Running on ARM, and with 512KB flash and 96KB of RAM, none of it taken up by an interpreter, lots of possibilities open up. OpenSSL, lwIP, Cairo, lots of things are possible when you’re using a plain ol’ C compiler.
I’m not saying it’s better, I’m just saying that the competition is getting better, and one of the big former advantages of NETMF (32-bit vs 8-bit) just got eliminated.
It uses the Arduino GUI (based on Processing), so it’s extremely simple and easy-to-use. It, just like all the other Arduino boards, will be able to be used from Eclipse as well, and it’s only a matter of time before someone works out on-chip debugging, because that’s a feature that’s built into the chip.
It might not steal much NETMF market share (because the NETMF market isn’t even a meaningful rounding error compared to the Arduino market), but as a competitor to NETMF, it’s miles ahead of the previous Arduino boards.
Mines in the mail. Seems the v1.5 IDE and existing library ports for this are all very beta. I’ll (eventually) post some first impressions.
I agree on the commercial use, but not ideal for education? Really? I’ve introduced plenty of folks to microcontroller fun the “Arduino way” and it works very well as a learning tool, IMO. I would go as far as to say it is designed specifically to be an educational tool. The biggest factor in this is the humongous amount of community created content available online.