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Description: The Teensy is a breadboard-friendly development board with loads of features in a, well, teensy package. The Teensy 3.1 brings a 32 bit ARM Cortex microprocessor into the mix so you can do some serious number crunching.
The Teensy 3.1 comes pre-flashed with a bootloader so you can program it using the on-board USB connection: No external programmer needed! You can program for the Teensy in your favorite program editor using C or you can install the Teensyduino add-on for the Arduino IDE and write Arduino sketches for Teensy!
The processor on the Teensy also has access to the USB and can emulate any kind of USB device you need it to be, making it great for USB-MIDI and other HID projects. The 32 bit processor brings a few other features to the table as well, such as multiple channels of Direct Memory Access, several high-resolution ADCs and even an I2S digital audio interface! There are also 4 separate interval timers plus a delay timer! Oh yeah, and all pins have interrupt capability. Also, it can provide system voltage of 3.3V to other devices at up to 100mA.
All of this functionality is jammed into a 1.4 x 0.7 inch board with all headers on a 0.1" grid so you can slap in on a breadboard and get to work! On top of everything else the Teensy has been gifted with more RAM (64K, thats 4x more than the Teensy 3.0) and 256kb of flash memory! The Teensy 3.1 now has 5V tolerance on its digital inputs however all analog-only pins are still 3.3V only.
Note: This does not come with a USB cable, please check below for an appropriate one.
Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.7" (~35 x 18 mm)
Based on 24 ratings:
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it can do floating point DSP calculations and has a DAC. That means basic audio processing! Also, USB hosting. So many features! so good!
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This board is straightfoward to use, the microprocessor is very capable, and the PJRC website has made the learning curve as short as I could realisitically ask for. The primary sacrifice with the tiny size is the difficulty of connecting to surface mount pads on the bottom of the board. This is necessary only if you are pushing the limits of pin availability (i.e., running out of through-hole pins), however.
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have been able to use in LED matrix and audio applications already. support added for the Arduino 1.6 IDE was quick after its release. Haven’t found anything yet that I’ve tried that it won’t do…
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I am using teensy to provide telemetry to my Taranis radio. I love the multi-functionality of this little board.Now I can monitor my Quadrocopters in flight systems without worrying.I highly recommend. Teensy 3.1 for this type of project. Thanks Sparkfun!
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This board occupies some important middle ground between Arduinos and things like a Raspberry Pi. A very good value for the price. If you find yourself bumping up against the RAM limits of an Arduino, try this.
The multitude of Arduino’s I have are simply not fast enough to drive a large RGB matrix display. Surprisingly this device not only worked like a champ using the Teensy Arduino IDE (and libraries), but it also has plenty of horsepower to drive the matrix display. I used both the smartmatrix library and the ENC28J60 library with no changes necessary. For the money its the fastest and easiest to use 32-bit arm board out there (given the vast Arduino lib’s available).
Don’t buy anything else, this is the only choice!
It is like an Arduino, but just better. So you have all the good online examples of Arduino, plus other good examples for the Teensy. Serial communication seams more stable than Arduino, and midi support makes it WOW.
I saw the 32x32 panel and the teency and had to get them! I had to upgrade to Teensy 3.1 for the Arduino,(No problem with the (i think it was PJRC fourums)). I was looking do do a FIRDSP filter and PJRC helped me with setting up the Teensy and I have the ADC Library working (thanks MXXX). I am happy with the ADC and DIO. Now to the 32x32 LED panel. I saw the SmartMatrix shield from Adafruit and installed it per:http://dangerousprototypes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=6125&p=56311. after over a week of struggles, I just got it to work special thanks to the forum guys of PJRC: MXXX, sevech, embedded-creation and Nantonos! getting the correct lib files from the correct people a real pain.
Lots of RAM. Fast Cortex MCU. 5 Volt Tolerant digital inputs. Great price. Avoids arduino politics.
Could use more shield-like ecosystem, this will certainly come.
Where do I begin? Easy setup (the fantastic Teensyduino package), 5V tolerance (I’m looking at you, Arduino Due/Zero), loads of power, basically unbrickable. DSP instructions means it can do FFT’s (audio analysis!) without breaking a sweat. And if you want an interface, it probably has it. I2C, SPI, 3xUART, I2S, native USB, DAC, CAN, touch…
First, its small size and faster RAM make this a must for the hobbyist looking to shrink his/her projects down to a few sizes. Much easier to use than some of the other pint-sized alternatives on the market.
Sparkfun. Good all service….
I use this board to run a complicated program for a maze solving robot. It runs the algorithm perfectly, and there are plenty of pins for sensors. The interrupts are also very useful for motor encoders. This is all around a great board. I would recommend it 10/10.
Its fast, its arduino like, its small, its cheap, there is good support, there are lots of libraries, some compatible hardware, 3.3v what’s not to like.
I have used about 10 of them in projects ranging from motor controllers, IMU’s, led controllers, user interface controllers, audio controllers, etc. All are radio linked through XBee.
very impressive. difficult to find a project that this wouldn’t be your best option unless it proved to be an overkill. i was looking for this for quite a while.
I quickly built a “Teensy” data acquisition system that communicated with three serial pressure sensors, five analog vacuum gages and one analog temperature sensor. I had never used the teensy before, but using the Arduino IDE (1.05) with the teensyduino software from pjrc made it as simple as using an Uno while giving me more capability. Three hardware serial ports, tons of memory and high processing speed (96 MHz!) makes this tiny little board rock!
I really have liked this board so far! The higher res ADC is great, the ad-ins to the Arduino IDE are very intuitive. The only con is there is not a great list of functions that work on it for example “analogReadResolution()” works on this board, but you have to dig in forums to find that out. I would recommend this to someone that is already proficient with Arduino.
I have used the Teensy 3.0 and 3.1 on a couple of projects. A temperature controller and a SI4735 radio chip controller. It is easy to use for the following reasons: 1. Uses a more powerful processor with more I/O, both digital and analog. It also has more memory for larger programs. 2. The Teensyduino software is well thought out and is constantly being improved. This is especially true for software routines from other vendors. 3. Also I like the smaller size compared to the original Arduino Uno.
As an owner of several Teensy 2.0 plus a few 3.0’s and 3.1’s (and a multitude of other AVR-based boards), I can safely say that this is the most capable board in its price range that I’ve come across. The sheer volume of features available, the number of I/O, miniscule size, and the raw processing power of the microcontroller all come together to make this an incredible value while still somehow managing to be easy to use. The Teensy series have become my go-to boards for small-to-medium projects, especially since 3.1 was released with 5v tolerant I/O. I can’t speak for the Arduino IDE integration as I use WinAVR, but I’ve heard it’s quite seamless.
It has stopped working for me, but I think this is more do to my own error rather than the teensy.
I am using the Teensy 3.1 in three new modules for my Moog format music synthesizer. One module allows hosting USB devices such as keyboard controllers and MIDI controllers without a computer. The second uses a Teensy 3.1 and a Teensy audio adapter board to provide high quality audio I/O from the synth to a digital audio workstation. The third module combines a Teensy 3.1 with a WAV Trigger board to provide a standalone sample player triggered by sequencers or MIDI sources.