Digi-Key Electronics and Make: which is the leading publication and network for makers has released the 2021 Boards Guide and companion Digi-Key AR augmented reality app that is available in both the Apple App Store for iOS devices and the Google Play store for Android based mobile devices. Divided into sections for microcontroller (MCU), single-board controller (SBC) and field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based boards, this guide helps students, makers and professional engineers identify the latest technology available to help bring innovation to life.
As a companion to this year’s guide, Digi-Key is proud to announce an augmented reality app leveraging cameras, displays and sensors in today’s mobile devices. With over 50 boards available in AR, the app is the best way to virtually interact with these leading platforms. The Digi-Key AR app is designed to work in conjunction with the guide or as a standalone experience.
With detailed comparisons of over 150 boards, there is no better way to find the right solution for rapid prototyping and embedded design from leading vendors including Adafruit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, SparkFun, BeagleBone, Micro:bit, Seeed Studio, STMicroelectronics, Microchip, Cypress and more. New to this year’s guide is a highlighted case study on the recently introduced Raspberry Pi 2040 MCU-based solutions. Within its first year, there have been over 60 boards developed from various suppliers cementing the new microcontroller architecture’s place in the embedded design world.
Another exclusive available only from within the app includes a video from industry visionaries on what the future will bring to embedded boards. The video includes insights from:
- Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Founder and CEO, Adafruit Industries
- Eben Upton, CEO, Raspberry Pi Trading
- Eric Pan, Founder and CEO, Seeed Studio
- Paul Beech, Co-Founder, Pimoroni Ltd.
- Zach Supalla, CEO, Particle
- Bob Martin, Wizard of Make – Senior Staff Engineer, Microchip Technology
The guide will be distributed with the November volume of Make: magazine. PDF versions of the guide and links to download the Digi-Key AR app are available at http://www.digikey.com/boardsguide.