According to Alf Egil-Bogen, chief marketing officer at Atmel, an attraction of Arduino is that it is used by university and hobbyist communities developing new designs.
“We’ve seen this community grow from grass roots to a well-established organisation of true enthusiasts and hobbyists. We are excited to work with Arduino on a variety of different projects in the future,” said Egil-Bogen
Arduino is an open-source, community-based prototyping platform which now includes several boards featuring ARM-based MCUs.
“Arduino is a grass roots community that has been working with Atmel AVR products since its inception,” said Massimo Banzi, founder of the Arduino Community.
“The new boards, based on the Atmel SAM3U ARM-based MCUs, include a complete, flexible eco-system that provides our community of developers with access to the most sophisticated, yet easy-to-use platforms for designing innovative and fun electronics devices,” said Banzi.
The Arduino Leonardo board is based on the Atmel ATmega32U4. The software on the board includes a USB driver that can simulate a mouse, keyboard and serial port. In addition, the bootloader includes a serial port and USB mass storage driver.
The Arduino Due is based on an Atmel Cortex-M3-based microcontroller, also known as the Atmel SAM3U ARM-based MCU. This MCU can run up to 96MHz and will be available to the Arduino community by the end of 2011.
The Arduino WiFi board is for hobbyists interested in WiFi applications. Arduino WiFi includes an add-on module using the Atmel AVR MCU and an H&D Wireless module that provides developers with a powerful WiFi interface.