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Arduino Open-Source Controller Platform Gains Ground

Aug 09, 2011, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Loring Wirbel)

"It's the open I/O specifications that make Arduino different from previous board coalitions. The connectors are exposed and fully documented, so that amateurs can link the Arduino CPU to purpose-built add-on modules called 'shields.' By placing hardware details and the Arduino language within the Creative Commons licensing program, the Arduino movement encourages sharing and innovation among hardware hobbyists in the same way Linux encouraged growth of open applications.

"The program already has grown beyond the boundaries of an AVR CPU, with at least two companies offering ARM CPUs, and another offering modules based on the Microchip PIC family."

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