If you do much “maker” stuff, you’re probably aware of the Netduino, an Arduino-compatible board that runs the .NET Micro Framework. Cool stuff and it allows you to run C# code on a low-cost device that could replace a lot of microcontroller solutions out there.
It just came to my attention today that there’s a new game in town – 86duino, an Arduino-compatible x86 board. Say what?! Basically we have an Arduino-size, and Arduino-cost ($39 quantity-1 retail price, hell0!) device that can run any OS that runs on x86. Let’s see, an OS that runs on x86, does well in a headless environment, runs managed code, can be real-time, has a small footprint and low resource utilization? How about Windows CE? There’s no BSP for it yet that I see, but it’s x86, so the CEPC BSP is probably most of what you need for bring-up.
I’ll be looking to build up a managed code library to access all of the I/O on this and some popular shields. Any requests/thoughts on “must-have” shield support?