Prototyping board with an ATmega328P microcontroller
What the Heck is a Toadstool?
The Toadstool Mega328 is a quick and simple way to get going with prototyping your next Atmel ATmega328P project. Simply plug this self-sufficient, standalone microcontroller board directly onto your breadboard and start building. The Toadstool contains Atmel’s ATmega328P microcontroller, breaking the pins out so that they are easily accessible right from your breadboard. It can be powered from a 6-9V power source, so you aren’t tied to your computer, and contains an ICSP header for programming.
Summary of Features
The Toadstool was not designed to look sexy on your fingertip – it was designed to be a fully featured and flexible platform:
- Choose your IDE: Compatible with the Arduino IDE, but perfect for more serious coding in Atmel Studio or using the GCC Toolchain
- Quick & Clean: Plugs directly onto your breadboard (no more nasty rats-nests of wires)
- Program & Debug: Includes an ICSP header for programming/debugging
- Access all Pins: All I/O pins, VCC and GND broken out and labelled
- Choose your power source: Can be powered by external source (take it on the road!) or your programmer
- Choose your voltage: select 5V or 3.3V regulated supply for the MCU (get that power down)
- Choose your microcontroller: Has a PDIP socket so the ATmega328P can be switched out for the pin-compatible ATmega8/48/88/168
- Choose your Crystal: An external crystal can be connected as needed (speed-it-up or s l o w d o w n)
- Expand it: A standard header allows for connection of SPI/I2C/TWI/UART *Caps*
- Light & Switch: Reset switch and power LED
- Protect your MCU: Reverse polarity and over-current protection
All Toadstool boards share a standard header to allow you to attach breakout modules called Caps. This header contains SPI, I2C and UART signals, so you can easily add SPI, I2C/TWI or UART modules to your project without having to wire them up on the breadboard (you’ll never forget a pullup resistor on your I2C module again!). We’ve already designed a number, but the list is almost endless.
We’re big believers in open source hardware, and so have released the Toadstool ecosystem as an open source one. Hopefully you will support that, and send us feedback to improve the product for everyone.