Today, Arduino announced a new family of wireless products that combine the Arduino architecture with Linux. The Arduino Yún is intended to be the first member of this new line of wifi products. Arduino expects the new board to bring the power of Linux with ease of use of Arduino.
From the Arduino Press Office, “Yún means ‘cloud’ in Chinese language as the purpose of this board to make it simple to connect to complex web services directly from Arduino.”
Developed in partnership with Boston-based automation engineers Dog Hunter, it’s basically a Leonardo (ATmega32U4) with an embedded wifi Linux board on the PCB, running Linino (MIPS Linux variant) to handle all those wordy text-based formats like XML and other HTTP transactions. You can program it via wifi, or by the usual USB cable. And they’ve also partnered with Temboo for one-stop API access to data from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, FedEx, PayPal, and many more.
For $69 plus tax you get:
- Microcontroller ATmega32u4 Operating Voltage 5V Input Voltage (recommended) 5V via microUSB or PoE 802.3af Input Voltage (limits) 6-20V Digital I/O Pins 14 PWM Channels 7 Analog Input Channels 6 (plus 6 multiplexed on 6 digital pins) DC Current per I/O Pin 40 mA DC Current for 3.3V Pin 50 mA Flash Memory 32 KB (ATmega32u4) of which 4 KB used by bootloader SRAM 2.5 KB (ATmega32u4) EEPROM 1 KB (ATmega32u4) Clock Speed 16 MHz
Embedded Linux machine
- MIPS 24K processor operating at up to 400 MHz DDR2 32MB Ram and 8 MB SPI Flash Complete IEEE 802.11bgn 1×1 AP or router USB 2.0 host/device PoE compatible 802.3af MicroSD card support
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