RS Components (RS) presents Arduino Yun, the first member of a new family of wireless products that integrates the open-source Arduino architecture with Linux.
Yun, meaning 'cloud' in Chinese language, combines the existing Arduino Leonardo based on Atmel's ATmega32u4 8-bit microcontroller with an embedded Atheros AR9331 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC) running Linino, a MIPS GNU/Linux variant of OpenWRT. The principal feature of the new board is a Bridge library, which makes it easy to navigate complex web services that use verbose, RAM-intensive text-based formats such as XML by delegating all network connections and processing of HTTP transactions to the Linux-based SoC.
Key features of Arduino Yun wireless boards include 14 digital input/output pins, seven pulse width modulation (PWM) channels and 12 analogue inputs. The Yun also incorporates a 16MHz crystal oscillator and a microUSB connector plus a Standard-A type USB connection and a PoE compatible microSD card socket for additional storage. When powered up for the first time, the Yun functions as a Wi-Fi access point, creating a Wi-Fi network called 'Arduino'. The board can then be configured by entering a Wi-Fi network name and password.
Describing the Yun as a welcome addition to the Arduino family for anyone wishing to develop interactive objects and environments, Jon Boxall, Global Head of Semiconductors, RS Components says that its availability is especially timely for the burgeoning Internet of Things market, opening the door to a whole host of new open-source design opportunities and applications that were previously out of reach using existing Arduino boards.
The new Arduino Yun, plus other members of the Arduino family, is available to purchase direct from RS stock for same-day despatch along with a range of extension boards.