As we know that Arduino is a microcontroller board which helps you to manage your day-to-day repetitive tasks easily. These tasks include lighting a bulb, reading the outside temperature, open and close a garage door, making online posts, and much more. Time to time, new upgraded versions of the Arduino boards, modules, Arduino Starter kits, and accessories are launched by the company. And by keeping this tradition, the Arduino has launched the latest Arduino board – Arduino 101.

The Arduino 101 delivers the high-class performance with the low-power consumption of the Intel® Curie™ Module. It is specially designed for the complex projects, which need a high firepower. And it is out for sale at just the entry-level price. Both the Arduino 101 (For USA) and Genuino 101 (For outside USA) are available for hacking and study purposes. The Arduino 101 has all the robust features of the Arduino UNO board with some added functionalities of 6-axis gyro/accelerometer and onboard Bluetooth LE capabilities, which help you to expand your creativity for complex designs.

The Intel module comes with two tiny cores, a 32-bit ARC architecture core and an x86 (Quark) both with a clock speed of 32MHz. The Arduino sketches are compiled by the Intel toolchain to complete your most demanding tasks.

Arduino 101 Development Board

Specifications of the Arduino 101 board:

 

  • It comes with 14 digital I/O pins, of which 4 pins can be used as PWM outputs
  • Comes with 6 analog input pins
  • A USB connector is included for a serial communication and to upload sketch
  • Power jack to power up your microcontroller
  • An ICSP header with SPI signals and dedicated I2C pins
  • It has an operating voltage of 3.3V
  • Comes with a flash memory of 196KB and a SRAM of 24KB
  • It has a clock speed of 32MHz

Programming of Arduino 101

The Arduino 101 can be programmed by using the official Arduino software (IDE) from the Arduino website. It is programmed with an RTOS, which handles the USB connection. It also allows you to upload new code without using any external hardware programmer. It uses DFU protocol for communication.

Firmware update

The Arduino 101 board receives Firmware updates from time to time. If you want to compile your own firmware, the source code, and full information is available on the Intel’s download page.

How is it differing from the other boards?

The Arduino 101 firmware has most common features with the Arduino UNO. The advanced features like motion sensors, onboard BLE, and low-power Intel microcontroller make it unique. Both the Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 are designed in the collaboration with Intel.

Conclusion

All the above specifications, features and details about the Arduino 101 Firmware will make you think of buying it for sure. With the 101’s accelerometer helps you count your steps, the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities) will help you check your heart rate, and you can discover the sensor fusion by trying out the integrated gyro and accelerometer. Get the latest Arduino 101 board and design your complex projects easily.

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