Pinguino is an Arduino like based on a PIC Microcontroller. The goal of this project is to build an integrated IDE easy to use on LINUX, WINDOWS and MAC OS X. Arduino is a powerful tool with some defaults. Some of this defaults are no native USB interface on the chip and the code length.
The IDE of Pinguino is built with Python. An integrated preprocessor translates specific Arduino instructions directly in C. This preprocessor reduces the code length and the execution speed. Pinguino hardware is based on a 18F2550. This chip has and integrated native USB module and an UART for serial link.
Finally the Pinguino IDE is a stand alone application with a C compiler (SDCC), assembler and linker (GPUTILS) and a bootloader based on the PUF VASCO project.
Pinguino is Open hardware and Open software. The IDE ( integrated development environment ) will be avalaible the 1st of september on www.hackinglab.org for windows and linux. Mac os x port will be avalaible in the next days.