This page will go over the differences and similarities of the idea shops main micro controllers. The idea shops main controllers are the Esp 8266, Arduino Uno, and Raspberry Pi 4. The page will first explain each board separately; then, compare each board. By the end of this page, the reader will be able to successfully choose a micro controller for there project.
Esp 8266 The ESP 8266 has a L106 32-bit processor running at 80MHz. This board contains a PCB traced antenna that can connect to wifi or other radio controlled modules. This board makes a great IOT device for that reason. There are many IDEs out there for this board; however, the most popular IDE is the Arduino IDE. There is less support and examples on this board compared to the Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
The Arduino uno uses the ATmega328P 8 bit processor at 32MHz. This micro controller is good for simple tasks, generally speaking. The main coding language on this controller is an augmented version of C++. The augmented version of this language can be found on the Arduino website and has a very easy to use IDE(Integrated development environment). This allows the users to rapidly generate and test code on the Arduino board, perfect for development. The Arduino website also has countless examples and documentation on how to use the board.
The Raspberry Pi 4 uses a Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz. The Raspberry Pi is a full computer in one package where the main coding language is python. The Raspberry Pi 4 also has Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, making it a great choice when creating an IOT (internet of things) project. The Raspberry Pi can preform complex calculations and tasks with easy to use tools and packages. The Raspberry Pi has a large community page that hosts projects, troubleshooting, etc.