Last saturday an article in the newspaper caught my attention. The story was about 3 students that made their own development board: the Simplecortex, built around the LPC1769 from NXP, a ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller running @ 120 MHz with 512KB flash, 64KB RAM, MicroSD slot, 8 x 12bit ADC, 10bit DAC, SPI, 6 xPWM, 3 x I2C, 4 x UART, USB-host and Ethernet on board (did I miss something?)
Here’s a comparison with 2 Arduino boards:
Furthermore, the Simplecortex is Arduino pin compatible.
As development environment the free CoIDE from CooCox is used. This IDE supports debugging and lots of other features not found in the Arduino IDE but which are very welcome
And last but not least, you’re not left in the dark after buying the Simplecortex – the website of the company that developed the board contains information on how to get started, there are libraries and examples you can download and there’s a forum. Sounds good to me, good enough to buy & try one!