HummingBoard Gate introduced last month was the first board I saw with a mikroBUS socket that can be used with over 150 “Click boards” by MikroElektronika adding functionalities such as sensors, OLED displays, relays, servos, and so on. But if you project don’t quite need the power of a full featured Linux board, or you simply prefer working with the Arduino IDE, MikroElektronika has just launched Flip & Click board powered by an Atmel SAM3X8E Cortex-M3 micro-controller and featuring four mikroBUS sockets on the back of the board, as well as Arduino compatible headers on the top.
Flip & Click board specifications:
- MCU – Atmel AT91SAM3X8E Cortex M3 micro-controller @ 84MHz with 512 KB flash, 100 KB SRAM (64+32+4), also used in Arduino Due.
- Expansions Headers
- Arduino UNO compatible headers on the top
- 4x mikroBUS socket on the bottom
- USB – micro USB port for programming and power
- Misc – Reset button, LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
- Dimensions – N/A
So you’ll be able to use both Arduino shields and up to 4 of the 160+ Click boards. The board can be programmed using the Arduino IDE via the micro USB port.
The company was at the Maker Faire Rome 2015 where they showcased some sous-vide cooker, a weather station, and a breathalyser based on the board and Click add-on boards such as temperature sensor, thunder sensor, ambient light sensor, OLED display, etc…
Flip & Click should start selling for less than $40 in the middle of November. MikroElektronika’s Flip & Click product page does not have that much information right now, but eventually more details should surface there.