The new Arduino WiFi shield looks interesting! But it begs the question... If it is using a AVR32 UC3 chip, which model is it?
Also it seems that having a ordinary 8bit AVR boss around a AVR32 chip seems a bit like the tail wagging the dog.
Given all the work that has already gone into developing this board, would it not be a small step to go all the way and turn it into another board by designing one that makes this a total replacement for an UNO or Leonardo (sans the WiFi chip) and turn it into a much more powerful AVR based microcontroller? It would leave the 8 bit boards well behind and would go a long way towards releiving the long wait for the Due that has not arrived (yet). Since the chip on the WiFi board can have it's flash memory reprogrammed, It would seem the even the IDE is already mostly developed making the possibility of developing the board I describe a much more likely possibility. It would just be loading compile sketches that are not inteded to make the chip process the logic of a WiFi stack. I wonder if the Arduino team has any such unannounced plans to bolster the AVR (vs SAM) line of boards. Just wondering what others have thought? I'm curious. Norm