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Atmel and the Arduino Zero

Atmel and the Arduino Zero
by Paul McLellan on 05-15-2014 at 7:00 am

 As I wrote about last month, this weekend is the Maker Faire in San Mateo. If you are interested in the cutting edge of what people are getting up to outside of the corporate world, this is the place to go. You will see stuff that you will not hear about for a year or two when it finally goes mainstream.

Increasingly, there is a lot of electronics at the center of things. Obviously a 3D printer, for example, needs a microprocessor. It turns out that over 90% of 3D printers are powered by Atmel.

Another famous name in the maker community is Arduino. This is an open-source platform for building very low cost (think $10) systems. Today, Atmel and Arduino announced the Arduino Zero, a new board focused on what might be required for the internet of things (IoT), wearables and so on. It is higher performance than the Arduino UNO. It is also powered by an ARM M0.Arduino Zero is a simple, elegant and powerful 32-bit extension of the platform. The Zero board aims to provide creative individuals with the potential to realize truly innovative ideas for smart IoT devices, wearable technology, high-tech automation, robotics and projects not yet imagined. The board is powered by Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU, which features a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ core.

 Some technical details:

  • the Arduino Zero board features the Atmel SAMD21 Microcontroller
  • with 256kb of flash
  • 32kb SRAM
  • TQFP package
  • Compatible with 3.3V Shield that conform to the Arduino R3 Layout
  • development with the Arduino Zero using the Arduino programming language

The Arduino Zero board also features flexible peripherals and Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which provides a full debug interface on the SAMD21 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.

The first prototypes of the Arduino Zero will be on display at the Maker Faire Bay Areay 2014 in San Mateo on:

  • Ardiuno booth 204
  • Atmel booth 205
  • ARM booth 405

Go and check them out.

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