Arduino Nano

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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. john says:

    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. Collin Cunningham says:

    yups – via the arduino blog:

    $44.95 USD from gravitech

  3. BigD145 says:

    It’s a BASIC Stamp. Well, it’s certainly the same price as one.

  4. Jack says:

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

  5. says:

    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.

  6. engunneer says:

    @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.

  7. Matt says:

    Anyone know if there is work being done to port the Arduino software to the AtTiny?

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