The Arduino Story

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The Arduino Story
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Allen Extension Building: 101X Auditorium
Bob Martin, Wizard of Make / Senior Staff Engineer, Microchip
Abstract / Description: 
  • In the beginning, how the Atmel mega328P won the race
  • Moving to more integrated designs, the Leonardo (32u4)
  • Entering the 32 bit ARM Cortex world with the Arduino Due and its problems
  • Attack of the clones, the Open Hardware issue and creative trademark spoofing
  • 32 bit attempt take 2, the Arduino Zero
  • Dark days – the Arduino divorce
  • A new hope – Reconciliation at Make Faire New York 2016 



An avid Maker before it was a wide spread term, Bob Martin has been tearing apart things to see how they work for his entire life. After obtaining a B.S.E.E. from the University of Saskatchewan, his early career spanned everything from installing specialized instruments into Arctic weather stations, designing industrial control systems and supporting upper atmospheric research campaigns.

He moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago and has continued to concentrate on embedded systems design since. After a decade at National Semiconductor which also exposed the wonderful world of analog he ended up in a few startups before landing at the Arduino prime enabler of Atmel where he managed a microcontroller applications team. It was here that he became firmly involved with the Arduino movement supporting both the 8 and 32 bits based platforms.

With 30 years of embedded system experience he now serves as the “Wizard of Make” for Microchip continuing his role from Atmel in which he keeps the Maker spirit alive within Microchip, educates aspiring Makers and continues to create, experiment and explore as much as he can. He lives in Sunnyvale CA with his wife, twin daughters and a cat with no teeth. Along with a garage full of surplus wire and boxes of “vintage electronics” that really need to be recycled.