Whether you are a hobbyist, student, or engineer. If you build projects, at some point you might have used Arduino development boards. But different projects have different requirements and thus require different controllers.
Choosing microcontrollers for your project can be confusing. But now you don’t have to spend hours finding the ideal controller because we got you covered. This article comprises a list of the Top 5 Microcontroller Development Boards in the current market.
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1. Arduino Uno Rev3
The Arduino UNO has been around for over a decade and it has been a major foundation for many projects. Arduino UNO has been recommended as the first choice for beginners as it is the most versatile development board in the market. Due to its low price and ease of use, this board is one of my favorites.
2. Arduino Nano V3
Arduino Nano is a smaller, more compact version of UNO. It has the same SoC as Arduino UNO ATmega328P but is much smaller. Very useful for building projects that require smaller more compact designs.
3. NodeMCU V3 (ESP8266)
ESP Boards are more powerful and feature-rich compared to the Arduinos boards mentioned above. NodeMCU V3 ESP-12E is an ESP8266 based development board compatible with Arduino. Basically, this board is similar to Arduino but with more storage and a faster clock. On top of that, it has onboard WiFi! It is a great board to start with your IoT projects.
4. Raspberry Pi Pico
Raspberry Pi’s first attempt at building an MCU resulted in Raspberry Pi Pico. A tiny development board capable of doing amazing things. Raspberry Pi Pico is powered by RP2040 a dual-core Arm Cortex M0+ microcontroller developed by the Raspberry Pi foundation. Due to its compatibility with both MicroPython and Arduino Development Environment, Pico is one of the most versatile MCU boards in the market.
5. NodeMCU ESP32S
ESP32S is an upgraded version of ESP8266. Like its predecessor, ESP32S is compatible with Arduino. Powered by a dual-core processor ESP32S development boards are faster and more efficient. Along with WiFi this board also features Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE).
Here is a list of all the popular Microcontroller development boards in the market as of July 2021. I hope now it makes it easier for you to select the perfect development board for your projects. Also, check out the Top 10 must-have tools for makers.
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