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  1. onebir
    August 8, 2013

    Looks like Arduino Nanos are already available from China for a similar price:
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item//837236806.html
    Interested to hear how they might compare…

  2. cnxsoft
    August 9, 2013

    @onebir
    That’s cheap!

    The board you’ve shown are based on 8-bit AVR MCU @ 20 MHz with 2KB SRAM, 32KB Flash,
    MC HCK is based on 32-bit Cortex M4 MCU @ with 16KB SRAM, 160 KB Flash. I haven’t checked the I/O in detail, but it’s a much more powerful and flexible.

    If they manufacture it, I’m not sure they can get as low as $5, because current price relies on 5 free samples from Freescale. That MCU normally costs $2.3 per pc for 1k order.

  3. onebir
    August 9, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    I was kind of surprised to see any kind of Arduino at that price :p It turns out it’s not a Nano, but a ‘Pro Mini’ – which I’d never heard of before:
    http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardProMini

    Thanks for the comparison! Perhaps the reduced cost of the PCB &/ production in bulk will let them keep the overall costs down close to $5…

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