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Arduino extends support to Linux IoT devices and SBCs

Steve Rogerson
March 14, 2018
The latest update of Arduino Create enables fast and easy development of IoT applications using the Arduino framework and libraries on a range of Linux devices including Intel SBCs, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone.
At this week’s Embedded Linux Conference in Portland, Orgon, Arduino announced the expansion of the number of architectures supported by its Arduino Create platform for the development of IoT applications. With this release, Arduino Create users can manage and programme popular Linux single-board computers such as the Aaeon UP² board, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone as if they were regular Arduino boards.
Multiple Arduino programmes can run simultaneously on a Linux-based board and interact and communicate with each other, leveraging the capabilities provided by the new Arduino Connector. Moreover, IoT devices can be managed and updated remotely, independently from where they are located.
“At Arduino we want to empower anyone to be an active player in the digital world,” said Fabio Violante, Arduino CEO. “Being able to run Arduino code and manage connected Linux devices is an important step in this direction, especially for IoT applications that need more computing power, like AI and computer vision.”
To simplify the user journey, Arduino has also developed an out-of-the-box experience for Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone boards, in addition to Intel SBCs, which enables anyone to set up a device from scratch via the cloud without any previous knowledge by following an intuitive web-based wizard. Arduino plans to continue enriching and expanding the set of features of Arduino Create in the coming months.
“With this release, Arduino extends its reach into edge computing, enabling anybody with Arduino programming experience to manage and develop complex multi-architecture IoT applications on gateways,” said Massimo Banzi, Arduino CTO. “This is an important step forward in democratising access to the professional internet of things.”
Arduino is an open-source hardware and software ecosystem. The company offers a range of hardware platforms, software tools, cloud services and documentation enabling anybody to be creative with technology. Arduino is a popular tool for IoT as well as for stem education.