T-Board: AVR Microcontroller Prototyping Breakout
The T-Board: Kick-start your AVR Projects
The T-Board is designed to take you beyond the comfort of the Arduino platform, and get you up and running with your AVR projects. These breakout boards are breadboard-friendly and contain all you need to get prototyping quickly and easily.
As you progress with your Arduino projects, at some stage you’ll face limitations. The Arduino platform is a superb way to get started with microcontrollers and embedded systems, and even to roll production versions of projects. But it has constraints. You might want to start placing your projects onto simgle PCBs; you might want to start developing low-power projects; you may need to fit your project into custom-sized containers.
Whatever the reasons, at some stage you need to make the leap to working with “raw” microcontrollers. The simplest way to achieve this is using a familiar breadboard to prototype this (learn how to build your own Arduino on a breadboard). Once you start growing your project, and interfacing with other components, you’ll easily end up in a ratsnest of jumper wires.
The T-Board is a set of breakout boards to take away the clutter, while retaining the flexibility. Initially we’re working on the 28-pin ATmega328, and ATtiny 8-pin and 14-pin controllers, but look to expand this in the future.
Learn more about how the T-Board can make your prototyping faster and easier. Join the free webinar on 23 October, in conjunction with Elektor and Element14. Register here!
Key Features of the T-Board
The T-Board was designed with the following in mind:
- Speed: Allow microcontroller prototyping on a breadboard, simply and quickly
- Ratsnest: Reduce the number of wires needed to prototype with microcontrollers
- Fewer Components: All the necessary resistors and capacitors are on-board
- Power: Allow the project to be easily self-powered
- Programmable: Easily program using FTDI modules (for the ATmega328), or ISP programmers
- Flexibility: Allow flexibility to experiment with lower power modes: 3.3V or 5V selectable. Choose your own Crystal to work at lower-power speeds
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Project Progress: watch a prototype in the making
Learn more about the history and progress of the T-Board project in this series of posts:
The Birth: version 0.1, a single-sided self-etched board
Two-Layer: version 0.2, prototype sent to the fab.
The value of Prototyping: version 0.2 is back from the fab.
Ready to Launch: the final version of the boards are completed.
In Production: the boards are now in production and available through Elektor