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Does anyone know if there is going to be a new revision of Arduino anytime soon? Because I was thinking of buying an Arduino Diecimila but if a new revision is coming out then I can wait for it.
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Ever heard of "The Osbourne Effect" ?

There aren't a LOT of features you can add to an Arduino and have it still be an Arduino.   One possible new feature is support for the "Real Soon Now" ATmega328 (twice the RAM, twice the flash, of the mega158), but that SHOULD just drop into the existing boards' socket (diecimila, NG, original, or even serial.)  Were you looking for anything in particular?
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Ever heard of "The Osbourne Effect" ?

There aren't a LOT of features you can add to an Arduino and have it still be an Arduino.   One possible new feature is support for the "Real Soon Now" ATmega328 (twice the RAM, twice the flash, of the mega158), but that SHOULD just drop into the existing boards' socket (diecimila, NG, original, or even serial.)  Were you looking for anything in particular?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect smiley-wink

I think we can be fairly sure there will be a new Arduino at some point in the future.  But that's no reason to hold of purchasing now.  You just don't know when the new board will be released, and if you live your life waiting for the next great thing, you miss out on too many current great things.  The time to buy is when you want it, not when the new version comes out.

As for speculation of what they could add.  Base an Arduino on a mega128 chip to have a lot more IO is my favourite idea, but there's others too.

Still, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it and delay buying.  It's only a $35 board.  If you buy today and a new one 100 times better comes out tomorrow, it's not that major a loss and you can still find plenty of uses for the old one.
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Thank you for the responses guys! I'll probably be getting me an Arduino within the next week here!
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