As you should know by now, Arduino is a fantastic microcontroller platform featuring a simple data input and outputs along with an easy to learn programming environment.Ã‚ Now the boys over at tinker.it have come out with the Arduino’s big brother – the Arduino MEGA!Ã‚ Make recently met up with Tom Igoe of the Arduino team to talk about the new board, check the video interview above.
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The Arduino Mega is based on the ATmega1280 and has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, 128 KB of flash memory, USB connection, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller – simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega is fully compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Duemilanove or Diecimila.
Of course, it can be powered via USB connection or DC power adapter and has a resettable polyfuse that protect the computer from overcurrent or a short.