Arduino to release first ARM board

Arduino, the open-source hardware project, plans to release its first ARM-based board.The Arduino Due microcontroller board uses a 32bit Cortex-M3 ARM processor, the project said in a blog post on Saturday.

Arduino, the open-source hardware project, plans to release its first ARM-based board.

The Arduino Due microcontroller board uses a 32bit Cortex-M3 ARM processor, the project said in a blog post on Saturday. It will be demoed and given away to selected developers at this week's Maker Faire in New York.

Previously the boards have been based on AVR microcontrollers from Atmel.

Arduino boards have developed something of a cult following because they provide developers with an open, programmable hardware platform to use to control other physical devices.

For example, people have used Arduino boards to create devices that let smartphones control lighting, televisions and thermostats in the home. One Arduino-based Kickstarter project provides a platform for developing lightweight videogames; and Google has released a board that supports the Android operating system.

Besides the ARM processor the board comes with 256Kb of flash, 50Kb of SRAM and 16 analogue inputs. A final version of the board should be released by the end of 2011, Arduino said.