UNO R3 board is 100% compatible with original Arduino, now it has perfect quality and performance . Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board and a development environment that implements theProcessing/Wiring language. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP). The open-source IDE can be downloaded for free (currently for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux). This is the new Tosduino Uno R3. In addition to all the features of the previous board, the Uno R3 now uses an ATmega16U2 instead of the ATmega8U2 chip. This allows for faster transfer rates, no drivers needed for Linux or Mac (inf file for Windows is needed), and the ability to have the Uno show up as a keyboard, mouse, joystick, etc.
The TOSduino Uno R3 requires the Arduino 1.0 drivers folder in order to install properly on some computers. We have tested and confirmed that the R3 can be programmed in older versions of the IDE. However, the first time using the R3 on a new computer, you will need to have Arduino 1.0 installed on that machine. The small chip is ATmega16U2, the 28 pin DIP socket chip is ATmega328-pu.
Note: This version does not includes USB cable
2013-08-08 Cathal Keady's question: Can item SKU066313 be powered directly from using the USB port or do I need to purchase a power supply for it. my answer: This item has not built-in battery, so it can not be charged. With that USB cable connect to computer, you can use it. There is no need of power supply.