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Microchip and Digilent launch first Arduino-compatible 32-bit microcontroller development platform

5/23/2011 06:20 PM EDT
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stupid mongol
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stupid mongol   6/24/2013 11:59:56 AM
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Two different 32-bit solutions are presented at the same time - ARM-based and MIPS-based - with about the same price tag for similar configurations. What may be the choice for many users? Is the ratio at least 10:1 ARM vs. MIPS for many available tools for cross-development (incl. open source tools) the major criteria? Who can explain the difference in the efficiency of the code, generated by say GNU C++ compiler, for both types of CPU in the terms of memory usage/performance? How potential users may decide which one of two solutions is better? I have no clinical idea & I'm very interested to get the reasonable answers onto these (presumably stupid) questions... Thanks.

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Max The Magnificent   6/2/2011 5:45:34 PM
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Max here -- I just received an email from Marti (see above) saying the following (I'll ask the folks from Microchip to comment): To whom it may concern: I am writing to you regarding false information in this article. The article opens with the following paragraph: "The folks from Microchip and Digilent have just launched the first 32-bit-microcontroller-based, open-source development platform that is compatible with Arduino hardware and software. Designed and manufactured by Digilent, the chipKIT platform is the first and only 32-bit Arduino solution in the industry to enable hobbyists and academics to easily, and inexpensively, integrate electronics into their projects, even if they do not have an electronic-engineering background." This is incorrect in several respects. My company, LeafLabs, released a 32-bit, microcontroller based, open source development platform compatible with Arduino's hardware and software in 2009. This platform, the LeafLabs Maple, has been on sale since then. It most definitely allows for hobbyists and academics to integrate electronics into their projects. For more information, see our devices page: http://leaflabs.com/devices/ Best regards, Marti Bolivar LeafLabs, LLC

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qwerasdfzcxv   6/2/2011 4:37:00 PM
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Hi, Interesting article, but it's wrong in an important respect. The LeafLabs Maple, an open source, Arduino-compatible microcontroller platform, has been on sale since 2009 (!). Full disclosure: I work for LeafLabs. Best, Marti Bolivar LeafLabs, LLC

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