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Arduino board ups performance ante

17 September 2014 Computer/Embedded Technology

RS Components announced it is shipping the latest and most powerful Arduino board released to date. The new Arduino TRE is essentially two Arduino boards in one: it combines a Texas Instruments 1 GHz Sitara AM335x processor and an Atmel 16 MHz ATmega32u4 AVR microcontroller to deliver the best performing board currently available for the Arduino developer community, while also leveraging the simplicity of the Arduino software experience.

Integration of the 1 GHz Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 based processor in the TRE means developers can obtain up to 100 times more performance than with the Leonardo or Uno, for example. This level of performance opens up new possibilities, including the ability to develop advanced Linux-powered applications such as high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms or high-speed communications.

The integration of the AVR Arduino also enables developers to use the existing Shield ecosystem to expand the TRE for a wide range of high-performance applications such as 3D printers and gateways for building and lighting automation, or telemetry hubs that collect data wirelessly from nearby sensors and other connected applications that require host control plus real-time operation.

Based on collaboration between Arduino and the BeagleBoard.org Foundation, the TRE builds upon the experience and combines the benefits of both of these open-hardware, community-based board pioneers. The TRE will also be the first Arduino board to be manufactured in the US.

Specifications of the Arduino Sitara Linux processor include 512 MB of DDR3L SRAM, 12 digital I/O pins and four PWM channels (3,3 V logic). Also integrated are connectivity options such as Ethernet 10/100, a USB 2.0 device port and four USB 2.0 host ports, plus high-definition HDMI audio/video output, LCD expansion connector and a MicroSD card. Features of the Arduino AVR include 32 KB of on-chip Flash memory and a further 14 digital I/O pins, seven PWM channels (5 V logic) and six analogue input channels.

Please note that RS Components has indicated that, owing to high levels of demand, this item is currently unavailable to the South African market, but that stock will become available in the very near future.

For more information contact RS Components, +27 (0)11 691 9300, sales.za@rs-components.com, www.rsonline.co.za



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