First 32bit Arduino avalable soon

Digilent is soon to be launching two Arduino compatible platforms, the Uno32(pictured above)and the Max32. based on microchip‘s pic32mx micro controllers. Following the Arduino philosophy of easy to use software and hardware, and not to mention the support structure already in place. they are both compatibly with existing shields.

The Arduino IDE has been rewritten, and used the GNU C Compiler. and are also programmable with the pickit3. Peripherals including USB otg, can, Ethernet MAC, 16 and 32bit counters,timers, with 128K/512K program space, 16k/128K ram. Capable of 80Mhz and 1.5DMIPS these are four times as powerful as the AVR based Arduinos. The hardware is open source, and uses the same existing high level libraries as previous Arduinos, allowing someone without any pic32 experience to start using these powerful processors.

Free online course material is available. cost of these units is competitive starting at $26.95 for the Uno32 and $49.50 for the Max32. expect shipping to start may 21st. We can’t wait to get ours!

Check them out at the MakerFair Microchip Booth.

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  1. How can these only be 4 times faster the 80MHz clock is five times as fast as the Arduino (16MHz) but each operation is 32bit instead of 8 bit so you have to be getting things done faster.

  2. i am not sure how they have come up with this figure. the difference in architecture may be significant enough.

    not all instructions are created equal.

    1. “Not all instructions are equal”

      the AVR instruction set is simplified to make a cheap microcontroller while the pic32 is the MIPS IV instruction set optimized for performance (1.5 DMIPS) as compared to ARM7 which is something like 1.15 DMIPS/MHz. I’m getting quite tired of the Arduino is is supposed to be a simple/cheap intro the programming/hardware but it isn’t that cheap ussually $30 for 8bit micro with 32kB program and 1kB SRAM, the 32bit ARM and MIPS chips are only slightly more expensive per chip and about the same $30 for a finished board and provide upto 512kB program and 64K SRAM. The AVRs are fine as a place to start but are pretty limited, they should not be the solution to every problem.

  3. I love the idea of this, I really hope this takes off.

    but having said that. it looks to me like its not open source for the firmware/bootloader etc. The board is available opensource but it seems not the software. Am i missing something?

    1. HK, China and the UK (of all places) are very reasonable. MicrochipDirect is at least reasonable ($17) especially when part of an order is shipped from USA (boards) and part from Thailand (chips), but $32 for a 10-20g board! Not this little black duck.

  4. Where is the “open source” IDE?
    I don’t want no FREE DOWNLOAD stuff.

    I have the impression this comes from the same marketing department that also brought us the “NetDuino”.
    Goal: Make a quick buck on other people labour.

    I hope the Arduino Teams has registered name “Uno” when used in conjuction with the term Arduino.

  5. Why the jagged connector for the PICKIT? That is rather unusual.

    No connectors for USB host mode or ethernet on the MAX32 is a bit disappointing. Unless you want the form factor and the ported, prerolled code base of the Arduino then the PIC32 starter kit looks a better option. Especially if you don’t own a PICKIT3

    4x faster than arduino? I think that is what you can a “half truth.” :)

    1. The staggered ICD port is so that when you place a pin header into it to solder, the offset holes hold it in place for when you flip it over. No need to juggle the board trying to hold the connector in while you turn it over to solder.

  6. I think this is great. If the LUFA USB support works on this too, then, with this processor’s large amount of RAM, that opens up the possibility of being about to support USB webcams eventually. And that opens up a lot of project possibilities.

  7. the modified IDE should be available on the 21st. i think they are planning a launch at maker fair.

  8. I think you need to remove the word “First” from the headline. Wikipedia list seven, by my count, of 32bit Arduino-like boards. Five are ARM based, one Parallax Propeller and one PIC32. LeafLabs Maple predates this board by about two years.

    Some of the Arduino shields (daughter boards) do not work because the signals are not functionally identical in all respects. This is okay with me, I wouldn’t expect them to be, be the innocent may be misled by the press release. Also, it is a 3.3V board, and not 5V like an Arduino, so it will depend on pull-up resistors to reach 5V, which might not be enough in some cases.

    The board also ‘doubles’ headers (i.e. two rows of pins), which may cause problems for some of the Arduino shields, especially ones which replicate and offset Arduino headers.

    The board looks fine. It’s the marketing that is tosh.

  9. Ooops, sorry forgot to add, I don’t think it uses the “GNU C Compiler”. It uses gcc and specifically C++. Some of the Arduino libraries require C++. I also don’t think it is accurate to say the “Arduino IDE has been rewritten”. When I glanced at github, there wasn’t evidence of a rewrite. it might be more accurate to say the Arduino IDE had been extended or enhanced, but not rewritten. Unless of course, the author of the press release is thinking of Stephen Wright, the comedian who worried that *everything* in their apartment was moved around, but just before they returned home, all put back into *exactly* the same place :-)

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