Over the weekend at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 technology event, the official Arduino team unveiled two new additions to its ever-growing range of Internet of Things development boards, introducing the MKR Vidor 4000 and the Uno WiFi Rev 2. The MKR Vidor 4000 has been specially designed for IoT applications and is the first-ever Arduino based on an FPGA chip, equipped with a SAM D21 microcontroller, a u-blox Nina W102 WiFi module, and an ECC508 crypto chip for secure connection to local networks and the Internet.
“As we grow, partner and invest, we will fuel the vast IoT and software markets across the industry,” said Banzi. “Inspiring the Arduino community with easy to deploy solutions that enable our users to have access to larger both flash and RAM memory for more demanding IoT projects.”
The new Arduino Uno WiFi Rev 2 development board has been co-developed with Microchip and is built around the new ATmega4809, a u-blox Nina W102 WiFi module, and an integrated IMU. The Uno WiFi has been designed to make it easier to deploy products and projects that require connectivity using the classic Arduino form factor. Specifications of the new development board include an ATmega4809 providing 6KB of RAM, 48KB of Flash, three UARTS, Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs), and an integrated high-speed ADC. The development team explain “combined with Microchip’s ECC608 crypto chip on the Uno board, the microcontroller also provides hardware-based security for connecting projects to the cloud including AWS and Google”.
“Arduino aims at supporting professional developers, makers and educators during the entire lifecycle of IoT product development, from the initial learning phases to mass deployment,” noted Violante. “Being based on the popular AVR technology, but on steroids, and with an enhanced WiFi connectivity, the Uno WiFi Rev 2 is a big step forward for all users that want to leverage the vast ecosystem of shields and libraries available for the traditional Uno form factor, in connected use cases.”
For more information in full specifications on both of the new Internet of Things development boards jump over to the official Arduino website and blog by following the link below. Both the MKR Vidor 4000 and Uno WiFi Rev2 will be available to purchase from the Arduino online store at the end of June 2018. The current time no pricing has been confirmed by the Arduino team.