|MC-Nove (Arduino-Compatible-Duemilanove ), MC-Mega (Arduino-Compatible-Mega, ), MC-Nano (Arduino-Compatible-Nano, )||MultiComp and CadSodt are members of the Premier-Farnell Group of Companies|
Arduino boards have proved to be very popular with hobbysts, students and engineers alike. This is so primarily due to their simplicity, functionality but more to the point, due to the open-source prototyping platform.
The boards are available as pre-built units or can be self made to suit from the readily available information from the forum, as well as with the use of the EAGLE CadSoft files. Components required for self-built boards are readily available from any one of the Premier-Farnell's divisions for electronic components distribution.
Arduino boards are available from a number of outlets including group of Premier-Farnell Companies, namely, Farnell, Newark, Premier-Electronics for the MultiComp versions. Premier-Farnell took a conscious decision to offer their own version of the boards, proving that exact form-fit-function alternatives are possible to make and distribute, hence the Arduino-compatible boards from 'MultiComp' , including the Duemilanove (MC-Nove), Mega (MC-Mega) and Nano (MC-Nano). The popularity of the 3 boards mentioned above is easy to understand when one sees the number of projects being based upon them
There are multiple versions of the Arduino boards, including the popular basic USB board, the Duemilanove, based on the Atmel ATmega328. The Duemilanove connects to the computer with a standard USB cable, containing the necessary parts to program and is extendable with a variety of 'shield' boards. Shields are boards that mount onto the Arduino board and extend the functionality of Arduino. Today, there are a number of -duino shields available in various forms and guise. The interesting question is .... which ones would prove to be useful to the wider audience so that Premier-Farnell can provide MultiComp versions of the same.
A number of shields often seen posted on the various supporting sites include Arduino protoshield, WiFi, Motor-Drive, ethernet, midi, xBee, lilypad, to mention some. Equally, it would prove useful to receive suggestions for lower-cost alternatives to the other Arduino Original Boards.