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There is no better open-source way for a BEAM enthusiast to get into microcontrollers. Based on the open-source project from Italy, this Atmel ATMega328 microcontroller is nested into an easy-to-talk-to cocoon o' technology! The development language is very "C"-like, but simpler and runs in a Java-based all-in-one environment supported on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Since it's open-source it has a huge support community, with many, many tutorials and reference code you can draw from. If you've want to see how to do...something, it's most likely that somebody has already started writing some similar code that will put you on the right path! The SB-Freeduino is our own special port of the Arduino project's Diecimila reference design.
Freeduino.org releases files and provides a name... other people do the rest. Some people have made new products with the Freeduino PCB files, while others have adopted the Freeduino name in true open-source spirit! We list each of them here with a link to its appropriate maker/vendor, in no particular order. Didd you make a Freeduino board with the name "Freeduino" printed on it? Send us the detials and we'll post it here for free! Freeduino USB: the original!
Freeduino is a collaborative open-source project to replicate and publish Arduino-compatible hardware files. The Freeduino Eagle SCH, BRD and Gerber production files allow users to create boards that are 100% functionally, electrically and physically compatible with Arduino hardware. While Arduino is a protected trademark, Freeduino comes with a free and unrestricted license to use the Freeduino name, available for any use. This means you can do whatever you want with these files.
** New ** Now the Freeduino USB Kit comes with a mini USB-B connector pre-soldered to the PCB. The Computer Science Division at Allegheny College created some very cool Freeduino USB Kit assembling videos !!! The KIT now includes the ATmega328P microcontroller and requires Arduino IDE version 0013 or higher.