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09 May 2012, 10:28

Pinguino IDE updated with new user interface

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Zoom The redesigned Pinguino IDE

The IDE for the Arduino-compatible Pinguino micro-controller board has been updated to version X.3 which includes a completely reworked UI. The new interface now comes with tools such as a file manager, an overview of functions used, and text search, along with the usual code and status windows. The IDE now also supports two separate debug modes via USB and serial port.

Pinguino boards use 32-bit PIC processors instead of Ardunio's usual 8-bit Atmel CPUs, but are compatible with Arduino Shields and Sketches. Code written for Pinguino uses C and C++ and its libraries are similar to the
Zoom PIC32 Pinguino board
Source: Olimex
Arduino ones. Arduino Sketches can be executed without any modifications, they however run faster due to the increased processing power. Pinguino boards also include more RAM and are generally cheaper than the Arduino alternatives.

The IDE is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and its source code is licensed under the GPLv2. Hardware schematics for the Pinguino board are licensed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 licence.


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