All this week we’re exploring the world of Arduino with projects, tutorials, and more. Of course, Arduino is not the only microcontroller out there—not by a long shot. To better understand the changing world of boards and how Arduino fits in, contributing editor Alasdair Allan wrote a great piece for MAKE Vol. 36 that explored the crowded landscape of microcontrollers.
If you’re old enough to remember the wide range of personal computers that sprung up in the early years of that industry — each with a different manufacturer, each based around a different CPU — then the state of the modern microcontroller board market may seem familiar. One looming question is whether, on the heels of this explosion in diversity, we’ll see the rise of a monoculture, as we did in the desktop market. Or whether, perhaps, a more interesting ecosystem will emerge.
The article is an excellent resource. Have a look.