Thursday, 17 November 2011

The new mbed is coming

mbed (courtesy of NXP)
Last year marked the debut of the mbed - an ARM-based System-on-a-chip from NXP in a compact 40-pin DIL format.

I was lucky enough to be selected to do a road-test for Farnell's element14. The mbed is an amazing product.

One of its great strengths is the large support library which includes code developed by the mbed team and by its users.

With I2C, SPI and Serial suport, and a full set of GPIO pins, it's easy to interface to external devices, and the web-based compiler means that you can program the device within 5 minutes of opening the box.

Now a second mbed is in beta-test. Based on the NXP LPC11U24, it  is designed for prototyping USB devices, battery powered applications, and 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 designs. I'm hoping to get my hands on one soon and will report in due course.

The original mbed is still selling well, and is available from Farnell for just under £40 + VAT.

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