Windows 10 IoT new release, GPIO 100x faster

By on December 9, 2015
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New update for Windows 10 IoT promising incredible performance improvements and additional features and devices support:

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 this summer, we created a converged platform that powers a range of devices from PCs and laptops to Internet of Things devices. Windows 10 IoT delivers a modern platform for IoT devices with enterprise-grade security from the device to the cloud, and native connectivity for machine-to-machine and machine-to-cloud scenarios with Azure IoT technology.

We’re excited to announce that a new update to Windows 10 IoT Core is now available. With this update, we’ve improved performance and expanded the ecosystem of supported peripherals. This release supports the new direct memory access bus driver that gives you high performance access for GPIO. Once running, you can expect your GPIO operations to become over 100 times faster than on the default driver. Additionally, this driver gives you the ability to use “Pin Muxing” rather than the default configuration.

Many of you asked us about support for serial/UART on the popular low-cost Raspberry Pi development board, and we’re pleased to say that you now have full support for the TX/RX pins on the Raspberry Pi2. We’ve also included an in-box driver for the FTDI USB-to-serial chipset because many devices use that as the interface port for controlling them (for example, Home Automation Systems).

Another common request we’ve seen is to support additional Wi-Fi dongles. In this release we not only support the official Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi dongle, but also two Realtek Wi-Fi chipsets (RTL8188EU & RTL8192EU).

We want to make it easy for you to use existing Arduino Wiring Sketches, libraries, and hardware with Windows 10 IoT Core Universal Windows Apps (UWA). Simply drag-and-drop your Arduino Wiring INO and/or library files into Visual Studio, connect your hardware to a Windows 10 IoT Core device, and run your code. You’ll also be able to mix your Arduino code with other UWA technologies like C# and XAML to get the best of both worlds.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll do next with Windows 10 IoT Core.

Source: Windows IoT Release

Download Windows 10 IoT here.

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