[Lab] Arduino Due

Andrew O'Malley aomalley at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 12:24:42 EST 2013

I tend to agree with Chris in that the standard Arduino (Uno or Leonarda)
definitely has the largest support network in terms of working examples
(software) and compatible shields (hardware), so I'd def. recommend that
for someone getting started with embedded projects.

Moving to a larger Arduino is to me a matter of needing the extra outputs
and memory, but you'd be surprised what you can squeeze out of the standard
Arduino (or a pair of them working together).

The other thing I really like about the standard boards is that they are
really easy to obtain / widely available, and as Chris mentioned it is
really nice/simple to port a project to a bare ATmega DIP with only the
supporting/needed circuitry for your particular project.

I've been wanting to evaluate a RaspPi but haven't had the chance, and they
don't seem as easy to get, so that has me hesitating to adopt them for my
projects, along with the fact that so many example projects seem to use a
RaspPi with an Arduino as a peripheral for PWM etc.  Seems a bit redundant
to me.

Of course there's the argument that a Pi is cheaper than an Ethernet shield
+ Arduino combo, but imo sometimes simplicity is worth paying a bit more
for ;)

My $0.02 . . .

Speaking of all this stuff, does anyone out there have any experience with
the WiFly shield?


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> Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:32:40 -0800
> From: Chris de Groot <cdegroot at adobe.com>
> Subject: Re: [Lab] Fwd:  Arduino Due
> To: Bruce Harding <bruce.harding at faintfuzzies.ca>, Richard Wiens
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> Speaking personally I like the 5v arduinos as they are very convenient for
> most embedded things, and when a project gets baked I can just burn the
> arduino hex file into an ATMEL chip and shift from a Arduino board to a
> single chip. That is all very easy and rather than spend a lot of time with
> multiple logic chips I just use a ATMEGA chip for a couple bucks even if it
> is doing something really rudimentary at times.
> Also Arduinos  are so prevalent in projects around the world that one can
> almost always find a project that is mostly what one needs.
> Moving to RPi is a different ball game completely. You are sitting on a
> vastly more powerful stack, but also have to have Linux in there and thus
> be at another layer of complexity. It is not bad, but is just better for
> different projects.
> C.
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