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chipKIT Uno32™ Arduino™-Compatible Prototyping Platform

Vendor's Description: 

The Uno32 is an Arduino-compatible platform combining Arduino compatibility with the performance of the Microchip PIC32 microcontroller -- core running at 80Mhz, 128K of flash program memory and 32K of SRAM data memory. The Uno32 is the same form factor as the Arduino Uno board and is compatible with Arduino shields.

The Uno32 hardware has a May 21, 2011 commercial release date and lists for $26.95. More info is available from Digilent.

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I am curious how it can be Arduino compatible when using a completely different processor. For example the servo command changes several of the hardware registers. Does your bootloader re-map the hardware registers?

Found this new board while looking for RAM options for arduino and thought it sounds like a big leap forward. Wanted to post it somewheres and guessed at "Components." Wrong place?

http://www.microchip.com/chipkit has more details.  Deciphering their marketing isnt helping -- "compatible with many" instead of "all" shields.





Application development within the Arduino IDE while leveraging existing code examples, tutorials and resources



Pin-out compatibility with many existing Arduino shields that can operate at 3.3V



Lower price-point at four times the performance than existing solutions



Advanced capabilities including:



Integrated USB (Device/Host, OTG)



Integrated Ethernet

So is this judgement day for the arduino boards if this is a hit?  :D

Wondering if this is enough onboard processing power and memory for 2D mapping?  At least it is about the same price as a regular aurduino board.