Alternative microcontroller platform

Last Updated on March 24, 2024

Here is the list of ready to prototype development boards For electronics engineers, designers, and hobbyist different kind of microcontroller platforms are available in the market. Here the little comparison given for your reference.

Here is the list of microcontroller development boards we taken.

* Discovery
* Arduino
* Rasperry PI
* Teensy
* ti Launchpad
* beaglebone
* Pcduino
* PandaBoard


STM32 Discovery

ST ARM board STM32 ARM cortex – The STM32 family of 32-bit Flash microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M processor is designed to offer new degrees of freedom to MCU users. It offers a 32-bit product range that combines high performance, real-time capabilities, digital signal processing, and low-power, low-voltage operation, while maintaining full integration and ease of development.
The unparalleled and large range of STM32 devices, based on an industry-standard core and accompanied by a vast choice of tools and software, makes this family of products the ideal choice, both for small projects and for entire platform decisions.




Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board and a development environment that implements the Processing/Wiring language. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP). The open-source IDE can be downloaded for free (currently for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux).

Raspberry pi

Raspberry pi

Raspberry pi– Credit card sized computer. It can do many of the things like normal computer. It also plays high definition video. Operates with the help of Linux and being used for prototype projects. It supports HDMI that means you can plug in this board to your TV, you could watch high quality video using H.264 at 40MBits/s. Learn with play using this Raspberry pi.



The mbed Microcontroller is an ARM processor, a comprehensive set of peripherals and a USB programming and communication interface provided in a small and practical DIP package. The mbed is a super-easy-to-use rapid prototyping tool built on industry standard technology.
The mbed Microcontroller is made for prototyping, and comes in a 40-pin 0.1″ pitch DIP form-factor so it’s ideal for experimenting on breadboards, stripboards and PCBs. It supports lots of interfaces including USB, SPI, I2C CAN, ethernet, and serial. And downloading programs is as simple as using a USB Flash Drive. Plug it in, drop on your program binary, and you’re up and running!
The compiler is web-based, so it works on Mac, Windows, and Linux, and it allows you to write programs in C++. You’ll also have access to the mbed libraries, which give you an API-driven approach to using the many functions of the microcontroller.



32 bit ARM Cortex based Teensy is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system, in a very small footprint, capable of implementing many types of projects. All programming is done via the USB port. No special programmer is needed, only a standard “Mini-B” USB cable and a PC or Macintosh with a USB port.

ti Launchpad


Texas Instruments LaunchPad Evaluation Kits are available for a broad range of TI microcontrollers, including MSP430, C2000, and Tiva LM4F120 running on the ARM Cortex-M4. These low-cost kits provide developers with everything they need to start designing new applications. The LaunchPad evaluation kits are a great introduction to TI microcontrollers, providing within minutes options like blinking LEDs, motor spinning, and sensing data. LaunchPads come in different pin outs and are available in a 20-pin or 40-pin form factor. BoosterPacks are modular plug-in boards that fit on top of the LaunchPad baseboards. These modules introduce new functionality to the LaunchPad evaluation kits including wireless, capacitive touch, LED lighting, and more. For more details :



A true open hardware, community-supported embedded computer for developers and hobbyists. credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects to the Internet and runs software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu. With plenty of I/O and processing power for real-time analysis provided by an AM335x 720MHz ARM processor, BeagleBone can be complemented with cape plug-in boards to augment functionality. For more details:



pcDuino is a mini PC platform(ARM Cortex) that runs PC like OS such as Ubuntu and Android ICS. It outputs screen to HDMI. Moreover, it has hardware headers interface compatible with Arduino (TM). pcDuino can be used to teach Python, C and more interesting stuff. For more :



The PandaBoard is a low-power, low-cost single-board computer development platform based on the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 system on a chip (SoC). For more details :

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