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Which Circuit Board Was Named After a King?

Answer: The Arduino Microcontroller

The Arduino board, a wildly popular open-source hardware module, is indirectly named after King Arduin of Italy–who ruled Italy briefly between 1002-1004 CE. How did his name become attached to a circuit board a millennium after he was deposed? The founders of the Arduino project live in the small Italian town of Ivrea which is King Arduin’s home town and the location of the Bar Di Re Arduino, a pub named in his honor. By way of the drinking habits of a 21st century man the name of an 11th century king was attached to the world’s most popular prototyping board.

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