Even on Friday I went to the Arduino
site in the hope of seeing something interesting. The interesting thing was in the picture, where the hand of the creator, instead of the first Arduino board, held something hidden. This is something not long to wait. This morning I received a message from habrayuzer Prometheus
that it would be nice to write a post on this blog related to updates of our favorite project Arduino. What with joy and writing.
New design site arduino.cc
As you can see, the project has changed the logo, the layout of the site. Everything has become more airy and stylish. Previously, the site's font was Verdana almost 10 pixels in size, even people with good eyesight had to scale up. Now it's just a pleasure to look. Also, changes in the design have undergone blog
New flagship USB card Arduino Uno
As the Italians write in the project's blog
, this board continues the line of classic USB-boards and is a replacement for the Duemilanove board - non-Italians can safely pronounce and write the name of the new board. The name Uno (“one”) is chosen to designate the current release as 1.0, which seems to tell us about the maturity of the project.
Of course, you understand that not only the name of the new board and the design of the site have changed. The layout of the board has also changed, now the new logo and explanatory inscriptions are applied to the board in order to distinguish the original board and dozens of clones. In the new board, the creators of the project decided to permanently get rid of the outdated ATmega168 chip and completely switch to ATmega328p.
But this is not the most important thing. Most importantly, the new Atmel ATmega8U2 USB controller. As the authors of the project write in a press release, this controller replaces the outdated primitive FTDI chip, has low latency and, most importantly, makes it possible to reprogram the USB interface so that the Arduino Uno board is defined by the computer as a MIDI device, keyboard, mouse (HID -interface) and so on - what is enough fantasy. If you think a little, this feature allows you to connect the board not only to the computer, but also to a bunch of other gadgets. The big improvement was also the fact that under Linux and Mac OS no drivers will be required, and for Win you will need a tiny * .inf file.
Finally, this board has passed CE certification and the FCC certificate is expected.
New Mega-board Arduino Mega 2560
The same updated design, the same new USB interface with drivers. New ATmega2560 chip with doubled to 256 KB of flash memory, 8 KB of RAM and 4 KB of permanent memory. I here, to admit honestly, I even have no idea that you can shove 256 KB of this device.
New packaging boards
Everything is clear and without comment - practical and cute:
A few words about the official online store Arduino. It seems to me that it was high time to put it on a commercial footing, since dozens of stores with boards, modules and other details for Arduino projects have been operating around the world for a long time. In Russia, only I know three such online stores. The official Arduino Store will open on October 18, 2010.
There is nothing more to add, we will follow the project.