Arduino Due packs a processing punch, gives your DIY projects a boost

Arduino offers all sorts of microcontrollers for all sorts of DIY projects. If you're looking for something with a little more performance than the standard Arduino board, the company has something new that it thinks you might like.

After six years in the making, the Arduino Due is finally available to tinkerers, and it comes with some useful new features. The Due (named for the Italian word for "two") has an Amtel SAM3X8E processor (which is based on the 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 processor) and built-in USB 2.0, so it'll work with a wide array of USB devices. The Due also has 12 ADC analog inputs, which is twice the number you'll find on the earlier Arduino Uno.

Arduino designed the Due with the 3D printing, scientific, and ARM-programming communities in mind. As far as 3D printing goes, the company says that this new board can allow for faster, more precise equipment that required fewer components. Arduino also mentions flying drones—such as quadrocopters—as another possible use for the Due.

The Arduino Due will cost $49, and it'll ship sometime in November. Do you plan on getting one? If so, what would you make with it? Sound off in the comments.

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