Arduino, the 15-year-old startup behind the eponymous open source microcontroller, launched two new products today at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018: Uno WiFi Rev 2, the first Arduino development board with integrated Wi-Fi, and MKR Vidor 4000, a board with a programmable FPGA.
The Arduino Uno WiFi Rev 2 will be available for purchase from the Arduino Store at the end of June, with the MKR Vidor 4000 to come later in 2018. Pricing information was not provided.
The Arduino Uno WiFI Rev 2 is designed with internet of things (IoT) applications in mind. Besides the addition of Wi-Fi, highlights include a new AVR microcontroller from Microchip — the ATmega4809 — with 6KB of RAM, 48K of flash memory, and 3 UART serial ports. The 8-bit chip has an integrated analog-to-digital converter (DAC), which Arduino claims can more accurately measure external temperature, motion, and light levels than previous-generation Arduino boards, and an integrated ATECC608 cryptographic co-processor that provides hardware-based, industrial-level security when connected to cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Thanks to the ATmega4809, the Arduino Uno WiFi Rev 2 also features Core Independent Peripherals functionality, which allows peripherals to operate independently of the CPU. In practice, that means developers can move peripherals to other pins to avoid conflicts.
The MKR Vidor 4000, the other Arduino flagship product unveiled today, boasts the aforementioned FPGA, or field programmable gate array. Unlike a microcontroller or microprocessor, which has dedicated pins for specific features, FPGAs are…