The Arduino Due was already a step up, swapping the 16MHz 8-bit ATMEGA328P microcontroller for a 84MHz 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 chip from Atmel. But the new DigiX board aims to take the Due base to another level.
The DigiX Arduino-compatible board is built on the Due form factor so its compatible with all Due shields but unlike the Due, there isn’t a spec of spare real estate on this one anywhere. It’s loaded to the eyeballs with extra goodies, including stereo analog audio output, but also incorporates a built-in low-power 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module, complete with TCP/IP stack and wireless mesh network module.
The mesh feature appears to be built around the nRF24L01+ wireless module and through mesh, you can talk to other nRF24L01+ devices as well as use the DigiX to hook into your home Wi-Fi network. One example could be a series of remote cell weather beacons on a property that use mesh to communicate and DigiX to talk to your PC over Wi-Fi.
While the board has apparently already been completed, the Kickstarter project is aimed at trying to get the price down to just $59, or less than $10 more than the average selling price for the official Arduino Due board.
The board also comes with enough digital I/O pins to satisfy any design – 99 in total – and has MicroUSB with OTG functionality.
The Kickstarter project met its $50,000 target within two weeks and finishes on July 7. The deal is get a board for $59 in September or pay $149 for a limited (100) edition boards, signed and delivered.
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