Arduino announces new Arduino Yun board

The Arduino crew has announced the Arduino Yun. This latest addition to the Arduino family is a “combination of a classic Arduino Leonardo (based on the Atmega32U4 processor) with a Wifi system-on-a-chip running Linino (a MIPS GNU/Linux based on OpenWRT). We embedded the Linux machine directly on the PCB of the Arduino Leonardo and we connected the two so that from Arduino it’s very easy to run commands on the Linux side and use it as an Ethernet and Wifi interface,”

Visit the product page for more information, or download the datasheet.

The Arduino store lists the Yun for €52.00.

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  1. All due respect for the Arduino, but a full-blown Linux system as a servant for a µC is braindead.

    Have a look at the Beaglebone Black with its AM335x featuring two PRU cores which can be used to connect the “real world” to the board. This is a good way to go.
    The price tag of the BBB is similar, if not better.

    1. Agreed, it sounds like a ‘because we can..’ IMHO not the best reason for building commercial things :)

      I think the cc3000 wifi option shield is a much better sollution for wifi connectivity (for uC’s). It also offloads the uC with stack and wifi connectivity. Dunno of a simular solution for ehternet but there prolly is :)

    2. Always remember their main target users: with this little mysterious blue piece of dark technology, _makers_ all around the world will be able to have twitting buttons by writing 2 lines of code, without knowing anything about what’s between the button and the browser.
      I guess they will sell tons of these.

      BTW, respect to how they are making everything easy.

  2. One distinguishing feature is the Yun board has 5V GPIO and 40 mA per pin, from the 32U4 chip. Sometimes that is useful. Many of the existing embedded boards with wifi have 3.3V I/O and lower currents. Of course you can add higher voltage/current capability to any other system, but I think the Arduino is about ease of use.

  3. It’s an interesting move for Arduino… they haven’t released open source hardware layouts and proper schematics for this, and it’s based on an Atheros chipset which you can’t get, and you can’t even legitimately get a datasheet for, unless Atheros decides you’re a worthy high-volume customer and you sign your NDAs.

    In this regard it’s an interesting move away from Arduino’s commitment to having everything open source… perhaps an omen of a Makerbot-style decline from Arduino?

    We won’t see an ecosystem of third-party hardware and derivative hardware designs like we see with the rest of the Arduino ecosystem, because most people can’t buy the Atheros silicon (or get its datasheet).

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