Based on 8-bit AVR technology the computational power of Arduino boards is modest, this is why team from MIT developed MAPLE project which is based on CORTEX-M3 STM32F103RBT6 microcontroller, the board have same friendly IDE as Arduino and offers the same capabilities as hardware and software but runs the Arduino code much faster.
Pinguino is an Arduino-compatible electronics prototyping platform. It supports different 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers, all with built-in USB module (no FTDI chip !).
- PIC18F2550, PIC18F4550 and PIC18F26J50 (coming soon) from ©Microchip.
- PIC32MX Mips familly from ©Microchip.
- STM32 Cortex M3 familly (coming soon) from ©STMicroelectronics.