Digi-Key, Make: Announce New Boards Guide & AR App


Digi-Key Electronics and Make: announced to release of the updated Boards Guide and companion Digi-Key augmented reality app. The app is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for mobile devices.

The board is divided into sections for the microcontroller (MCU), single-board controller (SBC) and field programmable gate array (FPGA). Further, the guide helps students, makers and professional engineers identify the latest technology available to help bring innovation to life.

As a companion to this year’s boards guide, Digi-Key has included an augmented reality app. It leverages cameras, displays and sensors in today’s mobile devices. With over 50 boards available in AR, the app is the best way to virtually interact with these leading platforms. The Digi-Key AR app is designed to work in conjunction with the guide or as a standalone experience.

It has detailed comparisons of over 150 boards. Moreover, this year’s boards guide is an article discussing the rise of the Raspberry Pi RP2040 and Espressif ESP32 during chip shortages. RP2040 is currently shipping about 500,000 units monthly at present.

Another exclusive available only from within the app includes a video discussing in-depth details of the boards and the selection process by David Groom from Make:.

“We are excited to launch the new Boards Guide inside the Digi-Key AR app,” said Kevin Walseth, manager of technical marketing at Digi-Key. “The ability to rotate, zoom and see all angles is a great visualization tool for students, makers and engineers.”

“The Make: Guide to Boards has been updated with detailed specs of the 79 hottest microcontrollers, single-board computers, and FPGAs. Whatever your project, if it needs an MCU or SBC, check our guide first for the most ideal, most available board,” said Groom, Make: community editor. “We also cover top trends, and go hands-on with a dozen of our favorite new and notable boards.”

Meanwhile, the PDF versions of the guide and links to download the Digi-Key AR app are available at http://www.digikey.com/boardsguide.