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5 great Arduino alternatives

5 great Arduino alternatives

Don't let Arduino have all the fun.

The Arduino family of products has become very popular; By combining the open source nature of the hardware and software, the Arduino Foundation hit a home run. Plus, with millions of Arduino-based devices, there are tons of projects, products, and resources available that expand the potential of the dev board. But with all the hype surrounding the Arduino-based boards, let's not forget about the other great Arduino alternatives. There are numerous boards that use AVR chips similar to the Arduino, but this list is for boards without AVR cores. Look at her!

Ti MSP430 LaunchPad

For around $ 10, the Ti MSP430 LaunchPad is a great low-budget alternative to an Arduino. The MSP430 LaunchPad can be used with 3 Ti supported IDEs: Energia IDE, CCS Cloud and Code Composer Studio. Energia is visually very similar to the Arduino IDE and includes some example programs such as "Getting Started With Energia" and "The MSP430 Is Very Simple". Like the shields of the Arduino platform, the Launchpad platform also has various "booster packs" to expand the functionality of the board.


The Netduino is an ARM-based development board that was programmed with the .NET Framework. With up to 168 MHz processor, these boards are very powerful compared to an Arduino UNO. One of the biggest advantages of using a Netduino that comes from an Arduino is that the pinouts are similar on many of the Netduino boards. There are several flavors of Netduino boards - take a look at them and see if they suit your needs.

Teensy (ARM based)

The Teensy series development boards are small cards based on a Freescale ARM Cortex-M4 microprocessor. With a clock rate of up to 75Mhz, multiple data buses, 5v tolerant pins and a reasonable price, the Teensy offers a lot in a small package. The Teensy uses the Arduino IDE, so a lot of code will work without much change. There are also some additional cards for the Teensy to increase its functionality.

Particle photon

Originally launched under a different name than Kickstarter, the Particle with WiFi capability is gaining popularity. The Particles' 120 MHz ARM Cortex M3 is programmed with Photon's cloud-based IDE, which offers some additional functionality for your next IoT project. Photon is expanding its product range to include several umbrellas and also has a 3G version of the board, the Electron, which is due to come onto the market at the end of January 2016.


The ESP8266 is not a dev board, but a microprocessor with WiFi capability that is becoming very popular. ESP8266 development boards start at $ 2 and numerous different types are available. The ESP8266 can be programmed with the Arduino IDE and has extensive documentation. For the price, this development board is hard to beat - just be careful. these boards typically take 3.3v, not 5v!

While this is not an exhaustive list, there are dozens of development boards out there that can definitely come in handy. If you think I've excluded an important development team from this list, let me know in the comments below!