Esduino and EsduinoXtreme are Arduino-style boards based on NXP S12 microcontrollers. What this means is that you can utilize the power of these 16-bit microcontrollers in your products, curriculum, or projects by using any of a great number of Arduino shields already available from various sites worldwide. If you can't find one that exactly matches your needs, you canreadily design your own, using the open-source hardware design files you'll find on the Internet.
Since Esduino and EsduinoXtreme are based on S12 MCUs, your code can be developed using any of the available S12 tools (e.g. CodeWarrior, AsmIDE, GCC, ICC12, Cosmic, MiniIDE, etc.).
Not familiar with Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on an Atmel 8-bit microcontroller. Originating in Italy, it has become very popular worldwide over the past few years. The creators of Arduino refer to any application board designed to plug onto it as a "shield". Many shield designs were created using the free version of CadSoft's Eagle schematic capture and circuit board layout program. There are probably more than a hundred shields aready designed and offered for sale on the Internet, and more are being created all the time. If you want to customize any of them or design your own, you can download Eagle and any of the open-source design files you'll find on the Internet. Then you can modify them to suit your needs, and use a PCB prototyping service to have the boards fabricated for you.
If you don't want to layout a PCB, you have the option of building your application by hand using point-to-point wiring with one of our many Prototyping Shield designs.