under the cost of the ARV based Arduino units.

 

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