Atmel+ARM SoC = Crystal Board

The Crystal Board is an integrated development platform for DIY Makers and engineers. The open source board, powered by a quad-core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor (RK3188), is also equipped with Atmel’s Atmega328 MCU to facilitate Arduino compatibility.

Additional platform specs include a MALI 400 GPU (ARM), SD card, 1-2GB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, GPS an FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), along with multiple connections and sensors. The board only requires a single power supply and can be powered via an external battery or laptop USB port.

“With Atmel’s Atmega328 and Arduino UNO compatible pins, you can use any Arduino shields on the market [with] ease,” a Red Crystal rep explained in a recent Kickstarter post. “In addition, Atmel’s MCU communicates with [the] ARM SoC via UART.”

On the software side, the Red Crystal crew has developed a web server app with a slick GUI and is currently working on coding cloud-based software that will allow users to more effectively manage and control multiple boards.

Interested in learning more about Crystal Board? You can check out the project’s official Kickstarter page here.

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