Better Prototyping with your Atmel AVR

Better Prototyping with your Atmel AVR
A Trio of T-Boards (image courtesy of Elektor Magazine)

Get your AVR Project Going Faster

I’ve been working with AVR microcontrollers for years, and was lucky enough to be a bit lazy – laziness surely is the mother of invention! After a few iterations, I came up with the T-Board – a prototyping platform for the more popular Atmel AVR microcontrollers. These boards got my Atmel-based embedded projects going in no time, and gave me the flexibility that platforms such as the Arduino didn’t offer the more serious hobbyists.

After the T-Board was born, I decided to share my learnings with others, and was really excited to have the opportunity to work with Elektor magazine, a respected international electronics publication. By working together, we’ve made the lives of hundreds of hobbyists and enthusiasts that little bit easier.

T-Board Design and AVR How-To

The Sept-2014 edition of Elektor introduced the T-Board to its readers. In the accompanying article, I walked through the key features of the board and showed how to get an Atmel ATmega328 blinking an LED. The article was well received, and the board sold like hot-cakes from the Elektor store. It seemed that many hobbyists were in the same boat as me, and wanted to get their hands dirty working with bare-metal microcontrollers. There was certainly more information that could be shared, so we worked on a webinar with Element 14. The webinar was recorded, so you can see how the T-Boards are leaner and meaner than Arduino.

Reducing your AVR Power Consumption

It was great to work with Elektor again, and take the reader through a series of experiments to reduce the power consumption of an AVR project. Compared to a standard Arduino UNO, we reduced the power consumption for a temperature logger by over 98%. This project uses the T-Board 28 with an ATmega328, along with Atmel Studio. Check out the Dec 2014 edition of Elektor magazine to see how we did it.

Your AVR Embedded Project?

Please get in touch with me to share your embedded projects, and what you might want to see next.


A few years ago I discovered that my programming skills could be used to make real-world things move and flash and beep - I haven't looked back since! I love sharing what I've learned along this pretty bumpy (but very exciting) journey into the world of embedded systems - and that's why this website exists. In addition to the website, I write a series for Nuts & Volts magazine that helps readers to move beyond the Arduino and into the world of AVR. I'm a dad with a couple of energetic youngsters and a really cool wife!

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