Major Update Released for Windows 10 IoT
Microsoft continue their focus on the Internet of Things with the latest update.
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A new update to Windows 10 IoT Core is now available. With this update, Microsoft 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 were waiting for support for serial/UART on the popular low-cost Raspberry Pi development board, and now we have full support for the TX/RX pins on the Raspberry Pi2. Microsoft 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 was to support additional Wi-Fi dongles. In this release there is support for the official Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi dongle, but also two Realtek Wi-Fi chipsets (RTL8188EU & RTL8192EU).
Now it is 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.
Get the updated Windows 10 IoT core image from here.
Note: The November update of Windows 10 IoT Core requires Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 for development purposes such as debugging and deploying images.
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