August 27, 2013

New from Freetronics - the Goldilocks: Arduino Compatible with ATmega1284P MCU

Earlier in March this year Phillip Stevens proposed a more powerful, faster Arduino-compatible board based around the Atmel ATmega1284P microcontroller - and used the crowdfunding service Pozible to fund the project to completion. As Phillips' manufacturing partner we organised the final product, and now that the pledge units have been distributed to the supporters - we can offer a limited amount of units to the general public. So we're now proud to announce the "Goldilocks" board:

Goldilocks is the Arduino-compatible board designed to be not too big, and not too small. It's just right. Using the ATmega1284p MCU gives a significantly more powerful microcontroller than the ATmega328p and ATmega32u4 found in common 8-bit Arduino boards. With more memory and a higher clock speed than standard Arduino boards this may be just what you need to get your project done.

Apart from the better MCU there's also a secondary Atmel ATmega32U2 for USB that can also be programmed in its own right, a resilient 7-28V input voltage range switchmode power supply with up to 2A output for high-current shields - perfect for GSM shields that would normally require an external power supply. Plus an incredible range of I/O options, an onboard 32.768 kHz crystal for RTC needs, microSD socket and much, much more. 

For more information including a detailed user manual, design files and of course to order - visit the Goldilocks product page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 


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