He adds that engineers would also always want to figure out a way to get things done as quickly as possible. Additionally, even with the help of a board, there is still plenty of hard work left in the form of integration.
If you look at the market, there are very few products that come out in the form of just a Raspberry Pi and a box – they are always integrated to something else like FPGAs or other systems. “Even for me, it is kind of difficult to put down an Atmel chip on to a new board while designing a new project,” he adds.
“Using such platforms is advantageous for product developers as the complete hardware design, firmware, open source OS and reference projects are already available and give them a head start in their product development. The developer will have to only focus on developing the application and ID design (look and feel) to take the product to market,” suggests Selvaraj Kaliyappan , vice president – PES Engineering, Mistral Solutions.
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An online survey that we had conducted at EFY’s Electronics Design Community (faceboook.com/designelectronics) showed that most of the respondents select a developer platform based on how easy it is to use.
This is followed by how much the board costs, and whether it is available locally. More than 40 per cent of the respondents also feel that availability of support for the platform is very important