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Arduino Nano


Just when you thought you had them all, the Arduino mutates yet again –

The new Arduino Nano is the smallest and most versatile Arduino board yet. Designed and manufactured by US-based Gravitech, it has all the functionality of an Arduino Diecimila in a compact, breadboard-ready design. The Nano includes an ATmega168 microcontroller (w/ bootloader), integrated USB (FTDI chip) w/ Mini-B jack, a full complement of i/o pins (including two more analog inputs than the Diecimila), an ICSP programming header, and on-board regulator.

Like the Arduino Mini, there’s no room for a DC jack, but those extra analog pins are a nice touch. Other highlights include – auto power source selection (no need for an “EXT/USB” jumper), color-differentiated LEDs (green TX, red RX, orange pin13, blue PWR). And notice, in the upper-left, the long-awaited ‘DORX’ pin! (kidding, kidding) – Arduino Nano

Update: The Nanos ship from Gravitech in June – Arduino:Blog

In the Maker Shed:
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14 thoughts on “Arduino Nano

  1. That looks cool! It’s a more professional design (4 layer PCB with power and ground planes), with the side-effect that an amateur won’t have the tools to tinker with it. Pray that you don’t fry your Atmega, surface-mounted components are more difficult to change!
    However, there is no link on availability and price of this board. Any extra info?

  2. IMO, this takes away from the whole arduino experience. No more tinkering and playing around with the board itself :(

  3. We don’t want to stop you from tinkering: that’s a major part of the Arduino philosophy (see, for example, the booklet: Massimo likes tinkering so much, he named his company after it. We’ve got a board designed for etching by hand, so you can do everything yourself:

    Sometimes, though, you want a compact, ready-to-go package, and the Nano is for those cases. We think there’s a value in offering both kinds of designs.

    And yes, this is the same price as a Basic Stamp, but it’s far more powerful: there’s integrated USB communication, a faster CPU, etc.

  4. @BigD145: It’s not only the same price range as a Basic Stamp, but the upper 24 pins appear to be pin compatible. Stamp pins 1-4 are S_out (TX), S_in (RX), Atn (reset), Gnd, while 21-24 also match here. The extra 6 pins on this board won’t fit in the socket of a normal Stamp-based board, but this would fit nicely in any socket that supports the BS2p40 (Stamp with 32 I/O).

    The ATMega168 is certainly more powerful. The bootloader makes this almost as easy to program as the stamp, just not in Basic.

    This would be a good step up for someone already invested in Parallax hardware. Parallax makes nice boards, and great beginner/intermediate chips. This may be an alternate upgrade path instead of one of the Basic Stamp clones.

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