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Getting Started With Embedded Programming in Linux, the Cheap and Easy Way

Nov 10, 2011, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

[ Thanks to Carla Schroder for this link. ]

"Arduino is family of tiny single-board computers. The Arduino hardware platform is red-hot, and for good reasons. It's flexible, it's open, and it's friendly to beginners. The hardware is open, with freely available specs and CAD files. The Arduino programming language and libraries are open, licensed under the GPL and LGPL. All documentation is open, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. Arduinos are used in myriad projects: robots, music devices, race cars, games, little airplanes, greenhouse monitors and controllers, clothing with blinky light animations, animated signage, burglar alarms, deer-scaring devices, and all kinds of imaginative devices.

"Arduino boards are inexpensive, ranging from around $25 to $80. Arduinos are powered by 8-bit Atmel ATmega single-chip AVR microcontrollers. These are modified RISC controllers that use on-chip Flash memory for storage, so you can write and load different programs and have all kinds of fun."

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