I remember when the Arduino Uno first came out circa 2005. Even though this 8-bit processor employs only a 16-MHz clock and offers only 32KB of Flash memory and 2KB of RAM, I still use these little rascals in a lot of my hobby projects to this day.
Of course, things have moved on since those days of yore. For example, one of the latest and greatest offerings from the folks at Arduino Pro is the Portenta X8.
Oh, my goodness gracious me! Have you seen this little beauty, which is described as being an “Industrial-grade, secure system-on-module (SOM) with outstanding computational density”?
What we are talking about here is something that’s only around the size of a stick of chewing gum (66.04 x 25.40 mm) while boasting nine processor cores and coming pre-loaded with the Linux operating system (OS).
According to the web, it has a Cortex-A53 quad-core up to 1.8GHz per core + a Cortex-M4 up to 400MHz, along with a dual-core Cortex-M7 up to 480Mhz + another Cortex-M4 up to 240MHz.
Either I’m losing the ability to count, or the above adds up to only eight cores. Where’s the missing core?
Well, I am in a great position to learn the answer to this conundrum, because I’m going to be hosting a webinar on this little scamp — Arduino Portenta X8: Superpower Your Linux Applications with Real-Time Execution — tomorrow as I pen these words.
During this webinar, which will be presented by IoT Central, I will be chatting with Andrea Richetta, who is the Head of Customer Success at Arduino Pro, and who will be introducing the Portenta X8 and answering all of our questions.
This 1-hour webinar will commence at 10:00am USA Central Time (so that’s 8:00am Pacific Time and 11:00am Eastern Time). And, speaking of time, now would be a great time to register before all of the good seats are taken.
I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. Dare I hope to see you there? Register here.