Not that I'm saying the Arduinos are crap: far from it.
the ATmega1281 series. For the surface-mount Arduino BT, the difference in prices on Digi-Key between the ATmega168 and the ATmega1281 are basically $0.61. (Granted, it looks like you have to buy quantities in the 100s to order the DIP packaging, but still.)
Can you clarify? The 1280 and 1281 are 64 and 100 pin surface mount chips. Do you mean the ATMega 128?David
or just use one of those smd2dip adapters...
sanguino does look pretty nice, I've been keeping it in mind. The part that impressed me is that it seems fully compatible with the Arduino software, just with the IO lines going higher. A 1280 based board could easily have 60 IO lines and will have much more memory than the sanguino.
We're working on a board based on the ATmega1280. It should be ready in the next couple of months.