The Arduino team had a surprise announcement to make at this year’s Maker Faire: a new design called the Due, which makes the move from eight-bit ATMega chips to a 32-bit ARM-based processor for the first time in an officially licensed product.
The Arduino Due is designed for those who find even the Arduino Mega a little restrictive. Despite retaining pin-compatibility with its predecessors – including the irritating pin spacing that precludes the use of Veroboard and the like without offset stacking headers – it packs in a wealth of new features including:
- 96MHz 32-bit ATMEL SAM3U Cortex-M3 CPU
- 256KB of flash memory
- 50KB of SRAM
- Five SPI buses
- Two I2C interfaces
- Five UARTs
- 16 analogue inputs with 12-bit resolution
- 52 digital inputs/outputs
Unfortunately, the Due isn’t available to buy just yet. The Arduino team is running the board through an invite-only beta process, after which pre-release ‘Developer Edition’ boards will be available to buy for those who want a say in the final release.
There’s no word on pricing yet, but as soon as we have our hands on one we’ll be sure to bring you a full review.