Overview

Author Gravatar Image LADY ADA
If you've ever struggled to use a solderless breadboard with an Arduino, you understand how frustrating it can be! I designed this Arduino clone to solve this problem in an inexpensive DIY fashion. Kits with all parts are available in the Adafruit webshop.

The Boarduino is an Arduino clone: when programmed with the Arduino bootloader, it can talk to the Arduino software and run sketches just like the original.

There are noticable differences between the Boarduino and the Arduino.

  • Shields cannot be used as the form factor is so different
  • There are two versions, a DC version and a USB version
    For the DC version there isn't an on-board USB chip. This means you need to use a USB-TTL cable or a MiniUSB (or any other FTDI breakout board) which is not included. There are also no rx/tx LEDs and no rx/tx 1K series resistors.
    For the USB version, there is an on-board USB chip but there isn't a DC jack or 5V regulator, you can power it through the USB jack. There is a rx 1K resistor so you can use this to talk to serial accessories.
  • 16.00 MHz ceramic resonator is used instead of crystal, so cycle speed may be off by +- 0.3nS (0.5%). This isn't relevant for UART timing, servo drivers, PWM, etc. but could be an issue if you need nanosecond-precision timing. Note that the Arduino software only provides millisecond-precision timing for general sketches (1 second = 1000ms. 1ms = 1,000,000 ns)

The specifications for the DC boarduino include:

  • Designed to plug into a breadboard for easy prototyping
  • Petite size, only 3" x 0.8" (75mm x 20mm)
  • All 'standard' pins are brought out - Digital 0 thru 13, Analog 0 thru 5, ARef, 5V, Ground, Vin and Reset
  • 2 LEDs, green power and red "pin 13" LED just like the Arduino Diecimila
  • Standard Reset button
  • ATmega328P, running at 16.00 MHz, just like the latest Arduino, the Duemilanove (note that the product photo above hasn't been updated)
  • 6-pin standard ICSP header
  • Standard 2.1mm DC jack (just like the original Arduino) with 5V regulator to run on 7V-17V power (DC)
  • USB or External power, selectable with a jumper (just like original Arduino)
  • 1N4001 diode protects against using incorrect wall adapter
  • 6-pin header at the end for a USB-TTL cable
  • Auto-reset capability when used with a USB-TTL cable
  • Available as a low cost kit with standard parts, so its never out of stock
  • All through-hole parts are easy to solder

The specifications for the USB boarduino include:

  • Designed to plug into a breadboard for easy prototyping
  • Petite size, only 2.75 " x 0.8" (75mm x 20mm)
  • All 'standard' pins are brought out - Digital 0 thru 13, Analog 0 thru 5, ARef, 5V, Ground, 3.3V and Reset
  • 2 LEDs, green power and red "pin 13" LED just like the Arduino Diecimila
  • Standard Reset button
  • ATmega168, running at 16.00 MHz, just like the NG and Diecimila
  • 6-pin standard ICSP header
  • Standard mini-USB jack
  • USB or external power, selectable with a jumper
  • 500mA fuse protects your computer from current overdraw
  • Auto-reset capability
  • Available as a low cost kit with standard parts, so its never out of stock
  • All through-hole parts are easy to solder - SMT chip is presoldered & tested when purchased as a kit

If you have a USB boarduino check this page for instructions!

Last updated on 2014-04-22 at 06.33.54 PM Published on 2013-07-16 at 02.49.11 PM