It makes it far easier to experiment with/work with the extremely powerful (for a uC) Atmel XMega chips. It basically makes the chip usable on protoboards and stuff.
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what can the xmega chip be used for, can it be used for cmos camera sensors, like the one listed here?http://www.robotshop.com/sfe-cmos-camera-module-640x480-pixels.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=jos
If you can program it, and the program runs fast enough FOR YOUR NEEDS, yes.
That might imply the use of machinist code which always can exceed C.
and what might that code be?
Probably the first thing you will want to do is adjust the the pixel intensity by comparing every pixel level on the fly and either adjusting the scan speed or off-setting the the entire frame based on the summation of the previous frame making the best view image for ambient light changes.
Adafruit now carries these breakout boards with ZIF sockets. So you don't have to go through the trouble of trying to solder the chips in place.
Its designed to allow you to get at the other wise extremely fiddly legs of the chip in the middle