New EMS Labs card/target board

New EMS Labs card/target board

I was thrilled to get handed a new EMS Labs’ business card/target board by Windell at Maker Faire. I have their original ATmegaXX8 card displayed on my desk and it gets comments from nearly everyone who sees it. I haven’t used it in a project yet, but I’m dyin’ to (I’m dying to have the free time to do any projects — I have a laundry list of things I want to try). The new Labs card/target board is for the ATtiny2313 AVR chip, the MCU used in such projects as the MiniPOV and the LED Mini Menorah.

Like the original card, our design goals for this project were (1) to make a printed circuit board version of the minimalist target board for the microcontroller, encompassing a place for the chip and a connection to the 6-pin ISP header, (2) to make a minimal and inexpensive circuit board platform that you could use to deploy a single AVR somewhere with without much fuss, (3) to encompass the capacity of a breakout board, giving extra holes to tap into each pin of the AVR and provide labels for every pin, (4) to fit in some small amount of flexible prototyping space, (5) to make it all fit into a neat business-card form factor, and (6) to release it as an open-source project.

Read more about it here.

You can get one of the boards yourself here.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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