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The Maker Movement is Serious Business

Maker Fair 2014

The maker movement is going mainstream, and like the early champions of Linux, frontrunners of the movement can be thought of as pioneers.

"A third industrial revolution is underway." - The Economist

Atmel® has been inspiring the Maker Movement, since 2005, when our microcontrollers (MCUs) began powering Arduino™. Arduino, a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer can, is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. The platform is accessible, and gaining traction with an increasingly young audience. Within the next 5 to 10 years, analysts believe the Arduino will be used in every school to teach electronics and physical computing. Atmel’s easy-to-use 8- and 32-bit MCUs (both our Atmel AVR® and ARM®) are powering Arduino and ergo is at the heart of the global maker movement.

"By 2018, 50 percent of the Internet of Things solutions will be provided by startups which are less than 3 years old.”

—Jim Tully, Research Director at Gartner

Analysts believe the number of connected devices in the world could reach more than 50 billion over the next decade, and that by 2020 there will be:

  • 3 billion subscribers with sufficient means to buy information on a 24-hour basis to enhance their lifestyles and improve personal security. in mature markets, these customers will typically possess between 5-10 connected devices each
  • 1.5 billion vehicles globally, not counting trams and railways
  • 3 billion utility meters (electricity, water and gas)
  • A cumulative 100 billion processors shipped, each capable of processing information and communicating

It’s highly probable that the next big Internet of Things killer app will be born out of the innovative Maker Community, on an easy-to-use Arduino board.

By being tied into Arduino, Atmel has made itself a key building block for the Internet of Things, not just for hobbyists, but controlling a significant mindshare of the prototyping market for big customers too.

Today, both Atmel AVR 8-bit MCUs and Atmel 32-bit ARM®-based MCUs power a variety of Arduino’s easy-to-use boards including:

  • Arduino Due. Based on an Atmel ARM Cortex®-M3 processor-based MCU, also known as the Atmel SAM3 MCU, the Due board is ideal for home automation projects and can run up to 96MHz.
  • Arduino WiFi Shield. Built for WiFi applications, the Arduino WiFi shield is powered by the Atmel AVR UC3 MCU and a H&D wireless module, and provides developers a powerful WiFi interface.
  • Arduino Leonardo. Based on the Atmel megaAVR® ATmega32U4, the Arduino Leonardo is a low-cost Arduino board. It has the same shape and connectors as the UNO but it has a simpler circuit. On the software side it has a USB driver able to simulate a mouse, a keyboard, and a serial port.

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