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Arduino 101

By Matt Stultz / Feb 8, 2016

Arduino 101

The 101 keeps the same form factor as other standard Arduinos, but replaces the usual Atmel chip for the Intel Curie module — the first dev board to carry this mighty little chip. While still programmable through the Arduino environment, the Curie brings a 6-axis combination accelerometer and gyroscope along with Bluetooth Low Energy radio for wireless connectivity. For educational use, it’s hard to go wrong with boards that work with all things Arduino (shields, IDE, code); the 101 will slide right in.

To help push the 101 over the edge as a great educational board, it is one of the few that is supported by Google Science Journal, letting users connect additional sensors they can log with the app.

Specs
Arduino/Genuino 101 Arduino
Type:Microcontroller
Price:$30
Software:Arduino
Input Voltage:7—12V (recommended), 7—20V (limit)
Operating Voltage:3.3V
Clock Speed:32Mhz
Main Processor:32-bit Intel Curie
WiFi?:No
Bluetooth?:Yes (Nordic nRF51822)
Video?:No
Ethernet?:No
I/O Pins (digital):14 (4 PWM)
I/O Pins (analog):6 (10-bit resolution)
DC Current per I/O Pin:20mA
Memory:196kB (Flash), 24kB (SRAM)

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Why To Buy

Like the rest of the Arduino range, the main reason to purchase the 101 is the community that has formed around the boards. If you have a problem then you can probably find someone else that’s had it before, and already solved it, so if you’re getting started with microcontrollers the Arduino 101 is the perfect introductory purchase. It’s also a good buy if you’re interested in using Bluetooth LE in your project, or need to the 6-axis IMU that comes with the board. At $30 with onboard Bluetooth LE, it’s probably the most attractive of the current Arduino line up.

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