Arduino Technology
Microcontrollers Explained


Last year’s MAKE Vol. 36 had a great explainer piece from contributing editor Matt Richardson about microcontrollers and development boards. Before we get too far along in our Arduino coverage we thought it would be good to resurface this glossary to board’s like Arduino and others.

Matt writes:

Development boards come in many different types and sizes, with vastly different feature sets. Comparing the particular spec of one board directly to another will rarely give you the full picture. Here are some of the common parts and terms that come into play when evaluating different boards.

Read all about it here.


Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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