Review of Arduino Due



Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 10
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 9
Demo Software was of good quality: 9
Demo was easy to use: 9
Support materials were available: 10
The price to performance ratio was good: 10

TotalScore: 57 / 60
  • awneil  awneil
    Level 5  RoadTester since Oct 9, 2009


  • Evaluation Type: Independent Products
  • Application you used the part in: As a general-purpose (non-Arduino) development target.
  • Was everything in the box required?: No - The user has to provide a USB cable. All tools, drivers, & documentation have to be downloaded. None of these is a problem!
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Broadly Comparable to SAM4S XPlained
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: The translation from "Arduino-speak" to "normal" terminology. But that was rxpected!

  • Detailed Review:

    As an “old hand” embedded systems developer with over 25 years experience, I have thought that Arduino sounds a useful hardware platform – but have no interest in learning its rather idiosyncratic software language & environment. Therefore the object of this Road Test was to investigate using the Arduino Due as plain, ordinary “bare-metal” development board – without any of the Arduino stuff.

     

    Although not trivial, the task was not really any harder than expected. There were no showstoppers.

     

    I was able to use the free Keil MDK "Lite" edition to create standard 'C' programs, download and debug using a uLink-2 in the normal manner

     

    2013-05-15 Arduino Due uLink 003a-lo.jpg

     

    The full report is in the attached MS-Word document.

     

    The attached MS-Excel workbook contains the information deduced about pinouts & connections.

     

    The attached ZIP file contains the final source code & uVision-4 Project described in the report.

     

    All files are supplied "AS IS" without warranties of any kind; use entirely at own risk.




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