Posted by John Boxall on April 14, 2015
Over the last month or so Arduino enthusiasts were made aware of a fracture in the original Arduino team, as detailed by Massimo Banzi via his column in the Make: website, Hackaday and so on. Since then, we have received a few enquiries with regards to where our "Arduino"-branded boards come from.
We've always bought our Arduino boards directly from the arduino.cc distribution point as directed by the original Arduino team. These are the boards manufactured in Italy and have the "ARDUINO.CC" URL on the back, as shown below:
However since the blow-up in the Arduino team became public, one of the issues was that the distributor hadn't paid revenue back to the full Arduino team for several months. At this point we contacted the "Official Arduino store" asking for direction in the future - and have not received a reply at this point.
Thus we will continue to offer the "ARDUINO.CC"-marked boards, along with our range of excellent value and unique Arduino compatible boards from Adafruit, DFRobot, Freetronics, Funduino, Seeedstudio, TinySine and more. You can check out our entire range from the Arduino category.
Eagle-eyed readers may have noted that we have listed the "Arduino Pro Zero" from Arduino SRL - however this isn't currently available. Over time if this becomes available to us and there is demand, we will offer this to you.
This whole "Arduino vs. Arduino" mess is also a great lesson for new players and groups of people with a great idea that could be lucrative - spend a day or two nutting out the structure of ownership for your IP, trademarks etc - this will save a lot of problems later on if things get messy.
In the meanwhile if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us, or discuss this topic in the Tronixlabs support forum. Finally, to keep up with news, specials and more from Tronixlabs, please follow us on facebook, Google+ or twitter.