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Raspberry Pi and Arduino Alternatives

Are you bored with Arduino? Don’t like it and want to buy something else? Arduino uses the Atmel chip which can also be found on other microcontrollers offering the same kind of functionality as Arduino does. Here is the list of some other fantastic microcontrollers like Arduino:

Raspberry Pi

Yes, it is what I am also looking forward to buy in the near future. You can consider it is the best microcontroller in the market now. It offers you what Arduino can’t offer. For example: Arduino doesn’t let you connect to the internet on its own, which means you require a shield but in the case of Raspberry Pi you don’t need to keep on buying shields for various purposes like in case of Arduino.

In terms of technical language, it come with 1 GB RAM as compared to 2KB in Arduino, it has HDMI port, Networking Port, USB 2.0 Port, Audio Jack, SD Card Port and with it you get freedom to write in one of these languages:

  • Python,
  • C,
  • C++,
  • Ruby,
  • Java,
  • Scratch.

These features provide a lot of opportunities to innovate and design something which fascinates this world.

MSP430 LaunchPad

It is a low price Arduino like device which has been made by Texas Instruments, a well-known company for its quality products. It comes with a RAM of 512 Byte in comp. to Arduino’s 2 Kb. Arduino uses Arduino IDE to upload codes to its microcontroller, it uses:

  • IDE,
  • CCS Cloud,
  • Code Composer Studio (to upload codes).

NetDuino

You can say it is like a bridge between Arduino and Raspberry pi. Netduino offers you the functionality somewhat like a Raspberry pi, it has:

  • digital input,
  • Output Pins,
  • various ports like Ethernet, SD Card Slot.

It comes up with 168 Mhz Processor which is quite powerful.

Unlike Arduino’s, it has different kind of microcontroller and have they their programming language like C#, and preferred only in some types of Projects.

Teensy

Teensy is like Arduino in a small package. It offers Arduino like functionalities in a small size. They are based on ARM Cortex-M4 microprocessor.

Teensy differs in the sense that the input voltage required by Teensy is quite High. It uses the IDE to upload code to it with the help of USB A-B Cable.

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