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Arduino

Eco-system of microcontroller dev boards for Learning, Making and Prototyping

Arduino is a hardware and software eco-system for education and quick prototyping of electronics. The hardware is mainly around micro-controller family that now is expanding with more powerful ARM MCUs. The software is Integrated Development Environment (IDE) supporting complete family of 50+ official boards + 1000s of third party variant boards.


What is Arduino?


How Arduino works?

Arduino hardware eco-system is consisting of Arduino main boards & shields that allows you to add various functionality to your main board depending on your unique needs. Each Arduino boards have unique features to accommodate various functionality like WiFi, Bluetooth (BLE), low power, LoRa and Narrow Band (NB). You can stack multiple shield on one main board as long as you are making sure they are not using same input and output pin at the same time,

Main board

Shield

Wiring


Arduino board comparison


Parameters

  • Operating Voltage (V)

  • Weight (grams)

  • Footprint profile

Uno & others

  • 3.3 and 5 volts variants

  • 10 to 30 grams

  • Medium & Large

MKR

  • 3.3 volts

  • Greater than 30 grams

  • Small

Nano

  • 3.3 and 5 volts variants

  • less than 10 grams

  • Very small

Arduino UNO

Arduino UNO board are most popular and oldest board in Arduino family. They have content rich as well a lot of DIY tutorials and resources to get you started. If you are beginner or using this for teaching then it is ideal platform. Also, a variant UNO board have microcontroller removable. That makes easy to replace microcontroller if damage as well also easy to make your own board to reuse it. There are more than 1000s of shields and sensors for the UNO board. 

  • Cost effective under $50

  • Removable Microcontroller chip*

  • Largest eco-system of third party shields and sensors

  • Stackable shields

  • Ideally for learning and entry level

Arduino Nano

Arduino Nano series is a small footprint boards. They are ideally for prototyping or product development of the portable device. They can be configured as low power device and can run on battery for a long time. The Nano series includes microcontroller from Atmega328p, Atmega4809, nRF52840& Atmega4809chip.




  • Starts from $21

  • Various on-board connectivity available BLE, WiFi, IoT

  • Available in 5v and 3.3v IO compatible

  • Latest Nano 33 family also surface mountable

  • For small footprint design as well entry level

Arduino MKR

MKR series widely used in industrial rapid prototyping and IoT. The unique connectivity solutions like MKR1000 and MKR NB are my favorite in this range. 

The MKR series not like other Arduino boards which also have rich ecosystem of shields and carrier boards. 

  • Industrial quality for quick prototyping and development

  • BLE, WiFi, LoRa and cellular connectivity 

  • Based on SAMD21 Cortex®-M0+ , Intel Cyclone 1CL016

  • Ethernet, CAN, Vidor, 485 shields available
  • Ideally for serious & reliable solution

All other boards

There are many other Arduino like Mega, Due, Leonardo, Yun, Micro that are available for application specific solution like more number of IOs, ethernet connectivity, more memory, higher speed and small size. 


  • Application specific boards

  • Open Source Hardware (OSHW)

  • Control from Bluetooth* smart phone

  • Ideal for expert users

Starter kits


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Compatible boards



Arduino Educational kits

Curriculum & Content ready courses for Digital Technology 


If you are teacher/school starting with Digital technology curriculum implementation and looking for supportive Arduino activities and projects with digital technology curriculum then do check out these kits


Remote learning playlist


Starter kit


Science Physics kit


Arduino Day 2020



Blog


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Arduino IDE (Software for programming)


Software

You can download Arduino IDE on your PC or laptop to program Arduino and Arduino compatible boards.

Arduino IDE supports following OS

Windows Installer, 

for Windows 7 and up

Windows ZIP file for non admin install

Windows app Requires Win 8.1 or 10 Get

Mac OS X 10.10 or newer

Linux 32 bits

Linux 64 bits

Linux ARM 32 bits

Linux ARM 64 bits

Arduino Web editor

Arduino online web editor offers to save your Arduino sketches online as well access it from anywhere. 

Always have the most up-to-date version of the IDE, including all the contributed libraries and support for new Arduino boards.

Arduino cloud

Microbit classroom is an online platform to support you teaching and running your virtual classroom. 

It can also be used in face to face teaching as it can play an important part for sharing code and monitoring individual student's activities.


Resources


Arduino Guide

All you need to get started with your Arduino board. This guide includes step by step information for installing arduino board and writing your first code 

Arduino code reference

Are you looking for Arduino code reference? Following link give you all information about library, function, variable and structure of Arduino programming. 

Arduino Tutorial & Library

Learn how to install library and various basic tutorial to get you setup and going with your project. 



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