Featured Microcontroller Board Platforms
Adafruit Metro Board
The Adafruit Metro Boards utilize the ATmega328 microcontroller. Available with and without headers pre-installed, the standard Metro Boards work with all Adafruit shields. Check out the Metro Mini for a tiny breadboard-friendly version.
Arduino is an open-source platform utilized on inexpensive hardware, designed to get even the most inexperienced user up and running quickly. Arduino Software is cross-platform (runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux). Shields and accessories add to the versatility of Arduino to fit any application.
Fast prototyping of Atmel 8 and 32-bit MCUs, which includes Xplained Pro (focusing on auto-identification with on-board debugger), Xplained Mini (ultra-low-cost platform with debugger), and Xplained Ultra (high-speed data and external memory interface).
The Pioneer kits are based off of Cypress' PSoC 4 (Programmable System on Chip). They combine an ARM® Cortex®-M0/M0+ with programmable mixed signal hardware IP and CapSense for a malleable and expandable design experience.
Taking advantage of the Kinetis low-power, high-performance MCUs, the Freedom development boards provide a cost-effective way to actively prototype an application. Additionally, Freedom boards are form factor compatible with the Arduino R3 pin layout for additional performance.
NXP Tower System
The Tower System allows for accelerated prototyping and design with NXP silicon. To get started, select the MCU or Processor platform board, decide what peripheral boards you want to design with, and pick up the Elevator Module to link everything together.
ARM's answer to the Internet of Things is mbed. The mbed boards run on mbed OS, a simple, consistent way of controlling hardware and integrating with the Cloud. Furthermore, mbed is supported by a community of 130k+ software developers targeting the IoT.
Students, educators and makers (hobbyists) with limited backgrounds in MCU development should explore the chipKIT platform. chipKIT designers can utilize actual Arduino code within a customized version of the Arduino IDE.
The LPCXpresso allows for fast prototyping and development by getting you up and running quickly. Users can easily upgrade and expand with baseboards, Arduino shields, and Pmod boards. Specifically, the MAX and V2 boards offer mbed support.
Parallax offers evaluation platforms intended for engineers, students and makers (hobbyists).
Nucleo boards are an inexpensive way for designers to design quickly with any STM32 MCU. These boards share the same connector layouts as Arduino boards allowing for expansion with hardware add-ons.
Texas Instruments' LaunchPad
The LaunchPad development kits are available for each family of MCU: MSP, C2000, Tiva C and Hercules. To explore different applications, BoosterPack modules are designed by TI and third parties to plug directly into the LaunchPad. LaunchPads utilize the Energia prototyping platform.