16 Jan 2014 shimniok   » (Journeyer)

Check this out: LPC800-MAX

Have you heard of the LPC800-MAX? Arduino shield-compatible, mbed-enabled, and LPCXpresso pin-compatible one one board. Costs about US$20.

LPC800-MAX image from mbed.org
Perhaps you saw one of the reviews, maybe the, erm, editorial from Olimex? What are your thoughts on this board? Here's my summary...

It's not hard to see the reason for the vitriol from Olimex. The use of external ADC and I/O expansion ICs is a baffling kludge--if the goal was to build an Arduino competitor. Why not use a much faster LPC with more memory and flash and with all the requisite pins and peripherals? I suspect the board exists to sell the LPC812 as an 8-bit killer.

The mbed support in particular makes it tempting to get one since I am quite familiar and happy with mbed. I don't know if the expansion ICs operate transparently but if not it'd be a bit cumbersome to use. So, would you buy one? Is NXP nuts?

Syndicated 2014-01-16 17:00:00 (Updated 2014-01-16 17:00:01) from Michael Shimniok

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