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Date: 18-05-14

32-bit ARM Cortex M0 microcontroller based 'Arduino Zero' board

Atmel has launched 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 SAMD21 microcontroller based Arduino Zero board. Arduino Zero board is suggested for applications such as IoT, wearable computing, high-tech automation, robotics and any such 32-bit low-power but yet not that high-level of processing intensive tasks. Arduino Zero is 32-bit extension of Arduino's previous board Arduino UNO.

“The Zero board expands the Arduino family by providing increased performance to fuel the creativity of the maker community,” said Massimo Banzi, Arduino co-founder and CEO. “The flexible feature set enables endless project opportunities for devices and acts as a great educational tool for learning about 32-bit application development.”

“Leveraging more than 15 years of experience since the inception of AVR, simplicity and ease-of-use have been at the core of Atmel’s technology,” said Reza Kazerounian, senior vice president and general manager, microcontroller business unit at Atmel. “Atmel is pleased to see the continued growth of the global maker community stemming from the increasing access and availability to open source platforms such as Arduino. We enable makers, but the power lies within the makers themselves.”

The features of Arduino Zero Board:
The Arduino Zero board features the Atmel SAMD21 Microcontroller, with 256kb of flash and 32kb SRAM in a TQFP package. Compatible with 3.3V Shield that conform to the Arduino R3 Layout, development with the Arduino Zero using the Arduino programming language is fully supported through a custom developed software library, integrated in the Arduino development environment. The Arduino Zero board also features flexible peripherals and Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG), which provides a full debug interface on the SAMD21 without the need for additional hardware, significantly increasing the ease-of-use for software debugging. EDBG also supports a virtual COM port that can be used for device programming and traditional Arduino boot loader functionality.

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