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Best resources for ARM and small form factor computing?

thesandbender (911391) writes | about 7 months ago

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thesandbender (911391) writes "I'd like to get into development with small form factor computing as a hobby but it seems every week there's new announcements for commercial and crowd-sourced projects and it's difficult to get a good handle on all the offerings out there and how they stack up against each other. What are the recommendations for blogs or aggregators that track this sort of thing?"

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It depends on your definition of 'small' (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about 7 months ago | (#44806691)

It depends on your definition of 'small'. I enjoy working with everything from bare microcontrollers [microchip.com] (no OS, programming on the bare metal in ASM or (gasp) C) to full-blown SoC's [raspberrypi.org] that run Linux. In between there are Arduino boards [arduino.cc] that have a good following and more developer-friendly tools than the bare metal uControllers, but lack all of the features of a full-blown SoC.

It also depends on what you want to do. If you're looking to perform basic computing tasks in a small form factor, then the small SoC's are probably what you want. If you want to do more real-world interfacing (stepper motors, PWM, A/D, D/A, etc) you might want to lean toward the more microchip/arduino end (although the Raspberry Pi does have a decent selection of I/O pins).

Good luck - embedded is where the fun is!

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